The German side made light work of the Blues thanks to the Polish superstar and his career-best Champions League goals return.

Robert Lewandowski equalled a Champions League record set by Cristiano Ronaldo as he led Bayern Munich into an emphatic win at Chelsea.

Lewandowski scored once and helped another two goals as the Bundesliga leaders claimed a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the last-16 tie on Tuesday.

The Bayern striker combined with Serge Gnabry to devastating effect to put up two goals in the space of 3 minutes to the Germany winger, before tapping in a cross in the electrical Alphonso Davies to secure a possibly unassailable first-leg benefit.

Lewandowski moved onto 11 goals in seven Champions League matches, his best album in one season, while he also matched Ronaldo’s record of nine away goals scored in Europe’s top club competition at precisely the identical campaign set back in 2013-14.

Unexpectedly, the Poland celebrity had gone 672 minutes without a goal in the Champions League knockout phase until his easy finish.

Bayern’s win means the Bundesliga leaders have scored three or more goals away from home against four different English sides in the contest since 2013 – Arsenal twice, Tottenham, and now Chelsea.

The margin of defeat was Chelsea’s heaviest at home in almost any European competition in their background.

Gnabry, meanwhile, matched a record previously set by Ronaldinho with his two-goal performance at Stamford Bridge.

Also, the German winger scored his sixth goal in London at the Champions League this season, having previously fired four against Tottenham in the group stage.

While Lewandowski and Gnabry were accountable for the goals on Tuesday evening, it was the performance of youthful converted full-back Davies that especially caught the eye.

The 19-year-old Canadian global was a menace down the left with his pace and kept Chelsea wing-back Reece James on the fringes of the activity with some superb defensive work.

In addition to creating two opportunities overall, such as Lewandowski’s tap-in, Davies recovered possession eight times in the 90 minutes. Just Thiago Alcantara (17) did so more frequently for Hansi Flick’s side.

Up next for Bayern Munich is a game against Hoffenheim this weekend before a DFB-Pokal quarterfinal clash against Schalke.


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