Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho got a brace each to thrash Barcelona 8 – 2 on Friday night
German champions Bayern Munich ruthlessly humiliated Barcelona with a superb 8-2 victory on Friday that fired them through into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Thomas Mueller and Barcelona loanee, Philipe Courtinho scored twice for a proliferating Bayern. The German side were already leading 4-1 after 31 astonishing minutes, as Lionel Messi and his team mates were doomed to a lashing that felt like the end of an era for the illustrious Catalan club.
Both sides have won European titles five times but Bayern looked stronger and more deadly on the night, as Barca seemed wobbling before a stouter opponent.
It began with Bayern grasping a fourth minute lead when Mueller collected Ivan Perisic’s cross from the left and played a shrewd one-two with Robert Lewandowski before penetrating the net.
However, Barcelona pulled their stunts within three minutes to come to the game with David Alaba’s own goal. Clement Lenglet’s super long ball found Jordi Alba in space and Alaba’s effort to deal with his searching cross ended up flying past his own keeper Manuel Neuer.
But just as Barça appeared to have regained their strength, the Germans reclaimed their lead in the 21st minute — Serge Gnabry fed Perisic on the left and the Croatian peeped up to see his options before drilling past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
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Bayern then added the third as Thiago Alcantara, who was offered a space in the midfield to operate linked Leon Goretzka whose superb ball picked out Gnabry, who had got behind Lenglet and put a terrific finish.
It was Joshua Kimmich who turned in at the near post by Mueller — another goal of ruthless simplicity making it 4-1 at the break.
The Spaniards dreadfully required to discover a way to shift the energy after the break and their goal-bound striker, Luiz Suarez supplied a way back into the game with a fine strike, in the 57th minute. Jordi Alba found Suarez on the brink of the box and the Uruguayan slyly passed Jerome Boateng before smashing home.
In six minutes, Bayern heat up the atmosphere too hot for their opponent to handle as their Canadian teenager, Alphonso Davies stunningly dribbled in from the left flank, danced past Nelson Semedo and extended to the byline in a solo effort to set loose Kimmich to slot home making 5 – 2.
When Barca loanee, Philippe Coutinho came in, his first duty was to float a cross from the left to Robert Lewandowski who made no mistake to firmly head home.
Coutinho himself got a brace, in a subtle way to prove the Catalans wrong for loaning him, and sealed off the game in an unimaginable, brilliant version.
The Bavarians will wait to know their next opponent they will play in the semis between Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais, who meet on Saturday.