Lisbon, August 15
Bayern Munich inflicted on Barcelona probably the most humiliating defeat of the Lionel Messi period and among the many worst in workforce historical past by 8-2 to achieve the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern’s beautiful begin to the standout quarterfinal between the one previous champions within the final eight noticed Thomas Müller rating twice and Ivan Perišic and Serge Gnabry add on within the first half-hour on Friday.
Barcelona conceded eight for the primary time since 1946 after Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho (twice) piled on within the second half.
Barcelona tallied solely seven photographs on course in the entire recreation, getting on the board with an own-goal by David Alaba within the first half and thru Luis Suárez within the second.
“It’s a disastrous result. An embarrassment,” Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué mentioned.
“This, today, is unacceptable.”
Seeking its first title since 2013, Bayern will subsequent face both Manchester City or Lyon, who meet on Saturday within the final quarterfinal.
Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig are within the different semifinal of the mini-tournament being staged with out followers in Lisbon amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Brutal,” Kimmich mentioned.
“It’s hard to comprehend beating Barcelona 8-2. We were so focused from the first minute, we wanted to get forward with intent. An incredible result in the end, but we’re not done yet.”
Bayern’s greatest victory in Champions League historical past stored alive its quest for a sixth title, which might transfer it forward of Barcelona. The German membership has probably the most wins in opposition to Barcelona within the match’s historical past.
“We knew that if we put them under pressure, we would get chances,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick mentioned.
“We have such quality and intensity in this team, now we need to recharge and focus on the next game, where we start again from zero.”
The humbling loss ended a forgettable season for Barcelona, one which included a training change and public disputes between gamers and workforce officers. It is the primary time since 2008 the membership has completed a season with out a vital title. It hasn’t lifted the European trophy since 2015.
This loss recalled earlier Barcelona defeats virtually forgotten: — Eight conceded for the primary time since 1946 in dropping to Sevilla 8-Zero within the closing of the equal to the Copa del Rey.
— Largest margin of defeat since 1951 in dropping to Espanyol 6-Zero within the Spanish league.
— Only second time it conceded 5 objectives in a European match, after the 5-Four second-leg loss at Levski Sofia within the 1975-76 UEFA Cup quarterfinals.
Quique Setién’s remaining time as coach is anticipated to be counted in hours. He was already underneath hearth after Barcelona relinquished the Spanish league lead — and title — to Real Madrid after the competitors resumed following the pandemic break.
“Right now it’s too soon to be talking about whether I stay at the club or not,” Setién mentioned.
“The reality is that it doesn’t depend on me. It’s worth all of us working out what’s important and considering a wide range of things which correspond to a defeat of this importance and which is so painful.”
In a busy begin at Benfica’s Stadium of Light, Barcelona paid for defensive errors in opposition to Bayern’s potent assault, which reached 39 objectives in 9 video games on this Champions League.
Just 4 minutes in, Müller scored from inside the realm after a breakaway that began when Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets gave the ball away at midfield.
Barcelona equalized three minutes later when Alaba discovered his personal internet whereas attempting to intercept a go by Jordi Alba to Suárez.
Barcelona had a few nice possibilities shortly after, with Suárez’s close-range strike being saved by Manuel Neuer and Messi’s curling cross shot hitting the far put up.
Messi additionally missed after a run into the realm, and Bayern went again in entrance with Perišic’s highly effective shot previous goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen within the 22nd.
Bayern added the third and fourth objectives three minutes aside after Gnabry beat Gerard Piqué to a go into the realm within the 28th, and Müller accomplished a cross into the realm within the 31st after Barcelona proper again Nelson Semedo conceded possession.
Suárez pulled Barcelona nearer within the 57th, however Kimmich added the fifth purpose within the 63rd after Alphonso Davies cruised previous the Barcelona protection.
Lewandowski scored with a header within the 82nd, and Coutinho — on mortgage from Barcelona — closed the scoring with objectives within the 85th and 89th minutes and did not have a good time.
Bayern’s eight objectives tied the file for many by a membership in a match within the Champions League period. Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8-Four within the 2016-17 group stage. It is probably the most by a membership in a Champions League period knockout stage.
With his double, Müller reached six objectives in 5 matches in opposition to Barcelona on the event of turning into the German participant with probably the most appearances within the Champions League at 113.
Barcelona’s demise means no Spanish membership has reached the semifinals for the primary time since 2007. AP