UEFA Champions League: Immobile on the spot to give Lazio edge as 10-man Bayern Munich struggle again

Ciro Immobile led Lazio to their first Champions League quarter-final in nearly a quarter of a century with a 1-0 triumph against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, sending their troubled opponents even further into struggle.

Italian striker scored the deciding goal from the penalty spot in the 69th minute of the first leg in Rome, adding pressure on Bundesliga champions Bayern, who are facing a poor season by their high standards.

Gustav Isaksen won the penalty but was clattered by Dayot Upamecano with a harsh tackle, earning the France defender a red card and leaving Bayern with one man down for the last 20 minutes.

Immobile’s strike came only days after he scored his 200th Serie A goal, allowing a loud Lazio home crowd to dream of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years.

Bayern manager Tuchel, who called his team’s performance “a little bit slapstick,” denied that he is worried about his future, despite the fact that Bayern lost to Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Saturday, moving them five points behind the leaders in the German title race.

The Champions League seemed to be Bayern’s last opportunity to win a title this season, but Immobile put doubt on those goals.

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