Bayern Munich kicked off their Champions League campaign with another convincing victory over Barcelona — this time a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
In a game Bayern dominated, reminiscent of the 8-2 win in this competition two seasons ago, the Germans looked the stronger side from the start. It came as no surprise when they took the lead in the 34th minute through a deflected shot by Thomas Muller.
The visitors continued to dominate possession in the second-half. Robert Lewandowski scored his first of the evening in the 56th minute with a left-footed shot inside the box.
With five minutes remaining, Lewandowski scored his second of the match to help seal the deal for Bayern. Serge Gnabry’s shot hit the post and the rebound fell to the Polish international to slot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
A disappointing showing from Barcelona makes it their first opening group game loss in 24 years.
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Champions League results round-up
Well, what an exciting evening it has been, who doesn’t love European football!? In case you missed the other matches, here is a round-up of all the results:
Group E: Barcelona 0 – 3 Bayern Munch / Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 0 Benfica
Group F: Young Boys 2 – 1 Manchester United / Villarreal 2 – 2 Atalanta
Group G: Sevilla 1 – 1 FB Salzburg / Lille 0 – 0 Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea 1 – 0 Zenit / Malmo 0 – 3 Juventus
Julian Nagelsmann is happy with his team’s performance
Bayern Munich manager Nagelsmann spoke briefly on his team’s performance. He said: “I’m happy. But when I look back at the game, when I analyze it, I can’t drown in joy. We could have been better.”
Bayern had an impressive 17 shots, seven of which were on target. Nagelsmann’s team were not tested much, with Barcelona failing to register a shot on target.
The scoreline wasn’t as big as the 8-2 win Bayern had over Barcelona two seasons ago, but Nagelsmann will want his team to be move clinical in the final third if they are to win the Champions League.
Muller pleased with the win
Thomas Muller scored the opening goal tonight and he was in a joyous mood after the game.
The German international said: “We didn’t allow them much at the back. Going forward, we could have scored one or two more. It’s a lot of fun playing here, the boys enjoyed it. When you win 3-0 here, it’s a really important signal. We’re really pleased.”
Koeman reacts to the defeat
The Barcelona manager was frustrated but honest after the 3-0 home defeat tonight. He said: “I’m disappointed, we lost 3-0. But if you are being realistic.. this can happen. We have problems up front and are limited in our options. This is the best we could offer.
“The system? We had three forwards available. Of course we would have liked to compete better, but this is what we have, this is what we have.
“I can’t say anything about the team’s attitude. We have the squad we have and very young players. But in two or three years they will be very good.”
Gerard Pique has been reacting to his side’s heavy defeat tonight. The defender said: “We competed in the first half, Bayern took the lead with a deflected goal. In the end, I don’t know how many kids we had on. It is what it is, we are what we are.”
Tonight was the first time Barcelona went the whole night without a single shot on target in the Champions League since the 2003-04 campaign.
Stat courtesy of OptaJoe
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: It’s all over at the Nou Camp and Barcelona are condemned to a heavy defeat. It’s the first time they have lost their opening game of a Champions League campaign in 24 years
As for Bayern, what a superb performance. They dominated from early and didn’t let up until the final whistle.
85 mins – Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: Who else but Lewandowski? Coman picks out Gnabry but his shot comes off the post. The ball falls to Lewandowski and he smashes home his second of the night.
It’s another heavy thumping for Barcelona by Bayern Munich who beat them 8-2 two seasons ago.
70 mins – Barcelona 0-2 Bayern Munich: For the home side, Mingueza comes on for Garcia. The former Manchester City defender has endured a difficult evening against an ever-present Bayern attack.
What a strong bench Bayern have. The impressive Musiala comes off to make way for Gnabry.
Substitutions for both sides
68 mins – Barcelona 0-2 Bayern Munich: Coutinho comes in for Luuk de Jong. A few minutes earlier, Roberto and Buqeuets made way for Demir and Gaviria. Can they help Barcelona climb back into this game?
For Bayern – just the one change as Hernendez comes in for Pavard in defence.
56 mins – Barcelona 0-2 Bayern Munich: Musiala releases a powerful shot but it strikes the post and Lewandowski is there to tap it in for his 74th Champions League goal.
Barcelona have looked lacklustre and if they are not careful, this could end-up being embarrassing.
Brilliant save by Ter Stegen
52 mins – Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich: Bayern get in-behind yet again. Lewandowski back-heels it to Sane and his shot from close-range is saved well by Ter Stegen’s right foot. The hosts are holding on at the moment and a second goal for Bayern looks inevitable.
Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich: We are back underway at the Nou Camp. Barcelona will have to step it up a gear or two after failing to get a shot on target in the first-half.
They will be aware of the counter-attacking threat Bayern pose when going forward.
Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller’s heavily deflected shot is the difference as we head into the interval. The hosts have dominated and deserve the lead.
Barcelona are lacking inspiration in-front of a quiet home crowd. Bayern are dealing with Memphis’ threat well but Luuk de Jong has been involved more and looks the likelier player to get on the score-sheet.
Barcelona search for equaliser
38 mins – Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich: The hosts are looking to get an instant reply. After some patient build-up play, Alba releases a cross from the left-side but it’s too high for Luuk de Jong to reach. Can Barcelona grab an equaliser before half-time?
33 mins – Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller takes a shot from long range but it takes a massive deflection off Garcia and it flies past Ter Stegen who is helpless.
It’s what Bayern deserve after a good start to the game.
Bayern getting close
27 mins – Barcelona 0-0 Bayern: Best chance of the game so far. Bayern get in behind and Musiala releases a low shot but it’s blocked by Pique. You feel it’s just a matter of time before the German side take the lead.
23 mins – Barcelona 0-0 Bayern: It’s all Bayern at the moment. Barcelona have all their players camped in their own half as Bayern attempt to penetrate the defence.
Chance for Bayern
19 mins – Barcelona 0-0 Bayern: Great chance for the German side!
After some excellent build-up play, the ball falls to Sane inside the box but he is denied by a strong right hand from Ter Stegen.
12 mins – Barcelona 0-0 Bayern Munich: It’s been cagey start to the game. Barcelona threatened to take the lead early-on but the visitors have settled into it now and are pressing the Spanish side every-time they get on the ball.
Yellow for Kimmich
5 Mins – Barcelona 0-0 Bayern Munich: Kimmich gets a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Roberto.
The Champions League anthem erupts around the Nou Camp and the game is now underway.
Almost kick-off time
Kick-off is just a few minutes away ahead of what promises to be an enthralling game.
Bayern Munich: A club in transition
There have been a lot of changes on and off the pitch at Bayern over the last year or so.
Julian Nagelsmann took over from Hansi Flick this summer and a host of their experienced players such as Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Javi Martinez have departed and been replaced by a younger core in Jamal Musiala, Marcel Sabitzer, Dayot Upamecano and Leroy Sane.
Nevertheless, success is expected in all scenarios and the German club will be eyeing more European glory this season.
In the below article, The Athletic’s Raphael Honigstein assesses Bayern’s current situation.
Bayern Munich, a club in transition (but who still are expected to win)
The team-sheets are out and this is how both teams will line-up tonight:
Barcelona (3-5-2): Ter Stegen, Araujo, Pique, Garcia, Roberto, Frankie de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba, Luuk de Jong, Depay
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Sule, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Musiala, Muller, Sane, Lewandowski
Life without Messi
Tonight’s game will be Barcelona’s first European match without Lionel Messi in almost 17 years.
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is wary about the danger the Spanish side can cause even without Messi. He said: “Even without Messi, Barcelona have other players who play a very important role, like Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, for example.
“We are prepared for everything. I don’t think they’re a much worse team without Messi. But we definitely want three point
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The last meeting
The last time these two European giants met, Bayern Munich annihilated Barcelona 8-2 in Lisbon.
Ronald Koeman is hoping to put that result behind them. Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “It’s been more than a year and several players suffered a lot from that game. We have a unique opportunity tomorrow. We can hurt Bayern and we have a good team for that. We have to play our style to hurt the opponent.”
Can the Spanish side get their revenge tonight?
In the below The Athletic have taken a deeper look into what happened on that night in August
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Hello and welcome to tonight’s live blog for the Champions League game between Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Both teams are in good form so it is definitely going to be an exciting game to watch!
We will be bringing you all the latest updates in the build-up to the game as well as during so be sure to get some dinner and stick around.
While we wait for kick-off why not have a read of this amazing piece Mark Carey who has highlighted 10 players that will light up the group stages.