Bayern Munich advanced to the semi – final stage of the UEFA champions league to face either Manchester City or Lyon following what is described as a ‘mammoth’ victory over Barcelona in Lisbon,Portugal.
The intensities were high as both teams were in dire need to progress through to the next stage of the competition. However, the Bavarians were the pace – setter. There were four minutes on the clock when Ivan Perisic,breaking into space vacated by Nelson Semedo on the left,found Thomas Müller, who exchanged a volleyed one – two with Lewandoski before firing beyond Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Couple of minutes after,the Catalans levelled matters up. A long ball released Jordi Alba,who hurtled beyond Joshua Kimmich on the left and squared it into Suarez path. David Alaba intercepted the ball,only to slice it into his own goal.
The equaliser was short – lived. The domineering force of the Bayern’s attack kept asking questions from the Barca’s side and converted brilliant pieces of attacking football to take the game beyond Barcelona’s reach. The German side kept scoring again,again and again.
It was an absolute humiliation of the Barcelona’s side. Despite having Lionel Messi,the world best player,he was unable to save the day. The combination of ‘old guards’ present in the Spanish giant were unable to fathom the slightest route to outsmart the Bavarians. Not only that Barcelona was flawed, but it was the cruellest of ironies that Barcelona’s Coutinho,signed from Liverpool 2 seasons ago,rubbed salt in his parent club wounds. He came into the match with less than ten minutes on the clock to score two goals and created one. What an impact!.
As Bayern Munich delivered Champions League demolition of dismal Barcelona, histories were made in Lisbon. Barcelona became the first team to concede four goals in the first half of a UEFA champions league match since Porto who shipped five against Bayern Munich,in April 2015.
As if that was not enough, the Spanish side became the first team to concede eight goals in a champions league quarter final single tie matching APOEL’s record of an 8-2 aggregate defeat by Real Madrid,in 2012.
The deed has been done,the punishment has been melted on Barcelona,a landmark achievement for the ‘wizard’ Bavarians. An astonishing Bayern Munich and indeed,a historically bad Barcelona.