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Harry Kane propels Bayern Munich into the last eight of the Champions League

<p>Bayern Munich defeated Lazio 3-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals 3-1 overall, thanks to goals from Harry Kane in each of the two halves.</p>
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<p>In the 38th minute, Kane scored his first Champions League knockout goal in five years to square the score and erase Lazio’s advantage from the first leg.</p>
<p>Before the half, Thomas Mueller gave the home team a two-goal lead with a deft header. In the 66th, Kane added another goal by tapping in the rebound of a Leroy Sane attempt to ensure Bayern advanced to the next round.</p>
<p>“We had the best night ever,” Kane said to Amazon Prime.</p>
<p>“We played and created chances and pressed without the ball—it was a top, top performance—everyone with energy, all around the pitch.”</p>
<p>Bayern maintained their remote chances of winning anything this season, while probably granting departing coach Thomas Tuchel a reprieve until the April quarterfinals.</p>
<p>Even while Kane acknowledged that Tuchel’s departure was “unusual,” he said that “nights like this can change the season.” I’m happy for the boys; we simply need to maintain our current pace.</p>
<p>“We’re going to make sure everyone enjoys this feeling, nevermind what is in the newspaper yesterday or tomorrow,” said Mueller, a two-time Champions League champion.</p>
<p>“We’re thrilled because we understand how important it is to move forward today.”</p>
<p>Lazio’s hopes of making their first Champions League quarterfinal since 1999–2000 were dashed with the defeat.</p>
<p>Bayern, the six-time European champions, were facing elimination from the round of 16 for only the second time in their previous 13 seasons heading into Tuesday’s game.</p>
<p>Less than a year after joining Munich, Tuchel lost his job as a result of Bayern’s worst run since 2015. The run included three consecutive defeats, including a 1-0 loss in the first leg in Rome.</p>
<p>The coach pledged to be more “ruthless” after allowing Tuchel to keep the seat warm until the summer.</p>
<p>He benched high-profile acquisition Kim Min-Jae in favor of Eric Dier on Tuesday and moved Joshua Kimmich, a mainstay in Bayern and Germany’s midfield, to right-back.</p>
<p>Jamal Musiala and the fully recovered Sane both came close to helping Bayern push Lazio back early on.</p>
<p><strong>Unmoving regret</strong></p>
<p>After Matthijs de Ligt made a mistake in minute 36, Ciro Immobile, who scored the solitary goal in the first leg, had a great opportunity to increase Lazio’s advantage but pulled his header just wide.</p>
<p>The error proved to be costly as Kane equalized the score a few seconds later by heading in a deflected attempt from Raphael Guerreiro.</p>
<p>Mueller, who also saw more playing time after Tuchel’s announced resignation, extended Bayern’s lead in stoppage time of the first half by heading in a De Ligt shot in a style reminiscent of a poacher.</p>
<p>The German media made jokes about how the infamously trophyless Kane had cursed Bayern, putting the team at risk of going without a trophy for the first time since 2012, despite the player’s phenomenal scoring streak since joining from Spurs.</p>
<p>But when Sane forced a save from Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel, the England captain ensured Bayern would remain in Europe by scoring from close range. It was his 33rd goal in as many games this season.</p>
<p>Lazio’s Immobile, who suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game, left the visitors without a weapon in the attack as Bayern took charge of the match to blunt the bitterness.</p>
<p>Captain Manuel Neuer of Bayern equaled the Champions League record of 57 established by Real Madrid great Iker Casillas as the team maintained their first clean sheet in eight outings.</p>

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