That is how far Barcelona has fallen: Many thought it was very attainable the Blaugrana can be crushed by Bayern Munich within the first Champions League group stage match. And it occurred. Barcelona was totally outmatched in a 3-0 loss, bowing down to 2 objectives by Robert Lewandowski and one other from Thomas Muller.
Muller has scored extra UEFA Champions League objectives towards Barcelona than every other participant in historical past and he bought his German facet forward on a thirty fourth minute shot that was deflected on its technique to aim. Lewandowski added to Barcelona’s distress within the second half with two objectives off rebounds from photographs by teammates that struck the woodwork.
Barcelona was hardly ever threatening, coming closest on a set-piece header by defender Ronald Araujo. Within the second half Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman launched a parade of minor gamers with the end result clearly out of attain for his membership.
“It is a robust end result enjoying at house,” Barcelona’s Gerard Pique informed CBS postgame. “It is true Bayern Munich is a really skilled membership with nice gamers enjoying collectively for a very long time. They scored off a rebound — slightly little bit of unhealthy luck from our facet — after which the second aim was very painful for us. On the finish of the day, we performed with 4 or 5 children who’re 18 years outdated and I believe they competed superb. We now have to put money into them. They’re the way forward for the membership.”
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As soon as mighty Barcelona has a combat on its fingers to even advance from Group E, which additionally options Dynamo Kiev and Benfica. Koeman has warned followers that the membership is in for a tricky season after failing to re-sign Lionel Messi and shedding different gamers to transfers. The membership was additionally with out three star attackers because of damage.
“It is true it is not the most effective time since I have been right here,” Pique continued. “However I believe we are going to develop up, we will probably be higher and I am certain on the finish of the 12 months we are going to compete for the titles. There are a number of gamers that I believe can provide us rather a lot which are injured proper now: Ansu [Fati], Ousmane [Dembele] and [Sergio] Kun Aguero. And we have now to maintain profitable till they arrive again as a result of I believe they may also help us rather a lot.”
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich remaining rating
BAY — Thomas Muller — thirty fourth min.
BAY — Robert Lewandowski — 56th min.
BAY — Robert Lewandowski — eighty fifth min.
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Closing: Barcelona 0, Bayern Munich 3
eighty fifth min.: One other aim for Lewandowski! One other case of a teammate hitting the put up and Lewandowski choosing it up, dribbling previous Pique on the bottom and depositing behind the web. His seventy fifth Champions League aim.
83rd min.: SUBS – Triple change for Bayern with Josip Stanisic, Kingsley Coman and Marcel Sabitzer approaching.
82nd min.: Balde has livened the gang along with his runs down the left wing. In the meantime, his teammate Gavi will get a yellow card.
77th min.: Coutinho’s shot towards aim is deflected. Barcelona nonetheless cannot muster a lot in assault although no less than Coutinho is attempting. Bayern has taken its foot off the pedal. The end result shouldn’t be unsure.
73rd min.: SUBS – One other teen on for Barcelona. Alejandro Balde is available in for Jordi Alba, who signaled to get replaced. Alba additionally simply turned a meme for Barcelona Twitter:
seventieth min.: SUBS – The parade of replacements continues. Serge Gnabry on for Jamal Musiala for Bayern.
66th min.: SUBS – Each groups introduce contemporary legs. Lucas Hernandez on for proper again Benjamin Pavard … Barcelona middle again Eric Garcia is off and Oscar Mingueza replaces him. Philippe Coutinho can be within the recreation for Barcelona ahead Luuk de Jong, who had a forgettable debut.
59th min.: SUBS – Barcelona is bringing on the youngsters. Gavi (17) comes on for Sergi Busquets and Yusuf Demir (18) comes on for Sergi Roberto on the proper wing. Pique now sporting the captain’s armband from Busquets.
56th min.: Objective!! And there is the second. Bayern simply blasting photographs within the field. Musiala fires off the proper put up after which Robert Lewandowski places house the rebound. It is approach too straightforward. Bayern are barely celebrating that aim. Not what you’d anticipate to occur on the Camp Nou.
52nd min.: After a neat mixture within the penalty space, Leroy Sane will get a shot off within the field that is stopped by Ter Stegen with a kick save. The Bayern attackers can weave their approach via Barcelona with relative ease.
forty sixth min.: The second half is underway. Will Bayern pour it on towards Barcelona?
Halftime: Barcelona 0, Bayern Munich 1
Halftime: Did Bayern Munich even break a sweat in that half? It was such a snug half for the German facet, which wasn’t ever too troubled by what Barcelona needed to supply. It felt like Bayern’s aim was at all times coming: The crew’s attackers have been merely extra enterprising and harmful than their predictable Barcelona counterparts. It is taken this Barcelona enjoying in Europe for followers to witness simply how far Barcelona has fallen after a summer season that noticed the membership lose a few of its greatest gamers. This Barcelona might need a tricky time getting out of the group. It is unhappy to see.
fortieth min.: What a play by Alphonso Davies. Memphis Depay simply tried to get by him and Davies schooled him: He stripped Depay of the ball and glided proper by him.
thirty eighth min.: Barcelona’s first actual try is weak. A cross by Jordi Alba from the left and it is over the pinnacle of Frenkie de Jong, who made a run into the field.
thirty fourth min.: Objective Bayern! Thomas Muller has area to fireside a shot from 20 yards out and it takes a deflection off the again of Eric Garcia and will get previous Ter Stegen. Bayern is up and needs extra.
thirty first min.: Bayern into the Barcelona field once more! The German attackers are extra fluid with their motion and able to interchange and mix. That is inflicting points for Barcelona, however it’s an offside that foils Bayern right here.
twenty seventh min.: Implausible sliding block by Pique within the field to foil Bayern. Then a minute later Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo had a large open set-piece header within the Bayern field that he sends excessive. Either side coming shut.
twenty first min.: Many have been anticipating Barcelona to get crushed on this one and it’s not like that in any respect. Barcelona may be very a lot on this recreation.
nineteenth min.: Probability for Bayern! Sergi Roberto with a giveaway in his personal half and it’s Leroy Sane with a shot that Ter Stegen has to punch away.
fifteenth min.: Sergi Roberto meets a cross from the left facet with a shot over the bar. Barcelona are getting via and behind the Bayern again line. Seems just like the Blaugrana are focusing on that left attacking flank (away from Alphonso Davies).
tenth min.: Wow. Ball into Lewandowski within the field and Ronald Araujo pushes him within the field and Lewandowski hits the bottom after attempting to remain on his ft. Seemed like a penalty, however the English officers weren’t .
ninth min.: Lewandowski wins a free kick for Bayern about 25 yards out, however the German facet can’t take benefit. This recreation can’t get out of substances.
fifth min.: Referee Michael Oliver reveals Joshua Kimmich an early yellow card for flattening Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong. Nothing comes of the following free kick.
4th min.: Sluggish tempo to begin this one. Barcelona knocking it round in its personal half underneath the Bayern stress.
1st min.: We’re off. Bayern instantly excessive urgent.
2:58 p.m. ET: The Barcelona trustworthy don’t benefit from the Champions League theme tune like a few of us do:
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: Beginning lineups
FC Barcelona beginning lineup (3-5-2, left to proper): 1-Ter Stegen-GK — 24-Eric Garcia, 3-Pique, 4-Ronald Araujo — 18-Jordi Alba, 16-Pedri, 5-Sergi Busquets, 21-Frenkie de Jong, 20-Sergi Roberto — 17-Luuk de Jong, 9-Memphis Depay
Bayern Munich beginning lineup (4-2-3-1, left to proper): 1-Manuel Neuer-GK — 19-Alphonso Davies, 4-Niklas Sule, 2-Dayot Upamecano, 5-Pavard — 6-Joshua Kimmich, 8-Goretzka — 42-Jamal Musiala, 25-Thomas Muller, 10-Leroy Sane — 9-Robert Lewandowski
The way to watch Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich
- Date: Tues, Sept. 14
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV , Paramount+
- Streaming (Canada): DAZN
Barcelona vs. Bayern will probably be televised by Univision’s UniMas and TUDN networks. Each channels are carried by fuboTV (free 7-day trial for brand spanking new subscribers). Paramount+ can have an English-language stream of the match.
DAZN has the UEFA Champions League rights in Canada and can stream the match for subscribers.