Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich: Bayern destroy Barça in Champions League quarter-final 2019/20


Bartomeu: "It's a really tough night. I'm sorry for all the members and fans of Barcelona. We will move." Congratulates Bayern on their great game and says decisions at Barcelona, which have already been thought about, will be taken in the coming days. Won't say what they are, says today is a day to reflect on what's happened and to think about the sad result.  Asked whether it's about the directors of the club Bartomeu says it's not the time to talk about that and that the decisions that need to be made will be announced in the coming days.


On the whistle match report Simon Evans' match report: German champions Bayern Munich utterly humiliated Barcelona with a stunning 8-2 victory on Friday that sent them through into the semi-finals of the Champions League in an extraordinarily emphatic manner. Thomas Mueller scored twice for a rampant Bayern, who led 4-1 after 31 astonishing minutes, as Lionel Messi and his team mates were condemned to a thrashing that felt like the end of an era for the illustrious Catalan club. Both teams have been crowned European champions five times. But, while Bayern look to have a real chance of added a sixth title next week, Barça are clearly facing major reconstruction work and it remains to be seen how many of those involved in this debacle will survive at the club. The scoreline recalled Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, a game where Bayern coach Hansi Flick was on the bench as the national team's assistant coach. It began with Bayern grabbing a fourth minute lead when Mueller collected Ivan Perisic's cross from the left and played a clever one-two with Robert Lewandowski before drilling home. But within three minutes Barça had struck back - Clement Lenglet's super long ball found Jordi Alba in space and David Alaba's attempt to deal with his searching cross ended up flying past his own keeper Manuel Neuer. Neuer then had to be quick off his line to foil a goal-bound Luis Suarez but was almost caught out by a cross-shot from Messi from the right which drifted through the area and struck the post. But just as Barça seemed to have established themselves, the Germans regained their lead in the 21st minute -- Serge Gnabry fed Perisic on the left and the Croatian glanced up to see his options before drilling past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Bayern then added the third as Barça's defence was opened up again with ease. Thiago Alcantara was given plenty of space in midfield to find Leon Goretzka whose superb ball picked out Gnabry, who had got behind Lenglet and then made no mistake with the finish. Flick's side were running riot and it got worse for Barca when a low cross from Joshua Kimmich was turned in at the near post by Mueller -- another goal of ruthless simplicity making it 4-1 at the break. The Spaniards desperately needed to find a way to shift the momentum after the break and Suarez, one of the few Barça players to emerge with any credit from the encounter, provided a route back into the game with a fine strike, in the 57th minute. Jordi Alba found Suarez on the edge of the box and the Uruguayan jinked passed Jerome Boateng before blasting home. But Bayern were in no mood to turn down the heat and six minutes later they restored their three goal advantage thanks to some outstanding work from their Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies. The left back dribbled in from the flank, danced past Nelson Semedo to get to the byline and then pulled the ball back to fellow full back Kimmich to slot home and make it 5-2. Somehow Bayern had managed to score five goals without their prolific striker Robert Lewandowski, who had scored in his previous seven Champions League matches - however, eight minutes from the end, the Pole put that right. Substitute Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan at the German club from Barça, floated over a cross from the left which Lewandowski firmly headed home at the back post. To add insult to the already painful injury, Coutinho then scored two more before the end, as Barcelona fell apart in unimaginable fashion to the brilliance of the Bavarians. Bayern, who last won Europe's biggest prize in 2013, will meet either Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais, who play on Saturday, in the last four.

Shredded

Setién: "It's a really painful defeat. It's more goals than it should have been. But when they come at you so hard..." The Barça coach also says he won't get involved in structural debates about the club, saying he's only been there six months, but saying if Piqué is saying it then of course probably something needs to be changed. 

Piqué says they've hit "rock bottom". "If I have to go to change things I'll be the first. We all have to look, reflect, decide what's important for the club."

Piqué: "Horrible game. Terrible feeling. Embarrassing. That's the word. It's really tough this. I hope it serves a purpose. It's time to reflect. The club needs changes. Not just the coach or the players. I don't want to single anyone out. It needs changes..."


When you can use the same tweet over and over and over again...

Many will, probably quite rightly, focus on what a state Barcelona are in, but Bayern knew exactly how to put them to sword. Lovely football all round Flick's side. 

Barcelona need to take a very long hard look at where they are and what they want to do from a footballing point of view.

Full time. My word. That's a thumping. A victory for the record books for Bayern, as they tonk Barcelona 8-2. 

90+1 Vidal booked for general misbehaviour (pushing, shouting etc). 

90 Regulation time up and Barcelona praying there's little added on. Just two minutes. "Time to get to 10", shouts someone from the other side of the newsroom. 

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89 Stop now. Coutinho makes it eight. Semedo has no idea what's going on and Coutinho swivels and slams home. 

88 Bayern still pretty much getting into dangerous positions at will. Coutinho again strides forward but this time his shot/pass is deflected out for a corner. It comes to nothing. 

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85 Bayern in seventh heaven! And it's Coutinho who slots it home. Salt in the wound. 

85 Kimmich booked for chopping Suárez

Goal stands.  Barcelona2Bayern6

Messi knew what was going on... BARCELONA Messi: "We can't win Champions League playing like we were"


82 Goal check on Lewandowksi's header. 

82 Lewandowski rises to head home Coutinho's cross and that's 6. Might be offside though...

80 Into the last ten minutes and Bayern are knocking the ball about happily from one side of the pitch to the other. This is painful for Barcelona. 

79 Coutinho all dancing feet out on the left in the box. Eventually enough defenders come across to put an end to his fun but he wins a corner. It comes to nothing. 

77 Messi strides onto a ball in the box and gets his shot away but you have to do more than that to cause Neuer problems. He saves on the deck. 

75 Serge Gnabry makes way for Philippe Coutinho - he'll be hoping to pick one up just outside the box, take one touch and curl it into the far top corner. 

72 Ansu Fati is keen, but too keen. He fouls Alaba in the Bayern box as he looks to make an impact. 


70 Ansu Fati on for Busquets. Oh, it would be a fairy tale...

68 Coman has to make it six! But Alba JUST gets across to cover and block the shot. Another disaster in defence though from Setién's men to allow Bayern in again. 

67 Coman on for Perisic

65 Barcelona are able to produce some nerves in the Bayern defence, but the truth is Flick's side always look slightly more dangerous. And the more Barcelona push for a third, the more likely Bayern's sixth is...

64 Messi has a ping, which comes off a defender and goes for a corner. That's cleared by the Bayern defence. 

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63 My word. That's some goal from Bayern! Davies strolls along the bye-line and lays it on a plate for Kimmich who pops home Bayern's fifth. 

60 Alba into the book. 

57 Lovely dink to beat his man in the box from the Uruguayan and Suárez then slams a low shot past Neuer to make it 2-4. Game on?

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57 Luis Suárez! 

54 Suárez into the book. Nasty little chop from behind on Thiago. 

54 Bayern have the ball in the Barça net, but it's miles offside. 


53 Messi fires the ball into the Bayern box but it's cleared

52 Davies into the book for elbowing Vidal. 

50 Bayern absolutely in control here. Dominating the midfield and attacking at will. Barcelona chasing the memory of shadows. 

49 Long ball over the top to Müller who lays off to Perisic - he controls and batters one, but it's straight at Ter Stegen who takes easily. 

48 Bayern nearly in again, down the right, but Ter Stegen is alert to the danger and comes and gathers. 

47 Setién has a raft of players warming up...

46 Bayern straight onto the front foot, probing down the left. 


Second half underway!

Griezmann on for Sergi Roberto at half-time.

Teams back out in Lisbon. Barcelona player looking EXTREMELY serious.  Griezmann coming on.

Boateng the only player booked in that first half.

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Probably...

Ah, yes. Clever.


Barcelona  last had a trophyless season in 2007/08. Goodness. 

So, can Barcelona come back? Well, it's football, so anything is possible, but Barça appear just too disorganised and slow at the back to give themselves the platform they would need to somehow get forward and score three against this Bayern side. If Barcelona were to get one, which you can't rule out with the twinkling toes of Messi and the predatory instincts of Suárez, Bayern would likely happily shut up shop and a two-goal advantage would be enough to see them through the rest of the second half, no matter what Barcelona threw at them. 

It's probably happening to you too. The half-time whistle goes and our mate Steve, a big Liverpool fan, is on the Whatsapp asking if any team has ever come back from three goals down at half-time in a Champions League match...

Half-time. Barcelona trudge off wondering what happened. Bayern trot off knowing exactly what happened. 

44 Suárez! Hits a bouncing ball from outside the box, but it's straight into Neuer's hands. 

43 Boateng into the book for chopping Suárez. 

That 1-4 feeling


40 This is the first time Barcelona have ever conceded four goals in the first half in Europe. 

40 Forty minutes gone. Bayern just shading this so far. 

38 Another corner for Bayern... Lewandowski gets his head on it, but it's straight at Ter Stegen who gathers oh-so-gratefully. 

Barcelona knocked right back into their corner

36 The ball breaks free and Perisic tries to curl it into the top corner. He apologises as it flies wide. 

When a tweet keeps giving...


32 Bayern come close to the fifth! This is an absolute disaster for Setién's men. They've got absolutely no shape at the back, no idea how to stop Bayern's attacks, and their midfield has offered absolutely nothing in terms of control of the game. Barring some sort of ridiculous turn around this is Setién's last match in charge of Barcelona. 

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31 Müeller! And that's 4-1 Bayern. Bish bash bosh. Thanks for coming Barcelona. 

29 The Barça defence is in tatters here, with Bayern able to run in behind them at will. Another chance for Lewandowksi straight after the Gnabry goal. 

28 Lovely ball over the top, but what are the Barcelona defence up to? Gnabry latched onto that and slotted home neatly.

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28 Gnabry! Bayern in the driving seat now. 3-1. 


24 Lenglet fighting to get on a corner, but he's outdone by a defender. Another corner. Which falls to Lenglet this time, but he slides his header wide.

23 Thiago slams one from just outside the box. Good position, but he got underneath it and it swirled away high and wide. 

22 Perisic released down the left in the box and he let loose with everything his left foot had... Ter Stegen got his own foot to it, but could only listen ruefully as it flew into the net. 

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22 PERISIC! Batters one from out left and Ter Stegen's leg just deflects it into the top corner. 

22 PERISIC! Batters one from out left and Ter Stegen's leg just deflects it into the top corner. 

20 Messi, Messi, Messi... into the Bayern box skipping round opponents who can't even get close... but his final shot is a tame effort along the deck and Neuer grabs it easily


19 A series of Bayern corners with the Barcelona players putting the ball out in desperation, but Flick's side can't make the pressure count.

15 Piqué with a slightly scary header back to Ter Stegen. The kind that looks like it's going to be short off the bonce, but ends up just getting to the keeper before the striker nips in.