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Bayern Munich Falters Against Lazio Despite Immobile's Stand

Harry Kane Bayern Munich Falters Against Lazio

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In the 69th minute of the match, Ciro Immobile confidently converted a penalty kick, securing a crucial 1-0 victory for Lazio against Bayern Munich.

The hosts' triumph was further amplified by Bayern's unfortunate loss of a player, as Dayot Upamecano was shown a straight red card for his reckless challenge on Gustav Isaksen.

This event unfolded during the first leg of the Champions League last-16 encounter, leaving a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Lazio successfully stifled the German side's attacks, leaving Bayern toothless throughout the match with not a single effort on target.

Despite being the favorites, Bayern was desperate to bounce back from a 3-0 Bundesliga defeat against leaders Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, which left them five points off the top.

The pressure on head coach Thomas Tuchel and his team intensified after their second successive defeat, coupled with the fact that they haven't scored in their past two games.

According to Tuchel, the team started well, creating chances in the first minute with Harry Kane and Jamal Musiala.

They seemed to have control of the game in the first half, but inexplicably, their performance dropped in the second half.

Tuchel admitted that they made too many individual errors, allowing their opponents to grow stronger and losing concentration, ultimately losing their rhythm.

Tuchel, however, played down concerns about his job security, stating that he is not worried about his future.

Harry Kane said: [It’s been] a really tough week.

We had good chances in the first half, but in the second half we had less energy, created less, and once you go down to 10 men, it’s difficult.

We have to keep fighting; we’re still in the Bundesliga race, and we can still turn this tie around. One game, one spark can change things.

Bayern created early chances for Joshua Kimmich and Kane, who both narrowly missed the target.

The Italian side, who lost 6-2 on aggregate against Bayern at this stage of the competition three years ago, responded with a fierce Luis Alberto strike that flew wide of Manuel Neuer’s goal.

Bayern struggled against the disciplined Italian back-line as the tempo gradually dropped.

It wasn't until the 40th minute that they managed to threaten again, with Musiala firing over the bar from close range.

Lazio had a golden opportunity to take the lead just two minutes into the second half, but Isaksen failed to beat Neuer as the keeper stood his ground with a remarkable block.

However, it was Isaksen who later won a penalty when Upamecano arrived late and stepped on his ankle after Immobile passed to him in the box.

Immobile kept his composure and confidently sent Neuer the wrong way, giving Maurizio Sarri's team the advantage heading into the return leg in Munich on 5th March.

We worked and prepared for this match to have a say in it, Immobile said.

I was convinced that the team would put everything out there. 

We had some opportunities and we had to be good at exploiting them ahead of the return match and we did just that.

Bayern posted on social media after the match to condemn racist abuse directed at Upamecano.

“FC Bayern strongly condemn the racist comments being directed towards Dayot Upamecano on social media,” Bayern said on