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Bayern vs Lazio: UEFA Champions League background, form guide, previous meetings

Bayern München are in pole position to reach a ninth quarter-final in ten seasons as they welcome Lazio holding a 4-1 first-leg advantage.

Ciro Immobile  and  Robert Lewandowski  meet at the end of the first leg
Ciro Immobile and Robert Lewandowski meet at the end of the first leg AFP via Getty Images

Bayern München are in pole position to reach a ninth UEFA Champions League quarter-final in ten seasons as they welcome Lazio holding a 4-1 first-leg advantage.

• The holders won the away first leg of their round of 16 tie by a three-goal margin for the second season in succession with a dominant display at the Stadio Olimpico. First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski (9), Jamal Musiala (24) – who became, aged 17 years 363 days, the second youngest player to score in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase – and Leroy Sané (42) were added to after the break by a Francesco Acerbi own goal (47) as Bayern took command of the tie, although the last word on the night at least went to the home side thanks to Joaquín Correa's 49th-minute consolation.

• Both clubs had come through the group stage undefeated. While Bayern won five of their six fixtures this season to finish seven points clear at the top of Group A, Lazio needed a 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge on Matchday 6 to claim second place in Group F behind Borussia Dortmund.

• The first leg of this tie was the teams' first meeting in UEFA competition.

Highlights: Lazio 1-4 Bayern Munich (2 mins)

Form guide

• The German giants extended their competition record run of victories to 15 this season, following up a 4-0 home defeat of Atlético de Madrid with wins at Lokomotiv Moskva (2-1) and Salzburg (6-2) before a 3-1 home victory against the Austrian side on Matchday 4 sealed progress. Their long winning run was ended by a 1-1 draw at Atleti on Matchday 5, the first time Bayern had failed to win a UEFA Champions League match since 13 March 2019, before a 2-0 closing victory at home to Lokomotiv.

• Bayern claimed their sixth European Cup in 2019/20, and third in the UEFA Champions League era, with a 1-0 final defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon. That was Bayern's 11th successive win in the competition, surpassing the record mark they set between April and November 2013 and which Real Madrid matched between April 2014 and February 2015. Bayern were the first unbeaten champions since Manchester United in 2007/08.

• The Munich club became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season, before easing through the knockout stages, beating Chelsea in the round of 16 (3-0 a, 4-1 h) before wins in one-off ties against Barcelona (8-2) – the first time Bayern had scored eight goals in a UEFA Champions League match – Lyon (3-0) and Paris in Lisbon.

• Bayern's 43 goals in last season's UEFA Champions League campaign was the highest total by any club since the competition changed format in 2003/04. The all-time record for a single campaign is the 45 scored by Barcelona in 1999/2000 – though they played 16 matches compared to Bayern's 11 in 2019/20.

• Lewandowski finished as the top scorer in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League with 15 goals, two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo's competition record of 17 for Real Madrid in 2013/14. The goal he scored against Lazio in Rome was his 72nd in the UEFA Champions League, taking him ahead of Raúl González and into outright third place in the competition's all-time scoring list.

• This is Bayern's 24th UEFA Champions League campaign, fewer only than Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 25). They have now won their section 17 times, including in each of the last three seasons. Only Barcelona (21 times) have done so more often.

• Champions of Germany for a record 30th time last season – with a landmark eighth successive Bundesliga title – Bayern have reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in eight of the last nine seasons, the exception their defeat by eventual champions Liverpool in the 2018/19 round of 16.

• Bayern have already won European silverware this season, defeating UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla 2-1 after extra time in the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest on 24 September thanks to goals from Leon Goretzka (34) and Javi Martínez (104).

• The draw at Atlético on Matchday 5 ended Bayern's run of UEFA competition victories at 16; their sole loss in their last 28 European outings is the 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg (W22 D5).

Watch all Bayern's group stage goals

• Bayern have won all seven home UEFA Champions League matches since losing to Liverpool, the only one of their last ten European games in Munich that they have failed to win.

• This is Bayern's first home game against an Italian club since a 4-2 extra-time win against Juventus in the 2015/16 round of 16 second leg, a result that completed a 6-4 win on aggregate. That made their record in two-legged ties against Serie A sides W5 L6, with aggregate victories in their last two contests.

• Bayern have won their last four home matches against Italian opponents. Their overall home record against Serie A sides is W10 D5 L5.

• Bayern's round of 16 record is W12 L4; they beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate last season (3-0 a, 4-1 h). The 2018/19 defeat by another English club, Liverpool (0-0 a, 1-3 h), is the only one of their last nine last-16 ties they have failed to win; this is their 13th successive season at this stage.

• Bayern have lost three of their last six home matches in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, including two in a row – against Liverpool in 2018/19 and Real Madrid in the 2017/18 semi-final first leg (1-2) – before last season's win against Chelsea.

• The 2016 contest with Juventus was Bayern's fourth UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against an Italian club; their record is W2 L2.

• Bayern have lost only one of their 26 UEFA ties in which they won the away first leg, going out to Internazionale in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (1-0 away, 2-3 home). The most recent of their 25 aggregate wins was against Chelsea at this stage of last season's competition. This is the first time they have won the away first leg 4-1.

• Bayern's record in six UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W5 L1:
4-3 v Åtvidaberg, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round
9-8 v PAOK, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
5-4 v Valencia, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
3-4 v Chelsea, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
5-4 v Chelsea, 2013 UEFA Super Cup

Watch Lazio's Ciro Immobile in action

• Lazio drew four of their six Group F games, all three away matches – at Club Brugge, Zenit and Dortmund – ending 1-1. They won their first two home matches 3-1, defeating Dortmund on Matchday 1 and Zenit on Matchday 4, before the qualiification-sealing draw against Club Brugge in Rome on Matchday 6.

• The Rome club have not kept a clean sheet in their last 18 UEFA Champions League games, group stage to final, since a 2-0 win at Beşiktaş on Matchday 1 of the 2003/04 campaign.

• Matchday 2 marked Lazio's first draw in 19 European games, since they were held 2-2 by Dynamo Kyiv in Rome in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg in March 2018; three of their subsequent five matches have also finished all square.

• This is Lazio's sixth UEFA Champions League campaign. On their most recent appearance, in 2007/08, they finished fourth in their section having picked up only five points from six games. Their previous appearances in the competition all came between 1999 and 2004.

• Despite this season's wins against Dortmund and Zenit, Lazio have won only three of their last 18 UEFA Champions League matches, group stage to final (D8 L7).

• Before their first Group F game, Lazio's sole UEFA Champions League tie since 2007 had been a play-off defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in 2015/16 (1-0 h, 0-3 a), their last knockout contests against Bundesliga opponents before this tie.

• Lazio's record in two-legged ties against German clubs is W2 L2.

• The Biancocelesti took part in the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2019/20, winning two of their fixtures, both at home, but losing the other four to finish third in the standings behind Celtic and CFR Cluj.

• Although unbeaten in this season's competition before the first leg of this tie, Simone Inzaghi's side – who qualified for the group stage by finishing fourth in Serie A in 2019/20 – have lost nine of their last 17 European matches (W4 D4).

• Lazio's 3-1 victory against Dortmund on Matchday 1 ended a three-match losing streak, home and away, against German clubs and is their only victory in the last six such contests (D1 L4).

• The Italian side have seven wins in 17 games against Bundesliga clubs (D4 L6), but only one in Germany – 2-0 at Stuttgart in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 16. They lost their two previous away matches against Bundesliga clubs, going down 4-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage in addition to that 2015 defeat in Leverkusen, before this season's draw in Dortmund.

• This is Lazio's second appearance in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds; their sole previous tie was a defeat by Valencia in the 1999/2000 quarter-finals (2-5 a, 1-0 h). That is their most successful campaign in the competition.

• Lazio are one of two teams making their round of 16 debut in 2020/21, along with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Lazio have lost the home first leg in three previous UEFA ties, all in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, and suffered aggregate elimination on each occasion – against Atlético de Madrid in 2011/12 (1-3 h, 0-1 a), Ludogorets in 2013/14 (0-1 h, 3-3 a) and Sevilla in 2018/19 (0-1 h, 0-2 a).

• Lazio have yet to feature in a UEFA penalty shoot-out.

Watch all Lazio's group stage goals

Links and trivia
• Pepe Reina was a Bayern player in 2014/15, although he made only three Bundesliga appearances. His team-mates included Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, Javi Martínez, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski.

• Has also played in Germany:
Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund 2014/15)

• Bayern assistant coach Miroslav Klose played for Lazio between 2011 and 2016, scoring 63 goals in 170 games for the club and winning the Coppa Italia in 2012/13.

• Have also played in Italy:
Douglas Costa (Juventus 2017–20)
Kingsley Coman (Juventus 2014/15)

• Costa won four of his five Serie A games against Lazio with Juve, although his only goal against them came in a 2-1 home defeat in October 2017.

• International team-mates
Douglas Costa & Andreas Pereira (Brazil)

• Have played together
Marc Roca & Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol 2016/17)

• Acerbi helped Italy keep two clean sheets (0-0 away, 2-0 home) against Lewandowski's Poland in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League on 11 October and 15 November respectively.

• Italy's Marco Parolo scored a penalty past Neuer in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals, but a Germany side also including Boateng, Joshua Kimmich and Müller ran out 6-5 winners in the shoot-out. Boateng and Kimmich both converted their penalties, although Müller missed from the spot.

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UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Tanguy Nianzou
Out: Bright Arrey-Mbi, Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, loan), Joshua Zirkzee (Parma, loan)

• Joshua Kimmich's appearance at Lazio was his 50th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Thomas Müller has played 121 matches in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final; no German has played in the competition more. Manuel Neuer (117) is also now ahead of previous record holder Philipp Lahm's total of 112 matches.

• Jamal Musiala, who signed his first professional contract on 5 March with a deal running until 2026, became Bayern's youngest UEFA Champions League scorer at Lazio aged 17 years 363 days.

• Bayern have won their last four competitive games, scoring 16 goals. The Bundesliga leaders were 3-1 winners at Werder Bremen on Saturday.

• Robert Lewandowski, who scored Bayern's third on Saturday, has 32 goals after 25 Bundesliga matchdays, a new competition record. The striker has amassed three goals more than former Bayern striker Gerd Müller managed at this stage of his record 40-goal season in 1971/72. Lewandowski's best Bundesliga haul is 34 goals in 2019/20.

• Saturday's goal was Lewandowski's 268th in the Bundesliga for Dortmund and Bayern combined, taking him level with Klaus Fischer in joint second place in the all-time rankings behind Müller (365 goals).

• Neuer recorded his 21st Bundesliga win against Bremen, a new league record for victories against a single opponent.

• Four days after the first leg Bayern prevailed 5-1 at home to Köln, with Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski each scoring twice.

• Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting opened the scoring against Köln with his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern.

• Despite trailing by two goals after nine minutes Bayern won 4-2 against Dortmund on 6 March, Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick against his former club.

• Dortmund are only the second club to have scored twice in the first nine minutes of a Bundesliga match at Bayern – after Duisburg on 22 January 1977, a game that finished 2-2.

• Bayern have conceded 35 goals in their first 25 Bundesliga games this season, their highest total in the 21st century, surpassing the 31 at the same stage in 2008/09.

• Bayern have scored 74 goals in their first 25 Bundesliga games this season, matching their record at the same stage of 2013/14.

• Ron-Thorben Hoffmann has been out since 7 March because of a knee injury that needed surgery.

• Jérôme Boateng had to be substituted against Dortmund due to a knee injury but played 90 minutes at Bremen.

• David Alaba missed the weekend win with a knock.

• Corentin Tolisso underwent surgery on a thigh injury on 19 February and is expected to be sidelined for three months.

• Benjamin Pavard played 90 minutes on Saturday, his first appearance since 17 February due to illness.

• On 15 February Bayern announced that Douglas Costa faces a spell on the sidelines due to a metatarsal injury; he is back in light training.

• Alexander Nübel had been sidelined by an ankle injury since 28 January, but was on the bench on Saturday.

• Nianzou has been out since 11 December due to a thigh injury. The defender is also back in light training.

• Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Kimmich and Lewandowski, plus former Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcántara, were included in the UEFA.com fans' Men's Team of the Year 2020.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Senad Lulić, Mateo Musacchio (AC Milan)
Out: Djavan Anderson, Luis Felipe

• Mateo Musacchio's appearance in the first leg was his 50th in UEFA club competition.

• Lazio had lost three successive three games in all competitions, the defeat at home to Bayern followed by further reverses at Bologna on 27 February (0-2) and Juventus on 6 March (1-3) before Friday's 3-2 win at home to Crotone.

• Lazio have still lost four of their last six games in all competitions, scoring seven goals and conceding 14.

• The defeat at Bologna ended Lazio's run of scoring in 28 games in all competitions; it was the first time they had drawn a blank since the 3-0 defeat at Sampdoria on 17 October. Lazio have found the net in 33 of their 35 matches in 2020/21.

• Joaquín Correa had scored Lazio's last two goals before Friday, when Sergej Milinković-Savić, Luis Alberto and – six minutes from time – Felipe Caicedo found the net.

• Ciro Immobile has not scored in his last five Serie A games. The last time he failed to find the net in five consecutive Serie A games was when he went seven without a goal in April and May 2019.

• Lazio have not registered a draw in Serie A since 3 January, when their game at Genoa finished 1-1; their league record since then is W8 L3.

• Before hitting three on Friday, Lazio had not scored more than once in six games in all competitions, finding the net five times in that sequence.

• Manuel Lazzari missed the defeat at Juventus and the victory against Crotone with a calf injury.

• Luis Felipe has been removed from Lazio's UEFA Champions League squad and has not played since undergoing surgery on his left ankle on 22 January.

• Thomas Strakosha is available again after recovering from the knee injury that kept him out since 21 January but has been on the bench for Lazio's last four matches.

• Ştefan Radu returned on Friday having missed five games with a groin problem.