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Bayern Munich's Champions league hopes dwindle with shocking 1-0 loss to Lazio

Posted : 15 February 2024

A crisis engulfs Bayern Munich as they faced an unexpected 1-0 defeat against Lazio in the first leg of the Champions League final. Thomas Tuchel's team, still reeling from a 3-0 league loss to Bayer Leverkusen, returned to Champions League action after a three-month hiatus, displaying a lackluster performance at the Allianz Arena.


Despite dominating possession and creating several chances, the German side failed to pose a significant threat. Striker Harry Kane, in particular, struggled to find the net, and Lazio's goalkeeper Ivan Provedal remained untested throughout the match. The Italian visitors, under Maurizio Sarri's guidance, capitalized on their limited opportunities and seized control in the 67th minute when Dayo Upamecano's foul led to a red card, and Ciro Immobile converted the subsequent penalty, deciding the match (69).


The defeat marked Bayern Munich's first loss in the Champions League quarterfinals in 11 years and their first defeat to an Italian team in 13 years. The Bavarians, who failed to register a shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, now face an uphill battle, needing a better performance in the return leg at the Allianz Arena to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.


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Although history favors Bayern, with a positive record of rising on nine of the last 13 occasions after losing the first away game in Europe by one goal, recent failures against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Villarreal add a layer of uncertainty to their prospects.


On the other hand, Maurizio Sarri's Lazio secured a crucial advantage, but the challenge remains daunting as they strive to maintain this lead in an away game against Bayern. The Italians brace themselves for tough league encounters against Torino, Fiorentina, and Milan, fully aware of the intense battles that lie ahead as they aim to progress in the Champions League.


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