July 8, 2014.
This was one of the most infamous days in football history as Germany defeated Brazil, the host nation, in the World Cup semifinals 7-1. Today, in the Champions League quarterfinals, we got to see the top German club, Bayern Munich, recreate that match as they destroyed FC Barcelona 8-2.
Like the 2014 match, Thomas Muller was the first goal scorer as he smashed in a goal in the fourth minutes past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after a great touch pass by striker Robert Lewandowski.
Minutes later, Bayern fullback David Alaba deflected Barcelona’s Jordi Alba’s shot into his own net to level the score.
Barcelona had hope, but soon, the tie was broken. In the 21st minute, Bayern winger Ivan Perisic scored on the left wing with a perfect left-footed strike to give Bayern the lead back.
Bayern would keep this lead as Muller perfectly set up winger Serge Gnabry for him to easily slot it past ter Stegen for a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later, Muller tapped in right back Joshua Kimmich’s cross, giving Bayern a 4-1 lead in the 31st minute.
Like Germany in 2014, Bayern was relentless, constantly attacking a frustrated Barcelona defense. In the 57th minute, Barcelona found hope as striker Luis Suarez dribbled past Jerome Boateng and shot it past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to cut the deficit to two goals. Barcelona had hope once again.
However, enter world class Canadian left back Alphonso Davies.
He dribbled past Nelson Semedo and the Barcelona backline at the goal line, crossed it to Kimmich, who put it away to give Bayern a 5-2 lead, eliminating all hope Barcelona had.
Bayern subbed on Barcelona-loanee Philippe Coutinho and he helped put the dagger in Barcelona’s hearts. His cross found Lewandowski as he tapped a header into the back of the net to give Bayern a 6-2 lead. Coutinho would proceed to score twice, capping the score at 8-2.
Bayern 8-2 over Barcelona was the result at fulltime. Unreal.
I said in my preview Bayern would win easily but I never would have imagined Bayern would win by six goals, much less dropping eight goals on Barcelona. Bayern proved today they are a force to be reckoned with. Despite having a two+ goal lead the entire second half, they played like the club trying to comeback. Davies continues to show that he is the best leftback in the world and Bayern showed that more players can score other than Lewandowski. They have a loaded arsenal and played without mercy, like the German National Team in 2014. If Manchester City beats Lyon tomorrow as expected, they should be terrified of their next challenge.
As for Barcelona, this is absolutely humiliating. Barcelona has reached the UCL quarterfinals the last 18 years and this is the worst they have looked during that span. This is the first time since 1949 they have conceded seven goals in a match. Lionel Messi can no longer carry this club as their issues were completely exposed.
Barcelona’s front office decisions have been terrible in the last few years, constantly overpaying for players that achieve nothing with the club. Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho were bought for over 100 million euros in the last couple years and none of them started for Barcelona. Coutinho ironically scored AGAINST Barcelona as he could not find success at his parent club. They have no passion or chemistry and their future looks bad with very few young players to build a future around. Real Madrid is doing a much better job of developing youth than Barcelona and its starting to show. Barcelona’s reign of terror is over.
Bayern will face the winner of Manchester City-Lyon in Wednesday’s semifinal.