UEFA Champions League Champions League: Ten-man Bayern Munich slip to narrow first-leg defeat

FC Bayern fell to a 1-0 defeat to Lazio in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Munich were dominant for large spells but struggled to find a way through the well-organised home defence. The day turned sour when Dayot Upamecano saw a red card for a challenge on Gustav Isaksen in the box, with Ciro Immobile converting from the spot.

The Bavarians lined up with Manuel Neuer in goal and Noussair Mazraoui, Upamecano, Minjae Kim and Raphaël Guerreiro in defence. Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich anchored a midfield featuring Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala, with Harry Kane as the target man.

Matthijs de Ligt, Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting took over from Goretzka, Sane and Muller in the second half.Bayern got off to the better start, Kimmich miscuing from the edge of the box before Kane fired over from close distance.

Munich dominated proceedings, but Lazio settled to the task now and were solid at the back, with clear-cut chances at a premium.Sane curled inches wide from a free-kick and Mario Gila beat Kane to a cross. Musiala failed to crown fine interplay when he aimed too high, and the contest was goalless at half-time.

The Bavarians will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to face Bochum in the Bundesliga before they meet Lazio again in the second leg on March 5.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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