Gnabry’s brace helped Die Roten cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge. It helped to have Robert Lewandowski in form, with the gifted No. 9 assisting Gnabry’s goals and scoring one of his own.
Lewandowski’s performance was in sharp contrast to the sluggish display of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman toiled in relative obscurity on a night when the Blues failed to get players close enough in support of the 33-year-old.
While Giroud yearned for more from those around him, Antoine Griezmann seized the initiative himself to help Barcelona earn a 1-1 draw in Napoli. Griezmann’s vital away goal cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener and gave the Blaugrana an advantage they will need in the second leg, when midfield enforcers Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal, the latter of whom was shown two yellows late on, will miss out through suspension.
Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich
Napoli 1-1 Barcelona
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