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Harry Kane scores twice to keep trophy hopes alive as Bayern Munich turn around Champions League tie

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A clever header from Thomas Muller found Raphael Guerreiro, whose half-volley was diverted in by Kane, who reacted quickest to nod the ball home.

It saw Bayern grab the all-important opening goal as Muller went on to net another on the stroke of half-time to put the German side 2-1 up against their Italian opponents on aggregate.

Matthijs de Ligt thought he had scored a thunderbolt of a volley, only for TV replays to show that Muller got the final touch with a faint header to take the ball past Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

Kane’s double-goal haul saw him net the 50th and 51st career goals in Europe, including his time at Tottenham in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, as well as the Champions League.

But the England international was not done yet as he added another after the break, reacting quickest to tuck home a rebounded save from Leroy Sane’s shot.

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It put Bayern 3-0 up on the night and 3-1 up on aggregate, helping the Germans turn around their disappointing first-leg defeat.

And it was also five years to the day that Kane last scored a knockout goal in the Champions League – netting in a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in a 4-0 aggregate win.

That year saw Tottenham reach the final, something the striker will hope to see history repeat itself, if not the result which saw Liverpool triumph.

Of those 51 goals, 28 have come in the Champions League, 17 in the Europa League and six in the Europa Conference League.

His two-goal haul also saw him take his personal tally to 33 goals for Bayern this season in his debut year with the Bavarian giants, having made the switch in the summer.

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That saw him surpass his 32 goals from last season in 16 fewer games.

The Champions League might be Kane’s best chance at a trophy this season with Bayern 10 points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

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That could see Munich miss out on the Meisterschale for the first time since 2012 when Borussia Dortmund pipped them to the title with Jurgen Klopp in charge.

Thomas Tuchel has already announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season after only one year in charge.

And the last major trophy that the German has won was the Champions League, lifting it with Chelsea in 2021.

Bayern Munich now await their fate after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the first team to do so this season.

The German giants have not won the competition since 2020 when Hansi Flick was in charge, beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

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The French champions are also through to the next round after beating Real Sociedad 4-1 on aggregate.

Manchester City will face Copenhagen and Real Madrid take on RB Leipzig on Wednesday night this week before Arsenal play Porto and Inter Milan face Atletico Madrid next week.

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