Bayern Munich Subdue Chelsea 4-1, Qualify On 7-1 Aggregate
Bayern proved far too strong for Chelsea again as Robert Lewandowski starred in a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena (7-1 on aggregate) to reach the Champions League quarter-final.
Chelsea had a mountain to climb even before Bayern raced into a two-goal lead through Robert Lewandowski’s penalty (10) and Ivan Perisic’s simple finish (24), but the Blues clawed back some pride with Tammy Abraham’s close-range goal from Manuel Neuer’s error (44).
Bayern will now play Barcelona in the quarter-final on Friday in Lisbon, with the winners of that game facing either Manchester City or Lyon on August 19 in the semi-final.
Frank Lampard’s promising first season at Chelsea finishes with two disappointing defeats, following their FA Cup final loss last weekend, while it will make a fine team to stop Bayern in Lisbon as the Champions League reaches a unique finale.
The more optimistic Chelsea fans had reason to be hopeful after sensational comebacks from English teams in last year’s competition, but this was a step too far for Lampard’s men against a Bayern side who attacked at will.
Bayern won a penalty early on as Lewandowski was found through on goal; he rounded Willy Caballero, was hauled down, and though offside was initially given, VAR found Emerson was playing him onside. Lewandowski stepped up and perfectly found the corner for his 52nd goal in all competitions this season.