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Bayern rout Chelsea to reach Champions League quarter-finals


Robert Lewandowski struck twice as Bayern Munich cruised past Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory and remain on course for a treble of titles.

The Bavarian giants were heavy favorites to progress following a 3-0 first-leg win at Stamford Bridge pre-lockdown, and they got off to the perfect start when Lewandowski stroked home a penalty on 10 minutes.

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The Polish hitman then turned provider as he laid on a pass for Ivan Perisic to tuck in the second soon after.

Chelsea was second best for much of the first half and was left frustrated when Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fine finish was ruled out by VAR. However, the visitors did pull one back on the stroke of half time when Tammy Abraham pounced upon an error from Manuel Neuer.

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Frank Lampard’s men improved after the break, but Bayern remained the greater threat. Substitute Corentin Tolisso made sure of the win before Lewandowski’s bullet header sealed a 7-1 success on aggregate.

Bayern will now look ahead to a one-off quarter-final showdown with Barcelona in Lisbon on Friday, August 14.