MUNICH, Germany, Nov 25 – Holders Bayern Munich booked their place within the Champions League final 16 on Wednesday as Robert Lewandowski claimed his 71st objective within the competitors in a 3-1 dwelling win over Salzburg.
Lewandowski scored simply earlier than the break on the Allianz Area to attract degree with Actual Madrid nice Raul in third on the Champions League checklist of prime goalscorers.
Solely Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 131 instances, and Lionel Messi with 118 targets, have scored greater than Poland star Lewandowski.
Bayern earned their fifteenth straight Champions League win to qualify for the knock-out stage as Group A winners, as second-placed Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 with Lokomotiv Moscow.
“It’s necessary that we’re group winners. That’s a transparent step in the suitable route,” stated Bayern captain Manuel Neuer, who was excellent in objective.
Hosts Bayern doubled their lead simply after the break when Kingsley Coman’s shot deflected in off Salzburg defender Maximilian Woeber.
Leroy Sane claimed their third objective simply after Bayern have been diminished to 10 males when midfielder Marc Roca was despatched off on his Champions League debut.
Salzburg pulled a objective again when ahead Mergim Berisha obtained in behind the Bayern defence to internet on 73 minutes.
With Bayern defenders Niklas Suele and Lucas Hernandez sidelined, US worldwide Chris Richards made his Champions League debut at left-back.
Roca lasted simply over an hour on solely his third look since becoming a member of from Espanyol in October.
The European champions gained 6-2 when the perimeters met in Austria at first of November when Bayern scored 4 late targets.
Simply as they’d accomplished at dwelling, Salzburg made a vivid begin and Hungarian rising star Dominik Szoboszlai wasted a golden probability within the thirty fifth minute when he shot over with the objective at his mercy.
Simply as they’d in Saturday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw at dwelling to Werder Bremen, Bayern laboured early on, however didn’t waste the primary probability which got here their method.
When Thomas Mueller’s shot was solely parried by Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, Lewandowski was available to show within the rebound on 43 minutes.
It was 2-0 seven minutes simply after the break when Leon Goretkza gained the ball and handed to Coman, who beat a defender and fired in a speculative shot which took a depraved deflection off Woeber’s boot.
Having already been booked for an earlier foul on Zlatko Junuzovic, Roca was dismissed on 66 minutes for a late problem on the Salzburg midfielder.
It made little distinction as Bayern grabbed their third objective when Sane powered dwelling a header from Coman’s cross.
Sane was at fault for Salzburg’s comfort when he gave the ball away in his personal half which led to Berisha getting in behind the defence.
Bayern lived dangerously late on as Salzburg substitute Luka Sucic fired simply extensive.