Portugal Destroyed Barca with a score of 8-2 in the quarter-finals on the evening of August 14, Bayern won a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
Goals: Alaba 7 ‘, Suarez 57’ – Muller 4 ‘, 31’ Perisic 22 ‘, Gnabry 28’, Kimmich 63 ‘, Lewandowski 82’, Coutinho 85 ‘, 89’
Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match. Even if they used better chances, they could score twice as many goals. Hansi Flick’s teachers and students were completely overwhelmed for almost 90 minutes, kicking and hitting Barca with four goals in each half. They reached the semi-finals after nine full wins, scoring 39 goals, averaging more than four goals per game.
Muller (right) celebrated the opener. Photo: dpa.
Thomas Muller was chosen as the best player of the match, with a brace in the first half. But, the danger from Bayern comes from every player, even goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with precise long passes. Ivan Perisic or Serge Gnabry played aggressively on the wings, pocketing one goal each in the first half. They were supported by the dream full-back pair – Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies. If Kimmich was always ready to pass the ball to tear the opponent’s defence, Davies used his superior speed to break through like in a tectonic phase for Kimmich himself.
Every white shirt player stands out, and the boys in red and blue are playing under their power. Superstar Lionel Messi is almost completely countered by Leon Goretzka and the Bayern defence. He did not score, nor create this match. Barca’s rare bright spot only came in the first few minutes of the first half, and Suarez’s flash in the second half. Barca lost the biggest match in their history in the Champions League. After 69 years, they lost a gap of six goals.
Coach Quique Setien wanted Barca to defend better when using Arturo Vidal as the main kick, instead of Griezmann. He added a midfielder to help Barca hold the ball more effectively but failed.
In the fourth minute, Bayern opened the score from the left-wing counterattack. Ivan Perisic slammed into Muller’s position. The German striker pushed the ball for Lewandowski as a wall, then plunged into the penalty area to drive the ball to the far corner. Although not stable, Muller still managed the ball beyond Ter Stegen’s reach.
Bayern pressed and disputes fiercely, but was suddenly equalized in the seventh minute. Lenglet swept the ball for Alba to break the offside trap, escaping into the empty space on the left flank. Alba stretched inside for Suarez but was stopped by David Alaba. In an attempt to clear the ball, Alaba accidentally kicked home, when Neuer was surprised.
Alaba’s own goal in the seventh minute. Photo: Reuters.
The game could go the other way if Barca took advantage of two opportunities within the next three minutes. The first was Suarez’s shot that was destroyed by goalkeeper Neuer. Then there was a free-kick that hit Messi’s post.
After the first 10 minutes with a dozen chances, the two teams slowed down a bit. Bayern still encroached on the field, fiercely encircling the opponent’s field. The German champions’ effort paid off in the 22nd minute when Sergi Roberto lost the ball just in front of the Barca penalty area. Gnabry stole it and allowed Perisic wings to plunge into the penalty area, facing the goalkeeper. In the narrow corner, he still kicked Ter Stegen’s leg and flew into the net.
Barca collapsed, and Bayern sublimated. In the 28th minute, Goretzka kicked the ball with an impromptu touch to let Gnabry down, overcame Lenglet and crossed the corner to defeat goalkeeper Ter Stegen. Just a minute later, Lewandowski was about to score the fourth goal for Bayern to face off, but his shot to the near corner was cleared by Ter Stegen. Bayern only needs to wait two more minutes to change the scoreboard. Kimmich stretched from the right-wing for Muller to hit the ball. Muller’s classless ball-free move made Lenglet lose his way.
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List of competition
Barca: Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto (Griezmann 46 ‘), Busquets (Fati 70’), De Jong, Vidal, Messi, Suarez.
Bayern: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng (Sule 76 ‘), Alaba, Davies (Hernandez 84’), Thiago, Goretzka (Tolisso 84 ‘), Gnabry (Coutinho 75’), Muller, Perisic (Coman 67 ‘), Lewandowski.