The energetic, ruthless, and relentless German side took Barcelona to the cleaners as pressure heaps on Quique Setien after one of the heaviest defeats in Barcelona’s history while Bayern seems to be the team to beat in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich scored four times in either half as Barcelona looked on as bystanders, and if the referee added more time, it could only mean Bayern would not stop scoring as Barcelona looked shambolic throughout.
The Bavarians went about their business very early on during the game, and inside the first four minutes, through Thomas Muller following a one-two with Robert Lewandowski but Barcelona was level 3 minutes later as David Alaba wildly sliced a Jordi Alba cross into his own net to restore parity.
Barcelona flattered to deceive as they ran through the Bayern defence only for Suarez to be denied by Manuel Neuer while Messi hit the post with a curling cross through a packed box shortly afterward.
That was all the courtesy Bayern would allow the Spanish giants as the following 22 minutes took the game away from Barca. Ivan Perisic smashed in Bayern’s second before Serge Gnabry finished off a delightful ball over the top from Leon Goretzka, and Muller poked in his second at the near post.
Barcelona came into the second half looking like a rejuvenated team that’s on course to pull a comeback at the very least, as a neat turn and finish from Suarez reduced the deficit for a short while before Bayern took the reins once again.
Joshua Kimmich’s side-foot finish following some stunning skill and speed, and excellent delivery from Alphonso Davies made the scoreline 5-2 in favour of Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski registered himself as well when he headed his 14th Champions League goal in just eight games before Philippe Coutinho was introduced to rub salt in Barca’s deep wounds. The on loan player from the Spanish side – netted a seventh and eighth via close-range finishes after coming off the bench.
Bayern remain the most decorated side left in the competition, having won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, and look comfortably the strongest left in this season’s tournament.
Bayern will face either Manchester City or Lyon – who play on Saturday evening – in the Champions League semi-final on August 19.
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Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Bayern Munich became the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a knockout match, and the first in the European Cup since Real Madrid in the 1990/91 last 16 against FC Wacker Innsbruck (9-1 win).
- Bayern manager, Hans-Dieter Flic,k became only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first six matches in charge, after Fabio Capello in 1992/93 and Luis Fernandez in 1994/95.
- Thomas Müller scored six goals against Barcelona in the Champions League, the most a player has ever scored against the Spaniards in the competition’s history.
- Bayern Munich have reached their 12th Champions League semi-final – only Real Madrid have done so more often (13).
- Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score in eight or more consecutive Champions League matches since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2018 (11 games).
- Barcelona has been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
- Bayern Munich has won their last 19 matches in all competitions, a record run in German top-flight football in all competitions.
- Barcelona has lost six Champions League matches against Bayern Munich – two more than against any other side.