Bayern Munich of Germany’s Nigerian-born youngster, Jamal Musiala on Tuesday night made history in the UEFA Champions League, as he netted for The Bavarians in thier 4-1 win away to SS Lazio of Italy, megasportsarena.com reports.
Born to a Nigerian father and British mum in England, Musiala is now the youngest player with English heritage to score in the Champions League, as he helped the holders romp to a mammmoth win in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Rome.
Aged 17 years and 363 days, Musiala netted in the 24th minute, with a right-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner to double Bayern’s advantage, off an assist by Leon Goretzka.
Making his second Champions League start this season, Musiala also set a new record for a German club and he is now the youngest player to ever score a goal for a German club in the Champions League, according to OPTA Statisics.
He is also Bayern Munich’s youngest player to debut in the German Bundesliga at 17 years and 115 days and is their all-time youngest goalscorer aged 17 years and 205 days after finding the net on the opening day of the 2020-2021 season.
The attacking midfielder scored the second of the German side’s three first-half goals as they all but secured their place in the quarter-finals, after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring by capitalising on a back pass by Mateo Musacchio and fired home inside the first 10 minutes of the match.
It was the Poland icon’s 72nd goal in the competition, moving clear of Raul to become the outright third top-scorer in the history of the competition after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Musiala then doubled the lead, scoring low into the corner of the net and in doing so becoming the second-youngest player of any nationality to score in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Only Bojan for Barcelona against Schalke in 2008 can better his record, while Leroy Sane made it three just before half-time, stabbing home after Pepe Reina pushed Kingsley Coman’s shot into his path to leave humiliation looming for Bayern’s Serie A opponents.
When Francesco Acerbi put through his own net early in the second half, Lazio’s situation worsened but Joaquin Correa pulled one back almost immediately and that is how it remained.
Tuesday’s result also sends a warning that the reigning champions are still the team to beat, even as they prepare to host relegation-threatened FC Cologne at Allianz Arena on Saturday in the German Bundesliga, while their second leg of the UCL last-16 clash is on March 17.