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Sextuple battle: Guardiola’s Barca Vs Flick’s Bayern sets to face


Bayern Munich became just the second team to ever win the sextuple on Thursday after securing the Club World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Tigres, but how do they match up compared to the team that first recorded that achievement?

Back in 2009, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side dominated Europe and then the world, with a similarly impressive squad to Hansi Flick’s Bayern team in 2020.

When Guardiola took charge of Barcelona in the summer of 2008, few – almost no one – would have thought that he would go on to achieve what he did with a group of unrepeatable players.

The Catalan coached looked towards La Masia and Barcelona’s DNA, insisting that his team were obsessed with controlling the ball. Guardiola built an unstoppable winning machine with this style.

A terrifying starting Xi
Some of the greatest players of all time all came together at the peak of their careers, led by Lionel Messi and coached by Guardiola.

As is so often the case, the most memorable feats often come almost unintentionally. And that is what happened to this Bayern side.

Hansi Flick took charge of a team that was seemingly adrift in November 2019 and, just a few months later, turned them into an unbeatable side.

Led by Robert Lewandowski, the Bavarians slaughtered anyone who got in their way in the Bundesliga and Champions League, with an incredible run of 19 consecutive wins and just one defeat.

Just 11 years after Barcelona won the first sextuple, the football world has a new predator who wanted it all and ended up achieving it. Bayern’s six trophies in one year with a very strong XI that dominated Europe will be remembered forever, and they also had one of the most memorable results ever, beating Barcelona 8-2.

Pep Guardiola, who went on to coach Bayern after leaving Barcelona, congratulated his former side on their accomplishment but also joked that his 2009 Barcelona team could face this 2020 Bayern side to win a seventh trophy, thus allowing one team to secure the septuple.

It is impossible to know how this game would have gone, but who do you think would win?


Final Score: Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt


Game is over and the final score is Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt. Here is the match report.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!
2′ Injured Davies replaced
10′ GOAL! Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
17′ Yellow Card! Goretzka booked
26′ GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
41′ Hasebe handball in the box but ref says no penalty!
51′ Lucas’ shot stopped
60′ GOAL! Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
72′ GOAL! Bayern 4-0 Frankfurt (Sane)
83′ Neuer makes goal-line clearance


Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Sarr, Goretzka, Kimmich, Coman, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Choupo-Moting, Sule, Sane, Lucas, A. Nübel, Roca, Pavard, J. Musiala

Frankfurt XI: Hasebe, Ilsanker, Rode, Zuber, Trapp, Dost, Hinteregger, Andre Silva, A. Toure, Kamada, Tuta

Subs: Chandler, Da Costa, Younes, Kohr, A. Hrustic, Sow, M. Schubert, Barkok, N’Dicka


Thiago Delivers Emotional Farewell in Bayern


The Spanish international posted a video along with a letter bidding farewell to the Bavarian side as a move to Liverpool looms.

Thiago Alcantara used his Twitter account to say his goodbyes to Bayern Munich with the Spanish international poised to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a move rumoured to be worth 25 million euro.

In his letter, the 29-year-old maintains that he arrived at the Bundesliga side: “as a young man full of dreams and leaves completely fulfilled having identified with a club, a history, a philosophy, language and a culture”.

In his seven years with the Bavarian side, Thiago has secured seven Bundesliga titles, four German cup wins, three German Super Cups and was part of the victorious side winning the recent Champions League in Lisbon last August.

It’s anticipated that the move to Liverpool will be announced within the next 24 hours.


Thiago Alcantara’s last moments in Bayern


The former Barcelona midfielder effectively said goodbye to the club after that, as his seven year spell – in which he had won seven Bundesliga titles – was seen to be coming to an end.



Liverpool still links up with Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara


Spain midfielder Thiago remained cautious and refused to comment on specific transfer links following Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

The 29-year-old had been set to leave Bayern Munich this summer, but insisted in a post-match interview that he was “happy” to be at the club.

This comes after Bayern head coach Hansi Flick conceded that he expects the decorated playmaker to leave the club this summer.

“Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there,” Thiago told ZDF reporters.

Thiago’s campaign with the German club restarts on September 18 but the transfer window remains open until October 6 – so negotiations over his future could still take place for another month.

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‘I’m Happy at Bayern’ – Thiago hints a Spoiler


Thiago Alcantara may yet remain a Bayern Munich player rather than move to Liverpool or Manchester United.

The gifted Spaniard has been heavily linked to both Premier League rivals and there is an expectation that he will leave Bayern having helped deliver the Champions League as his parting gift.

But Thiago has now insisted that if a suitable offer is not put on the table he will be happy to remain at Allianz Arena.

Speaking after Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany in which he played the full 90 minutes, the 29-year-old told ZDF: ‘I only think about the game against Ukraine. Afterwards, we will see.

‘Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there.’

Hansi Flick previously expressed his desire to keep hold of Alcantara, who proved his worth again with brilliant performances in the Champions League when football resumed.


And no doubt Bayern fans will take heart from the midfielder appearing to open the door to a prolonged stay.

Alcantara’s contract at the club expires at the end of the upcoming season and they are asking for a transfer fee of £27million from prospective buyers.

Liverpool are still front-runners for his signature but are only likely to make a move if one of the current midfielders departs.

Georginio Wijnaldum is of interest to Barcelona and could be replaced by Alcantara but Jurgen Klopp is otherwise likely to be inactive in the market.

United signing Donny van de Beek is not thought to mean the Old Trafford club will end their interest in the Bayern star.

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Farewell Thiago Alcantara – Bayern


Thiago Alcantara will bid farewell to Germany tonight when he lines up for Spain in their UEFA Nations League clash in Stuttgart, according to local Munich media.

The Spanish international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool all summer, with Manchester United also said to hold an interest in the 29-year-old prior to their signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

It is the Premier League champions who are said to be Thiago’s destination of choice though, with the former Barcelona star making it clear that he would like to move to Anfield this summer in order to experience life in the Premier League.

Thiago still has one year left on his Bayern contract, but the club have indicated that they won’t stand in his way as he looks to join up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.


For their part, Liverpool insist that no deal for Thiago is imminent, although they are said to be monitoring the situation and preparing an offer.

In Munich though, there is a clear acceptance that the midfielder’s stay in German football is coming to an end after seven Bundesliga titles in seven years at Bayern.

The Munich publication Abendzeitung Munchen have printed a full page preview of the match featuring an image of Thiago with the Champions League trophy, and dubbing the game ‘Thiago’s Abschiedsspiel’ – which translates as testimonial or farewell match.

They add that it is an open secret in Munich that Thiago wants to join Liverpool, and they expect the deal to be wrapped up in the coming weeks once the player has left international duty.

Liverpool are said to be mulling over the fee before they submit an offer for the 37-times capped midfielder.

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Bayern to sign Messi but Mueller jokes with it


Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller jokingly conceded on Thursday the European champions do not have the financial resources to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi if he becomes available.

“I spoke to our financial director once or twice over the past months. And I don’t think there’s anything we can do,” a jestful Mueller said when asked about the possibility of signing Messi at a promotional event in Munich.

Messi reportedly earns an annual salary upwards of €50 million, almost three times more than Bayern’s highest-paid players, such as Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Mueller.

Mueller admitted he never foresaw Messi leaving Barcelona before retiring as a player but said he understood why the prospect of the Argentine’s Camp Nou exit was drawing such huge interest.

“The fact that some change is happening now might also be interesting for the footballing world,” said Mueller.


“Apart from Barcelona fans, which I can understand, nobody is really able to see this departure with a critical eye. People are rather curious to know what new avenues will open up,” he added.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Italian sports daily Tuttosport that the German club could “not pay a player of that calibre”.

“That is not part of our policy or our philosophy,” he said.

Manchester City, coached by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are the clubs most strongly linked with an audacious swoop for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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Bundesliga celebrates Bayern’s UCL win


Bayern Munich have won the Champions League and the Bundesliga have celebrated the German side’s success by sharing the latest 442oons video on their Twitter account.

In this video, Bayern Munich’s success is celebrated with a song that praises various players and even takes digs at Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It also refers to the cancellation of the Ballon d’Or in the year that Robert Lewandowski would have been the strong favourite to win it.

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Bayern to face Sevilla for the ‘Super Cup’


Bayern Munich’s Champions League triumph in Lisbon has set up a mouth-watering tie in the UEFA Super Cup, as they’ll come up against Sevilla.

Budapest will play host to the final on September 24 as Sevilla hope to win their second UEFA Super Cup after a victory over Barcelona in 2006.

On August 19, UEFA organised a videoconference with the 55 general secretaries of its member associations, who suggested using the meeting between Sevilla and Bayern Munich as a trial to allow supporters back into stadiums.


It remains to be seen, though, if this will happen.

The two teams have only met once before, with a quarter-final in the 2017/18 Champions League seeing Bayern Munich progress 2-1 on aggregate.

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From Arsenal’s flopp to Bayern’s UCL – Sergi Gnabry


Serge Gnabry has reflected upon his rise after helping Bayern Munich to win the Champions League.

Gnabry featured as Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final in Lisbon but made just one Premier League appearance while on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Arsenal in the 2015-16 season.

The winger was always seen as a very talented player and, having overcome the setbacks caused by injuries and that challenging loan spell, he has proceeded to fulfil his vast potential.

Gnabry told NobleSports Relaibe source: ‘Winning that trophy is the best thing that could have happened. The spirit we talk about came through and we are the best team in Europe. It was always going to be difficult and in the end we came through.


‘As long as it was 0-0, they have some incredible talent, lucky they didn’t score and happy we did.

Coman scored the winner in the 59th minute with a header following a cross from Joshua Kimmich.

Gnabry was full of praise for the impact that his team-mate made.

He said: ‘The King helped us extremely, We knew it was going to be difficult for them and for him to come in and score was incredible.’

One of Bayern’s strengths is their ability to keep pushing forward, with the club having a squad with a healthy mix of young and experienced players.

Gnabry says that the Bayern youngsters are eager to replicate the success that the club has enjoyed in the past.


‘For sure, it has always been said the spirit in this group is crazy, we have a strong bond and hopefully we can build on it.’

Rio Ferdinand revealed that he met Gnabry on holiday a few years ago when the German was at a difficult stage in his career.

Gnabry explained to Ferdinand that he had lost confidence and was trying to get back on track. It is safe to say that he has managed to achieve that aim.

Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: ‘I was on a beach in Dubai and he popped up with Bellerin and he was really down. He sat down on the sunbed and told me he had lost confidence and was trying to rebuild his career.

‘It was hard work for him, but there he is today, it is how you react to knockbacks, he applied himself right and he is a great young lad.’

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Lewandoski and Bayern’s Roar shuns Neymar and PSG for good


Bayern Munich appeared to mock Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar in the dressing room after their Champions League win on Sunday night.

The German club’s players appeared to be singing along and laughing to a song called ‘Hawaii’ which was written by Maluma, the ex-boyfriend of the Brazilian star’s current girlfriend Natalia Barulich.

Neymar was seen mocking the song earlier in the week alongside PSG team-mates Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi, but the tables have turned on the Brazilian attacker following this latest defeat.

Neymar and Barulich have been dating since February, but the Croatian-Colombian model was going out with singer Maluma until the back end of last year.


The singer released the ‘Hawaii’ song in October, which is reportedly about his break-up with Barulich and Neymar was laughing along with his PSG friends with the song in the background after their semi-final win over RB Leipzig this week.

After Neymar released the video mocking Maluma’s song, the singer deleted his personal Instagram account.

But French defender Lucas Hernandez was seen banging a drum along to the song after Bayern’s win against PSG in Lisbon on Friday night.

The French left-back also posted a video of Bayern players chanting club songs in the dressing room, with captain Manuel Neuer holding the Champions League aloft while jumping up and down.


Other footage from Hernandez’s account shows the players singing along to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ whilst on the team bus.

Bayern lifted the Champions League after Kingsley Coman’s second-half goal separated the two sides in the Lisbon showdown.

Neymar was seen weeping at the full-time whistle and had to be consoled by several Bayern players, including defender David Alaba.

After the match, Neymar tweeted: ‘Losing is part of the sport, we try everything, we fight until the end. Thank you for the support and affection of each one of you and CONGRATULATIONS to BAYERN.’

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UCL Final: Whistle blown; Bayern 1-0 PSG


Bayern Munich have won the Champions League as a Kingsley Coman header was enough to clinch the German’s sixth European triumph and break the hearts of Paris Saint-Germain.

2019/2020 UEFA Champions League
Coman (59′)

Match Events

0′ The final is about to start!

0′ The wait is OVER! Who can win the cup?

13′ CHANCE! Mbappe’s shot cleared off

18′ CLOSE! Neymar’s shot denied by Neuer

22′ OFF THE POST! Lewandowski nearly scores

25′ Injured Boateng subbed off by Sule

31′ CLOSE! Lewandowski’s header denied by Navas

45′ Unbelievable! What a miss from Mbappe

46′ Coman goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

52′ Ardent conflict between PSG and Bayern

59′ GOAL! PSG 0-1 Bayern (Coman)

62′ Thiago Silva makes goal-line clearance

73′ No penalty? Mbappe is taken down in the box!

81′ Yellow Card! Neymar booked

91′ MISS! Choupo-Moting’s shot wide out


PSG XI: Thiago Silva, Di Maria, Navas, Herrera, Neymar, Paredes, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Mbappe

Subs: Choupo-Moting, Verratti, Gueye, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Rico, Draxler, Icardi, Diallo, Dagba, Bakker, Bulka

Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Kimmich, Coman, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Perisic, Ulreich, Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Odriozola, Lucas, Pavard, Cuisance, Hoffmann, J. Zirkzee.

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Lyon Vs Bayern team preview ‘David and Goliath’


All the information you need on how and where to watch Olympique Lyon face Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final in Lisbon.


Olympique Lyon vs Bayern Munich: Champions League preview
Lyon’s Champions League campaign began slowly but has picked up momentum on their route to the second semi-final appearance in their history. The French side needed a late Memphis Depay equaliser to sneak through Group G behind fellow semi-finalists RB Leipzig and few gave them any hope in the knock-out stages. But a triumph on away goals over Juventus saw them reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2010, before a 3-1 win over Manchester City gave this energetic young team a spot in the final four.

They will meet a Bayern Munich side who have looked like Europe’s best for much of the 2019/20 campaign and they have dominated the Champions League so far. They topped their group without dropping a point before dispatching Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in the last-16, with the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski involved in every goal. But most impressive of all was their dismantling of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona with an astonishing 2-8 victory over the five-time European champions. In doing so, they became the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a Champions League knock-out tie and the first to put eight past Barcelona since 1946.


David vs Goliath
Lyon have already eliminated the previous season’s Italian and English Champions in their run to the semi-final but Bayern will be a different proposition. They have already secured a domestic double and are unbeaten in their last 28 matches in all competitions, winning 27 of them. Hansi Flick has won 31 of his 34 games in charge and they are scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game under his leadership. In Robert Lewandowski they have the Champions League’s leading goal-scorer (14) and their total of 39 goals is comfortably clear of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain’s 22.

It is a daunting task for the team who finished seventh in Ligue 1 but they will take confidence from their form against the top sides in recent months. As well as eliminating Juventus and Manchester City they took PSG to penalties in the Coupe de France final, keeping a clean sheet against the French champions. As they showed against City, Lyon can pose a considerable threat on the break with Depay, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé. Aouar’s five assists puts him level with Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappé and Hakim Ziyech at the top of this season’s standings.

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After defeating Barcelona 8-2 and Lyon”s 3-1 to Mancity, both sides will set to take on each other.


Bayern is Heartless

Bayern is Heartless


The week of the bloodbath. Barcelona went to whisper their sorrows to Hannibal Lector while Bayern Munich, a group of ruthless individuals, don’t care about the last decade. One summer, they beat Real Madrid 9-1 in a friendly that nobody saw and, another summer, they beat Barcelona 8-2 in a game shown across the world.


Bayern are a changer of lives. The histories of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona would be different without this club. They’re hated, feared and admired in equal measure. The number of apocalypses they’ve caused is higher than the number of European Cups they’ve won, which is somehow only five.

There are teams that take their foot off the gas when they’re already six goals up against an opponent of considerable stature. Bayern put their foot down and get annoyed when the match is over. They are programmed to do damage.

Gerd Muller’s goal
One famous day in 1976, a Bayern team consisting of Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Sepp Maiar and Gerd ‘Torpedo’ Muller visited the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for a European Cup game. Real Madrid went ahead and then something extraordinary happened. During a replay on TV, the camera cut to Torpedo Muller celebrating a goal. That was Bayern Munich. They scored goals when you weren’t watching them to freeze your blood. That goal wasn’t seen and still isn’t watched.


Unfortunately for Barcelona, the goals in Lisbon didn’t suffer from technical interruptions. What we saw in Lisbon was a team offering a bag of crisps to Keith Richards, who didn’t use watches. He picked up the packet, threw it on the floor, stamped on it and called the owner for another year.

When we see Barcelona again, Quique Setien, who has aged 10 years in six months, won’t be their coach. There were two sentences in his short spell there. “I can only guarantee one thing: my team is going to play well”, “We’re going to enjoy ourselves.” There are no guarantees in football.

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How Barca players reacts to shocking 8-2 UCL defeat against Bayern.


Barcelona players and staff have been reacting to their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals on Friday evening.

The Catalan giants were torn to pieces, conceding eight goals for the first time in 74 years as they suffered a dramatic Champions League quarter final exit for the third successive season.

The result brought an end to a campaign of turmoil at Camp Nou, which has already consisted of a managerial sacking, public squabbling, behind the scenes resignations and a social media scandal.

Speaking at full time, Gerard Pique – a three-time Champions League winner with the club – gave an honest assessment of the club’s future. “We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I’m looking for,” Pique said.

“We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened.

“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose… We all need to reflect deeply, the club needs lots of changes, I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone but the club needs changes on a structural level.


“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if needs be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.”

Frenkie de Jong echoed Pique’s sentiments about alterations being needed at Camp Nou.

“I think today showed that we have a lot of problems in the team,” the midfielder said [via Goal]. “I think tonight showed that and we know we have to make a lot of changes.

“It’s difficult for the fans to take too so sorry to them. We believed we could beat Bayern. The first 15-20 minutes because they scored early but we scored the equaliser and had two good chances so believed in it of course.


“But they were much better than us. I don’t think it’s too much about talent, I think it’s about putting in intensity and hard work and we need to change these things.”

Manager Quique Setien – whose Barcelona future is in grave danger following the result – admitted he was hurt by the manner and magnitude of the defeat.

“Barça is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage,” Setien said [via the Daily Mail]. “Obviously some things will have to change. The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat.

“We have to reflect, taking the situation into account and the importance that such a humiliating and painful defeat means. I’m hurt, evidently, by such a hefty defeat. The way it came about has been tremendously painful.


“Right now, it’s too soon to think about whether I will stay or not. It doesn’t depend on me.”

Pique admitted change is necessary at Barcelona | Pool/Getty Images

Pique’s reaction

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The Spanish press have called Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich a ‘historic humiliation’ as they ended their 2019-2020 season in despairing fashion.

The Catalans lost both halves 4-1 as the relentless Germans showed no mercy. To compound the misery, Philippe Coutinho, on-loan from Barca, scored twice for Bayern in the final stages.


And the newspapers in the club’s homeland have not been kind on Quique Setien’s side.

Sport and NobleSports splashed the words ‘Humillacion Historica’ across their front pages – translating as ‘historic humiliation’.

NobleSports top of page also read: ‘The disaster against Bayern opens a crisis of unforeseeable consequences that reaches all levels of the club.’

Marca went with the headline: ‘Verguenza’ – the Spanish word for ‘shame’ and described the game as a ‘massacre that will never be forgotten’.

The outlet also commented on how there will be no Spanish semi-finalists for the first time in 13 years and how several players will be questioning their futures following the result.

Journalist Hugo Cerezo wrote: ‘For the fourth season in a row, Barcelona were on the wrong end of a thrashing in the Champions League. After Juventus, Roma, Liverpool and now Bayern, the futures of those involved are up in the air.’


NS,pointed towards Lionel Messi, the man Barca have so often relied upon in the past, as one of the players who had a disappointing night.

He claimed: ‘He would do well to watch his friend Neymar’s game against Atalanta. His throne is beginning to wobble.’

Barca may have already decided to sack Setien after Friday’s disastrous result with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino lined up as the No1 candidate to replace him.

The club and its players are likely to be in store for more criticism upon their return to Spain.

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Final score: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich


Game is over and the final score is Barcelona 2-8 Bayern. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 UEFA Champions League
Alaba (7′ OG)
Suarez (57′)
Muller (4′)
Perisic (21′)
Gnabry (27′)
Muller (31′)
Kimmich (63′)
Lewandowski (82′)
Coutinho (85′)
Coutinho (89′)


Match Events

0′ Messi is warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

3′ Neuer makes a timely block

4′ GOAL! Barcelona 0-1 Bayern (Muller)

7′ OWN GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Bayern (Alaba)

10′ Messi’s cross hits the post

18′ Goreztka’s header over the bar

20′ Messi’s shot too straight

21′ GOAL! Barcelona 1-2 Bayern (Perisic)

27′ GOAL! Barcelona 1-3 Bayern (Gnabry)

31′ GOAL! Barcelona 1-4 Bayern (Muller)

39′ Lewandowski’s header stopped by Ter Stegen

42′ Yellow Card! Boateng booked

45′ Suarez’s powerful shot stopped

45′ Half substitution, Griezmann replaces Sergi Roberto

49′ CHANCE! Perisic’s shot stopped by Ter Stegen


53′ OFFSIDE! Lewandowski’s goal disallowed

54′ Yellow Card! Suarez booked

57′ GOAL! Barcelona 2-4 Bayern (Suarez)

62′ Salihamidzic books a Yellow card

63′ GOAL! Barcelona 2-5 Bayern (Kimmich)

67′ Subs! Coman in, Perisic out

70′ Ansu Fati replaces Busquets

75′ Subs! Coutinho replaces Gnabry

77′ Messi shot too weakly

82′ GOAL! Barcelona 2-6 Bayern (Lewandowski)

85′ GOAL! Barcelona 2-7 Bayern (Coutinho)

89′ GOAL! Barcelona 2-8 Bayern (Coutinho)



Barcelona XI: Messi, Suarez, Pique, Vidal, Alba, Busquets, Ter Stegen, Roberto, Lenglet, Semedo, De Jong

Subs: Rakitic, Neto, Griezmann, Dembele, Firpo, Pena, R. Araújo, L. Reis, Monchu, Riqui Puig, Óscar Mingueza, Fati

Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Perisic, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Kimmich, Alphonso Davies

Subs: Martinez, Ulreich, Coutinho, Sule, Tolisso, Coman, Odriozola, Lucas, Cuisance, Hoffmann, J. Zirkzee, J. Musiala.

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The crazy thing about this game is that it actually started fairly evenly. Barcelona could have netted five in the first ten minutes.

They forced David Alaba into an own goal, hit the post and had a Luis Súarez shot well saved by Manuel Neuer, and it looked like we could be in for a 10-10 kind of game.

Bayern decided to hold up their side of the bargain, tearing Barça’s defence open with terrorising ease.

Barcelona fell 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final | Pool/Getty Images

Thomas Müller, Ivan Perišić and Serge Gnabry were all on the score sheet in the first half, with Müller finding the back of the net twice to ensure that this tie was over at half time. Even at 4-1, this looked embarrassing for Barcelona.

If only we knew what was coming.

The worst was yet to come for Barça. Joshua Kimmich fired home after a run from Alphonso Davies which may very well force Nélson Semedo into an early retirement, before Robert Lewandowski beat the offside trap to head home.


And the worst was still yet to come.

Off the bench came Philippe Coutinho – the same Coutinho who joined Barça for £142m, was deemed to be a flop and shipped out on loan to Bayern – and he scored. Twice. You can’t make this stuff up.

There’s a lot of things which won’t be forgotten quickly from this game. We’ll be talking about it for a long, long time.

However, the best thing to come out of the whole thing?

Literally three minutes before the beating began. Comedic timing at its finest.

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