Xavi in new Barca test as Lewandowski sets new UCL record

Champions League action with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski setting a new competition record while it was a big night for Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski set a new Champions League record on a night of busy action across Europe.

 

The Poland international was on target yet again for the German champions in his side’s early kick-off win at Dynamo Kiev, to kickstart an action-packed evening.

It was a crucial night for Barcelona – with Xavi Hernandez managing in the competition for the first time ever – as they took on Benfica in a crucial group stage clash, with both sides vying to join Bayern in qualifying from the group.

Here are the four standout games from a busy night in Europe’s premier club competition.


Lewandowski’s new Champions League record

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Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in spectacular fashion for Bayern Munich as they confirmed their place in the last 16 with a game to spare with a 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev.

 

The Poland international striker’s eye-catching overhead kick flew into the net in the 14 th minute, meaning that Lewandowski grabbed yet another Champions League record.

It was the ninth match in a row in which the marksman has netted in the competition, a feat which he has now achieved twice in his career.

The 33-year-old also scored in nine matches in a row in the competition in the 2019-20 campaign, as his goals fired Bayern to the final – where they ousted Paris Saint-Germain.

Xavi in New Barca test

Tuesday night was the first time that Xavi Hernandez coached in the Champions League, after joining Barca from Qatari club Al Sadd.

Having guided the Catalan giants to a nervy derby victory over Espanyol on Saturday night in his first game at the helm, this would prove a massive test against Benfica – who are challenging them for second spot behind Bayern in the group.

After Barca lost 3-0 in Lisbon earlier in the group, the pressure was on here and despite both sides having a host of chances – the deadlock could not be broken.

Both sides had goals disallowed with each missing a host of golden opportunities – including Haris Seferovic missing a one-on-one opportunity in the last minute.

The winners of this game would have one foot in the last 16 of the competition but it ended in a stalemate, keeping Barca in second spot but now in real danger of a group stage exit.

If Benfica defeat already-eliminated Dynamo Kiev on the final matchday, Barca would need to win away to Bayern Munich to progress.

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