Bayern Munich and PSG Advance to Champions League Quarterfinals

Bayern Munich and PSG Advance to Champions League Quarterfinals

Bayern Munich's resurgence under interim manager Thomas Tuchel continued on Tuesday as they secured a 3-0 victory over Lazio in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. The win, which sealed a 3-1 aggregate triumph, propelled the German giants into the quarterfinals and reignited their hopes of European glory.

Harry Kane, Bayern's talismanic striker, proved to be the difference-maker once again. The England international opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a diving header, canceling out Lazio's first-leg advantage. He then doubled Bayern's lead in the 66th minute, tapping in a rebound after Thomas Mueller's effort had been parried.

Mueller had earlier made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime, heading in a Matthijs de Ligt volley. The German forward's goal proved to be a crucial moment, as it gave Bayern a comfortable cushion going into the second half.

Lazio, who were bidding for their first quarter-final appearance in 24 years, struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the match. Ciro Immobile's header just before halftime was their best opportunity, but it sailed narrowly wide.

Bayern, on the other hand, were relentless in their attack. Jamal Musiala almost added a third goal seconds after Kane's opener, but his sliding shot missed the target. Leroy Sane also came close in the second half, but his shot was palmed into Kane's path for the third goal.

The win provides a much-needed boost for Bayern, who had won just one of their last five matches in all competitions prior to Tuesday. It also eases the pressure on Tuchel, who will leave the club at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain also booked their place in the quarterfinals with a comfortable 2-1 victory away to Real Sociedad. Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show for the French champions, scoring both goals in a match that wrapped up a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Mbappe's first goal came in the 15th minute, as he curled a fabulous strike into the far corner. He doubled his tally in the 56th minute, bursting into the box and beating the goalkeeper at his near post.

Mikel Merino netted a consolation goal for Real Sociedad in the 89th minute, but it was too little too late to prevent PSG from reaching the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in three years.

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