Chelsea blown away by Bayern Munich’s Champions League romp

London: Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski have combined to lead a devastating second-half attacking display by Bayern Munich in their 3-0 win at Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 first leg.

Meanwhile, on a night when Lionel Messi was expected to put on a show in the Stadio San Paolo that was once Diego Maradona's home, the Barcelona forward did relatively little in a 1-1 draw with Napoli.

From left: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies celebrate a big win over Chelsea.Credit:Getty Images

In London, Chelsea were torn apart by the intensity of the German champions but held out until the 51st minute when Gnabry netted the opener after playing a one-two with Lewandowski.

Former Arsenal winger Gnabry started the move that led to Bayern's second inside three minutes, releasing Lewandowski on the left flank again and racing forward to receive ball back in the penalty area and slotting into the net.

Alphonso Davies spearheaded the counter-attack to create the third, making a lightning run down the left flank and crossing to Lewandowski for a tap-in in the 76th.

The hosts were completely overwhelmed and had to play with 10 men from the 83rd when Marcos Alonso's yellow card was upgraded to red after a VAR review on an off-the-ball elbow on Lewandowski.

Mario Rui of Napoli (in blue) vies with Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal.Credit:Getty Images

Bayern have now inflicted the heaviest home Champions League defeats on Chelsea, Tottenham in a 7-2 rout in October – in which Gnabry scored four times – and Arsenal in a 5-1 win in 2017.

Dries Mertens tied Napoli's all-time scoring record by curling in a 30th-minute effort before Antoine Griezmann equalised for Barcelona on 57 minutes after being set up nicely by Nelson Semedo for the visitors' only shot on target.

Mertens matched former Napoli captain Marek Hamsik with 121 goals in all competitions for the club – six more than Maradona.

"This result leaves a bitter taste, because we played on level terms and showed sacrifice," Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne said.

"I just feel we could have had a better result in front of our fans, especially with the chances we created."

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal – who deputised in attack amid a shortage of forwards – was sent off in the final minutes after picking up two quick yellow cards, first for a hard foul on Insigne then for physical contact with Mario Rui after play had stopped.

Already depleted by injuries, Barcelona will also be without Sergio Busquets in the second leg on March 18 due to accumulated cards while defender Gerard Pique limped off with an apparent injury toward the end.


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