14th August, 2020
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Bayern Munich on Friday demolished Barcelona 8-2 to reach Champions League Semi-final.
This is the biggest defeat for Barcelona in the history of Champions League.
It is worse than the 7-1 it suffered on two legs to Bayern some years ago, but the 8-2 demolition is on one leg.
As early as four minutes into the game, Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead. He has acres of space after latching on to a precise pass into the box. He did not hesitate to unleash a great effort which ended up in the bottom left corner.
But Barcelona equalised on 7th minute through David Alaba’s own goal. The Bayern player suffered a good deal of misfortune as he accidentally puts a pass from one of the attacking players into his own net.
Bayern soon restored their lead on 22nd minute through a superb goal from great team play. Ivan Perisic latched on to a perfect pass and fired an excellent low shot inside the right post.
Serge Gnabry quickly added a third goal for Bayern on 28th minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box and beats the goalkeeper with a shot into the bottom left corner.
It was 4-1 on 31st minute, as Muller got his brace, unleashing a first-time shot from inside the box and beats the goalkeeper into the bottom right corner.
Barcelona reduced the tally to 2-4 on 57th minute, after an amazing individual effort from Luis Suarez ended with a strike from inside the penalty area. He sent the ball precisely into the bottom right corner.
The rampaging Bayern were on it again on 63rd minute to make it 5-2. Alphonso Davies puts the ball on a plate for Joshua Kimmich, who scored with a simple close-range finish.
Robert Lewandowski made it 6-2 on 82nd minute, getting on the end of a pass to finish into an empty net with a close-range header.
Two minutes later, former Barcelona player, Philippe Coutinho latched on to a perfect pass and fired an excellent low shot inside the left post to punish his former team, making it 7-2.
On 89th minute, Coutinho compounded Barcelona’s woes, with his second goal to make it 8-2. He received a killer pass, found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and coolly sent the ball into the back of the net.