Bayern Munich have booked their spots in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, defeating Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate after a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on, and Ivan Perisic doubled their advantage soon after.
Chelsea did pull one back through Tammy Abraham, but Munich would add two more before the night was done, as Corentin Tolisso got onto the scoresheet before Lewandowski grabbed his brace.
The emphatic win meant Munich are into the last eight of the tournament, while Chelsea bow out at the Round of 16 stage.
Story of the match
Munich made sure to put the tie to bed as soon as possible, taking the lead on the night in the 10th minute. Robert Lewandowski snuck through on goal and dribbled past the onrushing Willy Caballero, who took him with a sliding challenge. The referee had no other choice than to point to the spot, and Lewandowski converted the resulting spot kick with ease.
They continued to control the game, with Chelsea unable to do much whenever they got the ball. Bayern were eventually able to grab another 15 minutes later, capitalizing on the counter. Lewandowski held the ball up before picking out an unmarked Ivan Perisic in the area, who slotted home from a few yards out.
Chelsea thought they had pulled one back moments later as Callum Hudson-Odoi curled a shot from distance into the side netting, but the goal was called back after a quick VAR review deemed the youngster to have been offside.
The Blues would get on the scoreboard before the half was over, though. A low cross was poorly dealt with by Manuel Neuer, who spilled the ball back into the area. It bounced right to Tammy Abraham, who made no mistake with the close range finish.
Munich will have been disappointed to lose the clean sheet, but they still went into the break with a huge aggregate advantage.
Thomas Muller really should have made it 3-1 at the hour mark, as he was picked out in the area by an excellent cross from Alphonso Davies, but he could not keep his volley attempt on target.
The home side were dealt a potentially crucial injury blow, though, as Jerome Boateng was forced off due to an apparent muscle problem. He was able to carry on for a bit, but was eventually subbed off as a precautionary decision. Munich will hope he’ll be alright, as missing Boateng for the rest of the tournament would be dreadful news.
Bayern restored their five goal aggregate advantage in the 75th minute, as substitute Corentin Tolisso did what Muller couldn’t, and that’s volley home from close range. The cross from Lewandowski to set up the goal was class, but the Chelsea defense was nowhere to be seen.
Speaking of Lewandowski, he would grab his second with about 10 minutes to go. Alvaro Odriozola got free on the right wing before whipping in a superb cross towards the back post. The Polish striker rose highest in the box, directing his bullet header towards the bottom corner and into the back of the net.
Munich knew they had already done all the hard work in the first leg going into this contest. Up 3-0 after a dominating road win, they came back home with little reason to worry about their chances of advancing to the next round.
The Bavarians did not let themselves get complacent, though, as they put in a professional performance on the night to prevent any drama. Taking the lead after only 10 minutes pushed their advantage to four, and it became five only a little bit later. They controlled possession throughout, not letting the opposition create any chances of their own early.
It was only then that Bayern let off the gas, which allowed Chelsea to score a goal of their own. Munich responded well to the set back, and were able to add two more of their own before the night was done.
Now, they can officially set their sights on the quarterfinals, where they’ll face a Barcelona team that have been wildly inconsistent this season. Munich will like their chances of getting past them and into the semifinals, which would set up a match between them and the winner of the Lyon versus Manchester City matchup.
If the German champions can keep playing like this, then there’s plenty of reasons to believe they’ll be the side hoisting the trophy at the end of the campaign.
A tier below
Chelsea might be one of the continents most promising teams. They’ve got loads of young talents developing at a rapid pace alongside savvy veterans. Then there’s Frank Lampard, who has impressed many in only his second season as a first team head coach. With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech set to join the club at the end of the campaign, things are looking bright at Stamford Bridge.
However, they’ve still got a lot of work left to do if they want to become Champions League contenders once again.
This tie against Munich showed just how wide the gap between the two sides truly is. Chelsea were blown out of the water at home in the first leg, and they didn’t look much better in the second leg either. Their lack of experience at this level is what really cost them, as the Blues suffered when the pressure started to rise, while Bayern stayed confident and composed.
The good news is Chelsea will be able to learn from this. They now know what it takes to play at this level, and with the right offseason signings, there’s a good chance they’ll be ready to get some revenge when next season rolls around.
Man of the match: Robert Lewandowski
The Polish striker has been in world class form all season, and tonight was no different, as Robert Lewandowski scored twice and assisted twice as Munich won easily.
Breaking the deadlock early on, it was Lewandowski who won the penalty before coolly dispatching it. No one watching expected him to miss, which brought his Champions League tally up to 12 goals on the campaign.
He then turned from scorer to provider, setting up two more of Munich's goals. Lewandowski started by picking out Perisic on the counter, and went on to put in a perfect cross to Tolisso. Everyone knows how clinical the Polish international is, but he is also a very underrated passer.
Lewandowski would grab one more before the night was done, heading home with both power and precision. That would be his 13th of the European campaign, and he’ll now have his sights set on breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s previous record.
With the form he’s in, Lewandowski will like his chances of making history.