Bayern Munich showed they are the best team in Europe as they thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in Lisbon on Friday to reach the Champions League semi-finals. And the Catalans? Plunged deep into crisis.
Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets (Ansu Fati, 70'), Sergi Roberto (Griezmann, 45') De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Messi y Luis Suárez.
Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng (Süle, 76'), Alaba, Davies (Hernández, 84'), Goretzka (Tolisso, 82'), Thiago, Gnabry (Coutinho, 76'), Müller, Perisic (Coman, 67') y Lewandowski.
0-1, min. 4: Müller combina con Lewandowski y bate a Ter Stegen. 1-1, min. 7: Alaba en propia puerta al intentar despejar un centro de Jordi Alba. 1-2, min. 22: Perisic, de disparo cruzado. 1-3, min. 27: Gnabry supera en velocidad a Lenglet y bate a Ter Stegen. 1-4, min. 31: Müller remata en el primer palo un centro de Kimmich. 2-4, min. 55: Suárez chuta desde la frontal y bate a Neuer. 2-5, min. 62: Kimmich bate en línea de gol a Ter Stegen tras un pase de la muerte de Davies. 2-6, min. 82: Lewandowski remata de cabeza sin oposición. 2-7, min. 85: Coutinho entra en el área y marca a placer. 2-8, min. 89: Coutinho remata desde el primer palo.
Damir Skomina (SLO). Tarjeta amarilla a Boateng (min. 41), Davies (min. 51), Luis Suárez (min. 52), Jordi Alba (min. 55) y Arturo Vidal (min. 90+2)
Partido de cuartos de final de la Liga de Campeones disputado en el estadio Da Luz de Lisboa a puerta cerrada.
The German champions, aiming to win their second treble, put Barcelona to the sword with a swashbuckling and brutal victory in Lisbon.
It’s a good job for Barcelona’s sake that this was a one off game instead of the usual two legged affair.
Thomas Muller scored after three minutes and four seconds, the first of four goals for Bayern in the half, five if you count David Alaba’s own goal that put Barcelona level in an entertaining start.
The game was even for 10 end-to-end minutes or so, before Hansi Flick’s side clicked into a gear that Barcelona haven’t reached since they won this competition last, in 2015.
Barcelona destroyed Bayern in the semi-final with an amazing final 20 minute flourish in the first leg to win 3-0 at Camp Nou. This was like that but for the next 80 minutes and in Bayern’s favour.
Ivan Perisic struck the second and Serge Gnabry got the third, before Thomas Muller stitched up Clement Lenglet to make it four before the break.
Luis Suarez gave Barca hope (ha!) but the remarkable Alphonso Davies set up his fellow full back Joshua Kimmich for the fourth
Robert Lewandowski got his 14th Champions League goal for the season to make it five, and then came the Philippe Coutinho show, with the substitute rubbing salt in Barcelona’s wounds.
The Brazilian set up that Lewandowski goal and then netted twice himself to leave Barcelona dazed and confused.
"It’s a tremendously painful defeat. They scored more goals that they merited. We started pretty well but the power of the opponents, in many phases of the play, overran us,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien, far out of his depth at this level, but not for much longer.
There could be changes elsewhere too, with Gerard Pique demanding revolution.
“"If I have to go in order to change things I'll be the first to accept that. This was a horrible game... it's a dreadful feeling. It's shameful. Structurally we need changes at all levels,” he said.