Former Arsenal star scores brace to help Bayern Munich thrash Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

– Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Champions League clash ended in favour of the visitors

– The German League side needed three second-half goals to punish the Blues at Stamford Bridge for the first time

– Serge Gnabry’s double and a goal from Lewandowski ensured the German side cruise to 3-0 win in the first leg of their meeting

Three second-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski were all Bayern Munich needed to claim their first victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues put up an impressive performance in the first stanza of the encounter to keep the German League giants from finding the back of the net.

Germany international Gnabry broke the deadlock for the visitors from close range six minutes into resumption after superbly combining with Robert Lewandowski in the 51st minute.

The former Arsenal youngster started the build-up to the goal before passing the ball to the Polish star who gave him time to find a comfortable spot in the Blues danger zone.

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And the move paid off as they took control of the game despite the hosts trying to maintain decency in the backline.

The 24-year-old doubled the Bavarians lead in the 54th minute to complete his brace in the crunch fixture.

Gnabry made a run down the left flank of the pitch to connect with a second straight assist from Lewandowski before putting the ball into the extreme right corner of the post.

Despite stretching beyond limit, Wilfredo Caballero still could not save the ball from crossing the goal line after his defenders had been caught off guard.

Meanwhile, the Poland striker increased his Champions League goal tally to 11 goals in just six appearances so far this campaign.

The Bundesliga champions now take a three-goal advantage back to the Allianz Arena ahead of the second leg next month.

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Marcos Alonso compounded Chelsea’s woes towards the end of the match after bagging a straight red card for fouling the visitor’s third goal scorer Lewandowski in the 83rd minute.

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This will, however, put Lampard in a more dangerous situation as he would be forced to reshuffle his team going into the second leg of the fixture.

The Premier League outfit last reached the last eight stage of this championship in the 2013-14 season after losing to Paris Saint Germain on away goals rule after both had played 3-3 draw.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Antoine Griezmann rescued Barcelona from losing the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash to Napoli.

The Frenchman scored in the 57th-minute goal to help the Catalans avoid outright defeat against the Italian side.

Dries Mertens opened scoring for the home team on the half-hour mark but they failed to hold on to the lead until the end of the match.

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