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Lewandowski in car accident days before Benfica clash

Robert Lewandowski took his place on the bench ahead of Wednesday's Champions League win over the Portuguese side after he was involved in a traffic collision on Sunday. Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski was involved in a car accident just days before his team's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Benfica.

Lewandowski, 27, started on the bench as Bayern played out a 2-2 draw in Lisbon on Wednesday to complete a 3-2 aggregate victory and reach the semi-finals.

However, Bayern say his car accident, which reportedly happened on Sunday, had nothing to do with that decision.

Sporting director Matthias Sammer confirmed the incident, telling Sky: "I did not know Lewandowski would start from the bench. Accidents happen to a lot of people, but you only rarely see prominent footballers involved. He is doing alright. These kinds of things happen. "It was a minor accident. These things happen, but it did not have any influence on Pep Guardiola’s decision."