Bayern Munich on Friday scripted history as they hammered Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals of the ongoing UEFA Champions League. The Bavarians knocked the Catalans out of the tournament to book their semifinal berth.
The eight goals scored in Lisbon by Bayern Munich are the most scored by any team in a knockout game in the history of Europe’s premier club competition.
Also, it was the first time since 1946 that Barcelona conceded eight goals. Their last such embarassment had come 74 years ago when Sevilla defeated them 8-0. Exiting the Champions League, Barcelona finished their season without any significant title for the first time since 2008.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick had fielded his strongest line-up possible. His decision paid dividends in just the fourth minute of the gane when Robert Lewandowski provided Thomas Muller the delivery to score the opener.
Barcelona were quick to response and within three minutes initiated a vicious attack. Left-back Jordi Alba played a cross from the edge to Luis Suarez. But before the Uruguayan striker could receive the ball, Bayern Munich defender David Alaba mistakenly put it into his own net while trying to cut it away.
In the next few minutes, Barcelona seemed to take the momentum as they produced two more goal plays. One saw Bayern Munich keeper Emanuel Neuer denying, while in the other Lionel Messi ended up hitting the post.
However, the match took a turn on its head when Serge Gnabri and Ivan Perisic had combined for the latter to score Bayern Munich’s second goal. The German side scored another two in the next 10 minutes to go 4-1 up in just half an hour.
The third goal was a result of a brilliant individual play by Gnabry who beat the Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen after receiving the ball from Leon Goretzka.
On 31 minutes, after a cross by Kimmich’s right, Muller got the ball in the small area and marked his second in the game and the fourth of Bayern.
After the interval, the Barca coach promised changes, drawing out Sergi Roberto and finally fielding in Griezmann.
However, the game continued to favor Bayern, who scored again after 52 minutes, but the goal was cancelled.
The Spanish hope came in the 57th minute, when Suarez received the ball from Alba and sent it deep into the net.
The hope was short-lived, as six minutes later, Davies made a move from the left, passed through Semedo, who entered the area and played back, Kimmich extended the lead to 5-2 for Bayern.
After a cross from Felipe Coutinho, Lewandowski went up to head and score his first in the game on 82 minutes.
When everything seemed decided, the same Coutinho, a former Barcelona player, scored two more, both receiving the ball in the area, with time to dominate and kick.
Bayern Munich will take on the winner between Manchester City and Lyon in the semifinals next week in Lisbon.