Bayern Munich earned their third victory of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday night against Benfica. The visitors scored four goals in the second half to storm past Benfica as the hosts were overwhelmed by the Bayern attack in the latter stages of the match. With their third win in three matches, Bayern has a commanding five-point lead at the top of the Group E table entering Matchday Four. Here are five key stats from the 4-0 victory for Die Roten.
An impressive finish
It was a dominant display of offensive power in the final 20 minutes of the match from Bayern. From the 70th minute until the final whistle they recorded nine of their 22 total shot attempts. During this onslaught of shot attempts, all four goals were scored. After having a pair of goals ruled out by VAR earlier in the match, Die Roten did not waver and finished the match in an impressive fashion with an offensive showcase in the final minutes.
Robert Lewandowski scores his fifth UCL goal of the season
Five goals have already been scored by Lewandowski in just three Champions League appearances this season. The Bayern striker is only one of three players in the competition who have currently reached the five-goal mark as Mohamed Salah and Sebastien Haller are the other two players. Haller leads the competition with six goals.
With his goal against Benfica, Lewandowski has already tied his Champions League goal total from last season when he scored five goals in six appearances. At the moment, the star striker is on pace for another season of over ten goals in the Champions League. His career-best in the competition is 15 goals in 10 appearances which were recorded in the 2019/20 campaign.
Leroy Sane’s first brace for Bayern
This was the first two-goal performance Leroy Sane has registered for Bayern in a competitive fixture. The last time he registered a brace in the Champions League was for Manchester City during the 2018/19 Champions League season when he scored two goals against Hoffenheim in the group stage.
The goal machine
The four goals scored by Bayern allow them to become the top-scoring club in the competition after three matchdays. With 12 goals in just three matches, no other club has been able to match this offensive output. There are multiple clubs close by at 11 goals scored which include Manchester City, Liverpool, and Ajax. After these four clubs at the top, the next closest teams are Real Madrid and Villareal who have each scored seven goals.
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Clean sheets continue
While Bayern’s impressive offensive form has been front and center thus far in the Champions League, their defensive form has been just as good with three clean sheets in three matches. There are only two clubs that have yet to concede a goal in the group stage which are Bayern and Juventus.