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Harry Kane brace secures crucial victory for Bayern Munich

by Tom
Bayern Munich 3-0 Lazio_ Champions League highlights

Harry Kane’s double leads Bayern Munich past Lazio and secures their place in the Champions League quarter-finals 2023/24.

The Bundesliga side beat the Serie A representative 3-0 to overturn a one-goal first-leg deficit at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern’s superstar, Harry Kane, proved his worth as the former Tottenham Hotspur captain grabbed a brace. At the same time, Thomas Muller also got his name on the scoresheet to advance to the next round.

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Harry Kane scored as Bayern advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals

The defeat at the Stadio Olimpico last month absolutely hit the Bavarians in the guts. Kane, Muller, and co knew that only a victory could boost their spirits in a somewhat disappointing season so far and prove that they are still among the strongest contenders of the Champions League.

And the host responded perfectly when they smashed Maurizio Sarri’s side with three goals.

Harry Kane scored as Bayern Munich advanced in Champions League
Harry Kane scored as Bayern Munich advanced in Champions League

Thomas Tuchel’s side made a bright start to proceedings at the Allianz Arena. Leroy Sane was first to test Ivan Provedel in the Lazio goal, while Jamal Musiala saw a stinging effort from the edge of the box rebuffed by the visiting goalkeeper.

Kane was next to aim for his deflected effort, whistled wide of the post, with Lazio players regularly flinging their bodies in the way of Bayern shots. The Serie A side had shown glimpses of their attacking quality on the counter-attack. It should have taken the lead ten minutes before the break, but Ciro Immobile was unable to redirect his header on target at the far post from a deflected cross.

The Italian’s miss proved incredibly costly several minutes later as Bayern drew level on aggregate with a timely goal just before the break. Unsurprisingly, Kane put the hosts ahead on the night, heading home from close range following Raphael Guerreiro’s miscued shot – a strike met with a thunderous roar from the Bavarian crowd.

Bayern should have doubled their advantage just a minute later, with Musiala sliding Sane’s cutback inches wide of Provedel’s right-hand post. But Tuchel’s side did grab a second just moments before the half-time whistle, with Muller flicking Matthijs de Light’s venomous volley beyond Provedel and capping his 696th appearance for the club with a typically clever goal.

Bayern’s dominance continued after the restart as they looked to put the tie beyond doubt. Musiala and Guerreiro flashed efforts wide of goal from range as the hosts edged closer to a third.

With pressure on the Lazio goal increasing, Bayern eventually booked their spot in the quarter-final, and it was Kane who was in the right place at the right time to grab his second of the night. Sane curled a fierce effort towards the far post from just inside the area, with Provedel palming straight into the path of Kane for the striker to tap into an empty net. The English striker now makes it 32 goals in 33 appearances this season for Bayern, he is also the first British player to reach 50+ goals in Europe.

Muller fancied a double of his own as a confident Bayern began to tear through a tired Lazio, with the German hammering a strike off the post with 20 minutes to play. However, the hosts had to settle for three goals and a clean sheet as they booked their spot in the final eight of the Champions League.

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