Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Bayern and Juventus both booked their places in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages on a landmark night for Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern 5-2 Benfica
The superb Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty on his 100th Champions League appearance as Bayern booked their place in the last 16. Benfica again had no answer to the German team’s attacking prowess, with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané also adding fine goals.
Lewandowski now has 81 Champions League goals, passing the 80 mark in 100 games compared with Lionel Messi’s 102 matches and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 116.
Juventus 4-2 Zenit
Paulo Dybala-inspired Juventus wrapped up their progress with two games to spare. A thunderous drive from the Argentina ace was cancelled out by Leonardo Bonucci’s own goal, but the Juve No10 restored the hosts’ advantage with an excellent second-half penalty. Further efforts by Federico Chiesa and Álvaro Morata sealed it before Sardar Azmoun’s late consolation.
Dybala has now netted 18 Champions League goals for Juve, climbing ahead of Filippo Inzaghi and into third in the club’s all-time rankings.