Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller celebrates scoring in the Champions League quarter-final
Barcelona v Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller celebrates scoring in the Champions League quarter-final

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich report & highlights: German champions smash Lionel Messi's side with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice

Bayern Munich produced a devastating performance to smash Barcelona 8-2 in their Champions League quarter-final.

While it was a scintilating display of attacking and finishing from Hansi Flick's side, Barcelona led to their own downfall with some woeful defending in a lacklustre display that saw them out-fought, out-thought and out-worked in every department.

The German champions will be waiting for the winner of Saturday’s Man City v Lyon game, and they laid down a huge marker with a demolition job that embarrassed Lionel Messi’s side.

Bayern, who were our pre-season Champions League outright tip at 14/1, are now the 6/4 favourites to win the competition after their brutal dispatching of the Spaniards.

Barca last conceded eight goals back in 1946, but they managed to equal that effort as they capitulated in the second half after going in 4-1 behind after a frenetic first half.

Thomas Muller scored the first of his two goals after just four minutes, before a bizarre David Alaba own goal levelled the scores – that was to be as close as Barca came though to making a game of it.

Serge Gnabry walked through the middle to score, Ivan Perisic added a third before Muller made it four at the break. Luis Suarez pulled a goal back after the interval but Joshua Kimmich quickly restored their three-goal lead.

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich: Stats from the Champions League quarter-final
Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich: Stats from the Champions League quarter-final

Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona of course, then came off the bench to produce a stinging late cameo to add salt into the wounds - firstly by setting up Robert Lewandowski for his customary goal, taking his tally to 54 for the season.

Coutinho then added two late goals of his own as Barca basically downed tools and resigned themselves to another disappoiting Champions League exit, and pile huge pressure on coach Quique Setien who surely won't survive at the helm after that result.

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  • 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).
  • Barcelona lost a match by six-goals for the first time since April 1951, when they were beaten 6-0 by Espanyol in a league match.
  • Bayern Munich have reached their 12th Champions League semi-final – only Real Madrid have done so more often (13).
  • Barcelona shipped eight goals in a match for the first time since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in April 1946.
  • 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 have been eliminated in the quarter-final of the Champions League for a fourth time in the last five seasons.
  • Bayern Munich have won their last 19 matches in all competitions, a record run in German top-flight football in all competitions.
  • Bayern manager Hans-Dieter Flick 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.
  • Barcelona have lost six Champions League matches against Bayern Munich – two more than against any other side.
  • 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.

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