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Lewandowski hits goal landmark as Bayern Munich hammer Lazio in Rome

Wednesday, 2021-02-24 08:15:58
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Lazio v Bayern Munich - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - February 23, 2021 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scores their first goal. (Photo: Reuters)
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Robert Lewandowski became the Champions League’s third top scorer of all time as holders Bayern Munich put one foot in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 thrashing of Lazio in their last-16 first leg in Rome on Tuesday (Feb 23).

The Polish striker pounced on a poorly judged back pass after nine minutes to steer in his 72nd goal in the competition. In doing so, he surpassed former Real Madrid striker Raul in the competition scoring charts to reach a total only bettered by Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, with 134 goals, and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with 119.

* A spectacular Olivier Giroud overhead kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg in Bucharest. The French striker broke the deadlock in the 68th minute with an outrageous bicycle kick which was flagged offside but eventually given following a lengthy VAR review as the ball had come off Atletico's Mario Hermoso before Giroud hit it.

* Golfing champion Tiger Woods was hospitalised in Los Angeles on Tuesday with severe leg injuries suffered when his car swerved off a road and rolled down a steep hillside, requiring rescue crews to pry him from the wreckage, authorities said.

* Real Madrid will attack Atalanta in Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg in Italy and go all out for victory despite missing close to half of their squad due to injury, coach Zinedine Zidane said. Real are missing nine first-team players including captain Sergio Ramos, record signing Eden Hazard and top scorer Karim Benzema but have managed to overcome their injury problems in recent league matches, winning their last four outings.

* UEFA have cancelled the planned finals of its Under-19 European Championships for both men and women due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the confederation said on Tuesday. The men's tournament was due to be held in Romania from June 30 with the women's event schedule for Belarus from July 21.

* Argentine Federico Coria upset sixth-seeded Dominik Koepfer in straight sets Tuesday in the first round of the Cordoba (Argentina) Open. Coria recorded a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 1 hour, 9 minutes over the German.

* Great Britain’s Andy Murray lost in straight sets and No. 8 seed Jan-Lennard Struff was defeated by his countryman Peter Gojowczyk in the second round at Montpellier, France. Gojowczyk won the all-German battle 6-3, 6-4. Murray fell 7-6 (8), 6-1 to Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov.

* Sixth-seeded Radu Albot of Moldova needed three sets to defeat Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith in the second round at Singapore. Albot won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in 1 1/2 hours.

* Manchester City will not change their approach for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg encounter with Borussia Moenchengladbach but cannot get complacent, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday. Premier League leaders City beat Arsenal 1-0 last Sunday to extend their winning streak in all competitions to 18 games and will be firm favourites against Gladbach but Guardiola said his side must show the German team the respect they deserve.

* Czech free-diver David Vencl swam nearly 81 metres beneath the ice on Tuesday, breaking the world record after braving the freezing water wearing only a swimsuit.

* MotoGP team boss and motorcycling world champion Fausto Gresini died at the age of 60 in Bologna on Tuesday, two months after contracting COVID-19. The Italian was placed in a medically-induced coma at a Bologna hospital when he caught the virus in December but taken out of it when his condition improved in January.

* World number three Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s Qatar Open in Doha, the organisers of the WTA 500 tournament announced on Tuesday. Halep, who lost in straight sets to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals last week, did not specify why she was pulling out of the March 1-6 hard court tournament.

* Everton's planning application for a new 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has been unanimously approved by Liverpool City Council, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

* Torino have suspended a training session due to concerns of further COVID-19 cases in the squad, the Serie A club announced on Tuesday. Three unnamed players tested positive for the virus last week, two on Thursday Feb. 18 and another on Saturday Feb. 20.

* A superb free kick from Brazilian winger Raphinha capped a 3-0 win for Leeds United over Southampton at Elland Road on Tuesday, condemning the struggling Saints to their seventh defeat in eight Premier League games. The win brought to an end a two-game losing run for Leeds and lifted them to 10th place in the table on 35 points, while Southampton remain 14th on 30 points, eight points above the relegation places.

Reuters