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Barcelona are out of the 2019/20 Champions League after being completely humiliated by Bayern Munich with a 8-2 quarter-final defeat on Friday night at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
The Germans dominated in every way possible and could have easily reached double-digits if not for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was under fire all evening.
The mistakes committed by Barcelona against Bayern‘s high line of pressure made it comically easily for the Bavarians to pour in four first-half goals, before a late onslaught from the Germans added to arguably the most embarrassing night in Blaugrana history.
The big news from coach Quique Setien‘s starting XI was the fact that forward Antoine Griezmann started on the bench, with Arturo Vidal getting the nod instead in midfield.
Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his team’s sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 14, 2020. (Photo by Manu Fernandez / POOL / AFP)
Bayern landed the first blow when an Ivan Perisic cross from the left flank reached Thomas Muller, who played a quick one-two combination with Robert Lewandowski, ending with the former finishing for a 1-0 Bayern lead.
Just minutes after Bayern‘s goal, Barcelona struck right back when a Jordi Alba cross intended for Luis Suarez was redirected into the his own net by David Alaba to pull Setien’s men level.
It was almost two for the Catalonians when Luis Suarez was played into the area, only to have Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer spoil the chance. The resulting corner kick saw Lionel Messi curl in a cross that Sergio Busquets failed to connect with and the ball bounced off the post and out.
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The pressure from Bayern was troubling Barcelona and a heavy touch from Sergi Roberto led to a quick Bayern break and Perisic hammering a left-footed shot that beat Ter Stegen to hand Bayern a 2-1 advantage.
Bayern smelled blood in the water and some quick, one-touch passing from Goretzka allowed Serge Gnabry to beat Clement Lenglet and finish past Ter Stegen to make it 3-1.
Barcelona’s defensive woes were being exposed time and time again, and it was suddenly 4-1 when Muller got inside of Clement and stabbed home a cross from Joshua Kimmich.
Setien was obligated to make a change during the break, so Griezmann was summoned to replace Sergi Roberto.
Bayern had the first several looks of the half, but no end product, and Barcelona clawed their way back to a two-goal deficit when a sharp move from Suarez ending with a goal and a 4-2 scoreline.
Just when Barcelona were gaining momentum, it came to a screeching halt thanks to some sensational playmaking from Bayern left-back Alphonso Davies.
The young Canadian received the ball on the left flank, left Semedo and his wake and played a cut-back pass to Kimmich, who had the easiest of pushes into net for a 2-5 lead.
Busquets was the second to be replaced, with Ansu Fati coming on for the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, on the other side, Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho got to face his former team after coming on as a late substitute.
The Brazilian made his presence felt by supplying an assist to Lewandowski for the next Bayern goal, which the Polish striker headed in to make it 6-2.
Coutinho then completed the massacre with a pair of finishes past Ter Stegen to round out a 8-2 scoreline that won’t ever be forgotten.
2.- Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Lenglet, Pique, Alba; Busquets (Ansu Fati, min. 70), Sergi Roberto (Griezmann, min. 46), Frenkie de Jong; Arturo Vidal; Messi, Luis Suarez.
8.- Bayern Munich: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng (Sule, min. 76), Alaba, Davies (Hernandez, min. 84); Thiago, Goretzka (Tolisso, min. 84); Gnabry (Coutinho, min. 75), Muller, Perisic (Coman, min. 67); Lewandowski.
Goals: 0-1, min. 4: Muller; 1-1, min. 7: Alaba (og); 1-2, min. 22: Perisic; 1-3, min. 28: Gnabry; 1-4, min. 31: Muller; 2-4, min. 57: Suarez; 2-5, min. 63: Kimmich; 2-6, min. 83: Lewandowski; 2-7, min. 85: Coutinho; 2-8, min. 89: Coutinho
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia). Yellow Cards: Boateng (Min. 42) for Bayern Munich, Suarez (Min. 56) for Barcelona, Jordi Alba (Min. 59) for Barcelona, Kimmich (Min. 85) for Bayern Munich
Red cards: None
Stadium: Estadio da Luz