Football: Lewandowski and Zieliński influential in Champions League

Robert Lewandowski scored one and assisted goals in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match for Bayern Munich against Chelsea, whilst Piotr Zieliński also notched up an assist for Napoli at home to Barcelona.

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”Lewy” breaks another record

The first half of the game held at Stamford Bridge stadium in London ended goallessly. But in the second, Bayern started to gain the upper hand. In the 50th minute, German attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry passed to Lewandowski, who entered the penalty area and returned to Gnabry to finish off the move and put Bayern ahead.

Just four minutes later, the same two players combined again for the second goal, with Lewandowski, setting up his teammate to give the Bavarians a two-goal lead.

In the 76th minute, Canadian full back Alphonso Davies sprinted down the left-hand side of and crossed for Lewandowski and the Polish striker made no mistake, grabbing the third and the last goal of the game.

This was Lewandowski’s eleventh Champions League strike of the season, his best tally in a single season. Moreover, the Polish striker scored his 64th career goal in the competition, which takes him to fourth place in the all-time top scorer list, alongside Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Lewandowski reached his tally in just 86 games, whilst it has taken the French striker 118 matches.

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Zieliński praised for his performance against “Barça”

In the other Champions League Round of 16 matches held on Tuesday, Napoli hosted Barcelona at the Stadio San Paolo.

Polish midfielder Piotr Zieliński started the match, whilst striker Arkadiusz Milik sat on the bench.

In the 30th minute, Zieliński intercepted Junior Firpo’s pass and zipped a cross to Dries Mertens and the Belgian forward curled a shot into the top corner.

“Barça” equalised in the 57th minute. Sergio Busquets played a very precise ball to Nelson Semedo, and the full backcrossed for Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who put the ball in the net from close range.

Earlier, in the 53rd minute, Arkadiusz Milik entered the fray, replacing Mertens.

Other Polish players still in the Champions League include, Borussia Dortmund captain Łukasz Piszczek whose side defeated PSG 2:1 on February 18, while Wojciech Szczęsny, Juventus goalkeeper, will face Olympique Lyon on Wednesday evening.

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