Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea score, Champions League highlights: German giants blow past Blues in second half

Chelsea and Bayern Munich's round of 16 Champions League first leg wasn't so much a tale of two halves as it was the first half serving as a preview for what was to come. Following a quiet, but threatening opening 45 minutes, the German giants opened the flood gates after halftime to take home a 3-0 victory from Stamford Bridge, all but cementing a spot in the quarterfinals.

Two household names got the threats going for Bayern in the first half, with Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski getting excellent opportunities to score. But either Willy Caballero or the woodwork got in their way. Chelsea wasn't exactly lifeless in the first half and answered Bayern's missed opportunities with chances on the break to at least test Manuel Neuer.

The Blues nearly had a dream start to the second half with an near-goal from Olivier Giroud, which was set up by Jorginho's back-flick. Bayern's David Alaba was there to prevent the ball from reaching the back of the net, but the message was sent.

At that point, Bayern decided to punch back harder than the team had all game. Off the efforts of a youngster who clearly has an affinity for scoring in London, the Germans took a quick 2-0 lead over their opponents. Serge Gnabry, who had scored four goals against Tottenham in October, notched his first goal thanks to a pinpoint pass from Lewandowski.

Just two minutes later, it was Gnabry again slotting one past Chelsea's keeper, with the Polish forward getting the assist once again.

Frank Lampard's side did try to battle back from the two-goal deficit. At one point, the Blues forced a critical error from Joshua Kimmich that nearly gave Mason Mount a chance to put Chelsea on the board. But poor decision making from the English lad saw the ball head toward the sky instead of the back of the net. 

Chelsea had one more chance to score, with a dangerous cross from Willian nearly finding a teammate, before Bayern took control for good. In the 76th minute, Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies ran past nearly all of Chelsea's defense and found the German side's go-to man in the middle, Lewandowski, to bring the lead to three.

Were there other attempts from Chelsea to try and save face from this embarrassing loss? Yes, but none of them were worth writing home about.

This victory for Bayern is the first time the Bundesliga squad has won at Chelsea, as well as the first time Chelsea has lost at home to a German team in the competition. It's a horrible start to the tie for Lampard's team. Chelsea will try to dig its way out of the hole in Munich on March 18 for the second leg.

Chelsea 0, Bayern Munich 3 (Final)

⚽ Bayern Munich - Gnabry (51')
⚽ Bayern Munich - Gnabry (54')
⚽ Bayern Munich - Lewadowki (76')

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FINAL: Chelsea 0, Bayern Munich 3

All Bayern all the time in London on this Tuesday night. Chelsea couldn't even get a consolation prize to prepare for their trip to Germany where they will almost surely leave with their Champions League dreams done.


One Chelsea player refuses to give up

89' Mason Mount cuts towards the left side of the box from wide left and pushes his way forward to attempt a weak shot. It amounted to nothing but it looked like he was the only man on his side trying to get at least one back.


Bayern chance

87' It might have very well been a fourth for Chelsea as Davies once again broke through down the left side. He faked his first cross attempt and then fired a real one seconds later. The delay might have thrown off Lewandowski from his rhythm and the attack just fizzled out.


Bayern substitution

85' Gnabry the hero is brought off for Corentin Tolisso. Not the loudest sending off considering who the majority of the crowd supports, but surely those in Munich are giving him the celebratory cheers he deserves.


Chelsea red card

84' Marcos Alonso sent off after VAR determines the Chelsea man smacked Lewandowski on the face off the ball. The Spaniard is out for the second leg of this match up, and perhaps the competition if this is how it ends for Chelsea.


Chelsea are floundering

79' The deficit is not from a lack of trying. They are getting chances to get near goal, but ultimately poor decision-making keeps biting them towards the end, leading to raised arms in frustration from everyone in blue.



76' The Canadian teenager Davies streaks down the left side and, in a very veteran-minded move, finds Lewandowski running down the middle to put the Germans up three at Stamford Bridge. The risk that Chelsea ran for sending so many players forward came true and Bayern pounced.


Chelsea chance

74' Willian finds himself open on the right side of the box and tries to bend in a low cross in the hopes of finding a single teammate to make contact with the ball and send it in. No teammate made it in time and ball rolled out for a goal kick.


Bayern survive mistake

69' Kimmich passes directly to Mount who charges towards goal and sees Neuer off his line. Unfortunately, he misjudges just how much space he had and launches his shot over the bar. Mistakes can still happen, no matter how much a team is dominating the other.


Bayern injury

66' Coman goes down clutching his hamstring. Philippe Coutinho comes on in his place.


Chelsea get away with one

64' Christensen flails his arm out while in the box and it makes contact with the ball. Despite the calls for a penalty, the official does not blow his whistle.


Yet another threat from Gnabry

63' The Gnabry party is truly underway with yet another goal-scoring opportunity from the Bayern man. He finds himself in the box, cuts back and forth and shoots at goal. The ball is deflected for a corner, which harmlessly falls to Chelsea.


Chelsea substitution

61' Willian and Tammy Abraham come on for Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley.


Nearly a hat-trick for Gnabry!

59' The Bayern player nearly scores a third after a long throw from the right finds Muller in the box, who's able to inexplicably head a cross to Gnabry, who tries to volley the ball only to launch it to the moon.



54' It's Gnabry again using his pace to get behind the defense and fire one cool as you like to the far post past Caballero. The floodgates have opened and Chelsea are in trouble



52' Gnabry slots in Bayern's first of the game. Who else but Thiago starts things off with a brilliant pass to Gnabry, which causes Azpilicueta to slip and gives the Bayern player the space to find Lewandowski, who flicks it back to Gnabry, who finally beats Caballero. All of Gnabry's goals in the Champions League have happened in London


Yellow for Chelsea

50' Jorginho took exception to a tackle from Bayern's Kimmich and got right in the face of the official demanding that action be taking. The ref obliges and brandishes a yellow card for the Chelsea player


New half, new Chelsea?

49' Perhaps this is the wishful thinking of a person desiring a more exciting second half, but it seems like Chelsea are more prepared to go toe-to-toe with Bayern in the final 45. A late offside flag officially wipes away an incredible charge from the Blues, but there's no denying that they had nearly earned a goal-scoring opportunity on pace and energy alone.


And we're off!

46' Second half underway with Chelsea starting things off


Almost ready to start things off again

The players are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge


HALF: Chelsea 0, Bayern 0

It was Bayern's half in almost every sense, with the exception of the scoreline. Muller and Lewandowski each had chances that should have put the German side up at least one goal, but staunch goalkeeping and a strong woodwork prevented either of those from manifesting. Chelsea had opportunities on the break but none really had the strength that Bayern's threats had.


Yellow card for Thiago

45' Thiago and Barkley chase after the ball. Thiago knew he was beaten but still tried to slide in for the ball. The action was deemed too much by the official and brandished a yellow card for the Bayern man.


Another Chelsea threat

43' Kovacic finds Alonso streaking alone on the left. The Spaniard cuts to the middle which causes Pavard to slide right past his man. The shot on goal forces a great save from Neur and the ball trickles harmlessly out of play.


Near chance for Bayern

35' Lewandowski crosses it to an unmarked Muller who tried to flick in a back-header towards the top left corner. The ball harmlessly hits the post, bounces right back to Muller, but his lack of balance gives Chelsea a chance to clear the danger.


Bayern survive Neur's mistake!

34' A terrible pass out from goal, which great aggressive play from Chelsea forced, found the feet of the opposition which nearly caused some problems for the German side. Thankfully, the final shot flew across goal with no one in danger of approaching it.


Bayern gets away with one

31' Kimmich sticks up his arm to prevent a pass, which makes brief contact with the ball. It wasn't enough for the official, however, and the cards remained in his pocket.


Bayern chance!

28' Mueller cuts across towards the middle and gets a reverse pass to Lewandowski who was one-on-one with Caballero. The striker tries to get it through the legs of the keeper, and the veteran steps up to keep things level.


Good Chelsea defending

25' Muller and Gnabry run down the left. Christensen prevents Gnabry's cross from becoming too dangerous, with loads of red shirts lurking in the box.


A pair of threats for Chelsea

20' Kovacic hits Mount with a gorgeous pass, but his ball is led out for a goal kick by Davies. Briefly looked like he had a clear chance at goal. Kovacic then finds James moments later, who fires a low shot. Alaba gives Chelsea the corner where Giroud heads the ball nicely into Neuer's arms. Is this a sign of life for the English side?


Good Chelsea save

15' A beautiful ball from the back is lobbed down half the length of the field to find Lewandowski on the break. The striker tries to one-time it but his shot bounces off the chest of Caballero, who did well to stand tall and keep things level

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