Bayern Batters Barcelona To its Worst CL Loss Ever

UEFA Champions League

  • Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 8-2 on Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.
  • Bayern is the first team in Champions League history to score 8 goals in a knockout match.
  • The loss was Barcelona’s worst ever in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich dealt Barcelona its worst ever loss in Champions League competition. The Bavarians humiliated Barca 8-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League.

Thomas Muller scored two first half goals to lead the German attack. Bayern put on a scoring display in the first half and put the match out of their rivals reach before even heading to the dugout.

Said Muller after the match:
“It’s tough to explain. think in this moment our team is in incredible shape. Thanks for the man of match trophy — maybe we have 12 to 15 players who deserve it. We worked so hard and have this intensity. It’s tough to beat us. It was so much fun today. For our style of players it doesn’t matter about the names of players we are facing. When someone presses and dribbles, it’s not a problem. Then we catch the ball and have so much talent in the offensive line.”

The talent of the offensive line was on full display against Barca. Six different players scored for Bayern with Muller and Philip Coutinho each producing a brace.

Worst Loss in CL History

Barcelona entered the game tied with Bayern Munich for the most quarterfinals appearance in the history of the Champions League with 18. Barca’s quarterfinals appearance this year extended its record to 13 straight quarterfinals appearances as they have not missed the last eight since 2007. But the good records ended there.

Before Friday night, Barcelona had never conceded four goals in the first half of a knockout round game in the UEFA Champions League. Barca had not allowed two goals inside 25 minutes since the first leg of the their 2016-17 quarterfinals matchup against Juventus. Those record stand no more.

Thomas Muller opened the scoring inside the five minute mark but Austrian defender David Alaba conceded an own goal to Barcelona to put the scoreline even at 1-1 inside of the opening 10 minutes of action. Bayern scored its second goal of the match courtesy of Ivan Perisic who netted in the 21st minute. Then the route began.

Muller set up Gnabry to make the score 3-1 in the 27th minute before scoring his second goal of the match in the 31st to make the score 4-1 as the Germans took a three-goal lead into the dressing room. Luis Suarez scored Barcelona’s second goal in the 57th minute but Bayern added four more in the second half, including three during a seven minute stretch very late in the game to complete the 8-2 massacre of the Spanish giants, their worst loss in Champions League history.

No Spanish Side in the Semis

With the way they have been playing since the return of football action from the COVID-19 forced break, the Bavarians are the team to beat right now. Bayern won 18 consecutive matches on their way to their 8th straight Bundesliga title. In the previous round, they blasted past Chelsea by an aggregate score of 7-1. And then on Friday night, they humiliated Spanish giants Barcelona in Lisbon.

With six of Barcelona’s starting XI over the age of 30, Bayern Munich’s youth and energy ruled the pitch. This is the first time since 2007-08 that Barca will end a season without any trophy and because of that, changes could loom in the horizon, both on and off the field.

Said Barcelona defender Gerard Pique:
“We can’t compete like that; you can’t play like that in Europe. It is not the first time, the second time or the third time, it’s very tough. I hope it is useful for something. Now everyone has to have a good look at themselves, the club needs change and I am not talking about the coach or the players, I am not pointing the finger at anyone. Nobody is safe, I am the first to say that I will go if new blood has to come in, I am the first to leave. We have to have a real look internally about what is best for the club.”

Messi was in search of a fifth Champions League title to match Ronaldo’s total. Instead, this will be the first Champions League tournament without either superstars making an appearance in the semifinals and beyond since 2007. It is also the first time since 2007 that no Spanish side is left in the competition at the start of the semifinals.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher.