Blazing Bayern Munich have qualified for the UEFA Champions League Semi finals after beating FC Barcelona in a swashbuckling style in Lisbon on Friday night.
A record-smashing football game that saw FC Bayern score eight in a UEFA Champions League match for the first time ever means there will be no Spanish side in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2006/07.
Man of the Match, Thomas Müller gave Bayern the lead after beautifully exchanging passes with Robert Lewandowski but that was quickly cancelled out when David Alaba sliced Jordi Alba’s cross into his own net. Lionel Messi hit a post but Barcelona then wilted under a ten-minute onslaught.
Serge Gnabry robbed Sergi Roberto and teed up Ivan Perišić for Bayern’s second and the floodgates opened. Gnabry himself added the third and Müller turned in Joshua Kimmich’s cross to make it four in the 31st minute.
Luis Suárez reduced arrears but that only disturbed the hornets’ nest again, Kimmich making it 5-2 following a dazzling run by Alphonso Davies. Lewandowski’s 14th goal of their European campaign and a late Philippe Coutinho double against his parent club sealed a landmark victory.
This is only the second time Barcelona have conceded five goals in a UEFA competition match, and the first since a 5-4 second-leg loss at Levski Sofia in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup quarter-finals – a tie they won 8-5 on aggregate.
Barcelona defender, Gerard Piqué while reacting to the outcome of the match said, “I’m in pain. We all are. We can’t compete like that. It’s very, very tough to take. We must change the dynamic we are on. Is it an end of an era? I’m not sure but I know that we must accept that we have hit the bottom.”
Bayern will now face either of Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-final.