- A hat trick in 23 minutes by the Pole, already top scorer in the tournament, settled the tie in favor of Bayern after the first leg 1-1 in Austria
- Thomas Müller (2), Gnabry and Sané completed the ‘seven’ in the return of a confident Neuer who neutralized the visiting chances in the first half
A devastating Robert Lewandowski annihilated Salzburg’s dream of eliminating the almighty Bayern Munich and, with a ‘hat trick’ in just 23 minutes, settled the tie at the Allianz Arena (7-1) after the surprising 1-1 recorded three weeks ago in Austria.
Bayern arrived with doubts about the game they had been exhibiting in recent weeks, including in the first leg against a Salzburg that surpassed them during many phases, but Lewandowski cleared them up by assuming responsibility from the opening whistle.
Lewandowski, ambitious from the initial whistle
Already in minute 2 the goalkeeper Philipp Köhn took a hard low shot from the Pole and, although Salzburg in the next play was able to advance in a shot by Nicolás Capaldo that miraculously deflected Kingsley Coman in extremis, the Bavarian machinery gave no chance to surprise .
Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 11th minute by receiving from Thomas Müller and being brought down by Maximilian Wöber after controlling and turning on himself in a high-quality maneuver. After ruling the VAR that the foul was inside the area, the Bayern striker opened the penalty marker.
Salzburg, even with the 1-0, could lavish some of the quick transitions attacking the spaces that dismantled Bayern in the first game, but Manuel Neuer, in his reappearance after a month off, provided security to his defense of three center backs , who again showed signs of weakness in an error by Benjamin Pavard. Nicolas Seiwald took advantage of it but the German goalkeeper put in a saving hand (15′).
In the 22nd minute it was 2-0 in an action similar to that of the first goal. This time Leroy Sané put the ball to Lewandowski, who in an attempt to control it was brought down again by Wöber. The Pole did not fail this time either from the fateful point by deceiving Köhn.
85 goals in 104 Champions League games
Lewandowski, insatiable, also made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute. Thomas Müller put a pass into the gap on the counterattack, Köhn came out of his area, but the clearance tripped the striker, the ball shot towards the goal, hitting the the post and the Pole, who was lucky on this move, pushed him into the net at an empty goal with his thigh. It is his 85th goal in 104 Champions League games.
With this hat trick, Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in the current edition of the Champions League and displaces Sébastien Haller (Ajax), who has 11, to the top of the list of top scorers in the tournament.
Gnabry, Müller and Sané join the party
With the game already decided, Serge Gnabry joined the party with the 4-0 lead by receiving from Jamal Musiala and placing a cross shot (31′). Salzburg still tried to get into the game with two attempts from Andreas Ulmer (35′) and a subdued Karim Adeyemi (45′), but Neuer was always very sure.
In the second half, Bayern, as on their best nights, did not let go. Thomas Müller made it 5-0 after receiving from Leroy Sané and turning around in the box (54′). Maurits Kjaergaard saved the Austrian honor on a counterattack with a shot to the near post (70′).
Heel assistance, the icing
In the last moments, Bayern returned to the charge and Müller achieved his double by pushing a pass from Sané after great collective action. Sané himself established the 7-1 by shooting Köhn in another stellar intervention by Lewandowski, who put the icing on his display with a heel assist.
Key Opta facts
– Salzburg suffered their heaviest ever defeat in the Champions League, with their previous biggest loss in the competition also coming against Bayern Munich in November 2020 (6-2).
– Bayern have won all six of their games in European competition when hosting an Austrian opponent, scoring 22 goals and only conceding four in return.
– Lewandowski became the third player to score 10+ goals in three or more different Champions League seasons after Ronaldo (seven seasons) and Messi (five).
– Muller has scored 26 Champions League knockout stage goals for Bayern, more than any other player for the club in the competition’s history.
– Kjaergaard (18y 255d) became the youngest Danish goalscorer in Champions League history and also Salzburg’s youngest scorer in the competition.
Bayern have a tricky trip to top-four chasing Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Salzburg are up against Sturm Graz on Sunday.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Süle (Nianzou, 66′), Lucas Hernández (Upamecano, 60′); Gnabry (Bouna Sarr, 46′), Kimmich, Musiala (Marc Roca, 66′), Coman (Choupo-Moting, 66′); Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané; Lewandowski
Sazlburg: Köhn; Kristensen, Solet (Sucic, 46′), Wöber, Ulmer; Capaldo, Mohamed Camara (Samson Tijani, 67′), Aaranson, Seiwald (Piatkowski, 46′); Adeyemi (Sesko, 62′) and Adamu (Kjaergaard, 61′)
Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski (pen.) (12′), 2-0 Lewandowski (pen.) (21′), 3-0 Lewandowski (23 ‘), 4-0 Gnabry (31′), 5-0 Müller (54′), 5-1 Kjaergaard (70′), 6-1 Müller (83′), 7-1 Leroy Sané (86’)
Referee: Clement Turpin (France). No cards
Spectators: 25,000 at the Allianz Arena