In an Unpredictable Champions League encounter, Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona to reach the semi-finals, winning 8-2 in Lisbon.
Bayern Munich sent out an emphatic and ominous message to their Champions League rivals with an absolute demolition of fellow European heavyweights Barcelona in a gloriously chaotic and utterly one-sided quarter-final tie in Lisbon.
The high-pressing, energetic and ruthless German champions were on a different level to their Spanish rivals, as they have been for pretty much every opponent they have faced in Europe this season and in every competition since football restarted in June. Watch Highlights: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich 2-8
The tone was set early on as Thomas Muller – making his 113th Champions League appearance – scored inside four minutes, but it was soon canceled out by a freak own goal from David Alaba (7). The first-half floodgates then opened as Ivan Perisic (22), Serge Gnabry (28) and Muller (31) netted in quick succession.
Bayern were not entirely infallible, though, with Barca’s forward players – inevitably led by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – regularly finding space in behind to cause problems and test Manuel Neuer.
Barcelona’s defeat in numbers
- 6 – Barcelona lost a match by six-goals for the first time since April 1951, when they were beaten 6-0 by Espanyol in a league match.
- 8 – Barcelona shipped eight goals in a match for the first time since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in April 1946.
- 4 – Barcelona have been eliminated in the quarter-final of the Champions League for a fourth time in the last five seasons.
- 2 – Barcelona have lost six Champions League matches against Bayern Munich – two more than against any other side.
Bayern second only to Real Madrid for semi-finals
- Bayern Munich have reached their 12th Champions League semi-final – only Real Madrid have done so more often (13).
- Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score in eight or more consecutive Champions League matches since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2018 (11 games).
- Barcelona have been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth time in the past five seasons.
- Bayern Munich have won their last 19 matches in all competitions, a record run in German top-flight football in all competitions.
- Bayern manager Hans-Dieter Flick became only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first six matches in charge, after Fabio Capello in 1992-93 and Luis Fernandez in 1994-95.
- Barcelona have lost six Champions League matches against Bayern Munich – two more than against any other side.
Robert Lewandowski headed his 14th Champions League goal in just eight games before salt was poured into Barca’s deep wounds, as Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho netted a late double (85, 89), with the eighth and final goal drawing an angry reaction from a number of the Barcelona substitutes, who displayed more passion than any of their team-mates on the field over the 90 minutes.
Bayern are by far the most decorated side left in the competition, having won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, most recently in 2013 and look comfortably the strongest left in this season’s tournament.
Man of the Match
Bayern’s Thomas Muller takes it. He has now scored six goals against Barcelona in the Champions League, the most by any player against the Spaniards in the competition’s history.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 14, 2020
Bayern will now face either Manchester City or Lyon – who play on Saturday evening – in the Champions League semi-final on August 19.
Manchester City or Lyon vs Bayern Munich (August 19, Estadio da Luz)
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Sunday August 23 (Estadio da Luz)