The much-awaited star-match of the quarter-final stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League went down at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich.
With both teams sharing 10 titles (five apiece) in this competition, the keenly contested tie lived up to expectation from the blast of the whistle as Bayern Munich thumped Barcelona 8-2 to set up a semi-final clash against the winner of the game between Manchester City and Lyon.
Thomas Mueller, making his 113th appearance in the Champions League (more than any other German player in the history of the competition) marked the record on the day by opening the flood gate of goals with a fourth-minute stunner. Quite early right, wait for it.
Mueller got a second goal in the 31st minute after three more goals were registered in 21 minutes thus accounting for two of the five goals scored in the first half.
With 11 shots registered in the first 31 minutes of the game, David Alaba’s over-zealous clearance for Bayern in the seventh minute gifted Barcelona one goal, levelling things up at 1-1.
Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry made up for the third and fourth goals in the 22nd and 28th minute respectively, making a total mockery of Barcelona’s defence even though theirs were not better off.
The first half thus ended with a 4-1 margin in favour of Bayern Munich who as well as responsible for all five goals of the opening 45 minutes.
Bayern refused to ‘calm down’ in the second half as expected but rather pushed for more goals which was clearly evident when Lewandowski tapped in from Muller’s pull-back but the midfielder was miles offside.
The harvest of goals continued with both teams getting a goal each in six minutes.
First off, Luis Suarez dribbled past the defence of Bayern, finishing off with a cool shot at goal. Suarez goal was the first in 57minutes coming from a Barcelona player in the game.
Joshua Kimmich in a swift response made an easy finish at goal to score Bayern’s fifth goal of the encounter in the 63rd minute.
That’s not all guys, Robert Lewandowski and Phillipe Coutinho wrapped things up in style, gifting Bayern the sixth and seventh goal on a humiliating night for Barcelona.
Robert Lewandowski’s goal in the 82nd minute was his 50th Champions League for Bayern Munich. Phillipe Coutinho made the closing remark of the game in the 89th minute, scoring Bayern’s eight and final goal on the night to end the game at 8-2.
The defeat is the first of this magnitude for Barcelona in the Champions League since their loss to Valencia in October 1949.
Bayern Munich have now become the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match.