Bayern seal quick Champions League knockout berth with easy win over Benfica

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Europe: Champions League

R. Lewandowski (26), S.Gnabry (32), X R. Lewandowski (45), L. Sane (49), R. Lewandowski (61), R. Lewandowski (84)

F. Rodrigues (38), D. Nuñez (74)

By Rune Gjerulff @runegjerulff

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, provided an assist and missed a penalty as Bayern München thrashed Benfica 5-2 to seal an early Champions League qualification for the knockout stages.

Robert Lewandowski. Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Bayern München booked a place in the Champions League knockout stages with a resounding 5-2 win over Benfica at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, making it four wins from four group stage matches.
Benfica actually looked to have taken the lead in the 15th minute as Lucas Verissimo had the ball in the net from a corner, but the goal was ruled out as Pizzi was offside in the build-up.

Instead, it was Bayern who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, with Robert Lewandowski heading into Kingsley Coman’s cross at the far post in his 100th Champions League appearance.

The Poland international was the provider six minutes later as he clipped the ball for Serge Gnabry, who doubled the score with a backheel.

Benfica pulled one back through Morato in the 38th minute but suffered another setback when Bayern were awarded a penalty just before the break following a Verissimo handball. Lewandowski, however, missed the shot.

But the German champions were far from finished and increased their lead in the opening phase of the second half thanks to a goal from Leroy Sané and Lewandowki’s second goal of the evening.


Benfica managed to get back on the scoresheet with 75 minutes played, with Darwin Nunez grabbing a consolation goal, before Robert Lewandowski completed his hat-trick and closed the show.

The win means Bayern are six points clear of second-placed Barcelona and eight points ahead of third-placed Benfica with two rounds of the group stage remaining.

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