Bayern Munich comfortably swept past Barcelona to a 3-0 Champions League victory on Wednesday night, which knocked the visiting Catalans out of the competition.
During the winter conditions at an empty Allianz Arena, Barcelona managed to compete with Bayern in the first half hour. Keeping the Bavarians to just one shot – a blocked free kick – the carpenters open the best chance for the initial exchanges. However, Ousmane Dembele appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie.
However, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. Robert Lewandowski cut through Barcelona’s attempt to press and played with Gerard Pique in the penalty area before picking out Thomas Muller and pinching his neck to skillfully steer a nod across the line, despite Ronald Araujo’s best attempt.
With Benfica already leading Dynamo Kiev with two goals in the second group E-match, Barcelona, visibly emptied by Bayern’s opener, needed a win to move on.
Instead, Leroy Sane doubled Bayern’s advantage with a long-range effort that swung through a shaky Marc-Andre ter Stegen as the first half drew to a close.
Alphonso Davies injected a characteristic force in a competition that had ended just after an hour. FC Bayern’s Roadrunner jumped past a flat-footed Araujo and snapped a cut to Jamal Musiala who put in the match’s third goal.
Bayern jogged their way through much of an eerily passive second half as Barcelona struggled to put a glove on their dominant hosts. Sane wasted a couple of clear chances on both sides of Musiala’s third but Bayern’s victory was enough to make Barcelona crash out of the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2000/01 campaign.
Manuel Neuer celebrates Bayern Munich’s dominant performance against Barcelona / Alexander Hassenstein / GettyImages
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 7/10 – Eager as usual to be involved in the game, Neuer crystallized the ease that Bayern enjoyed playing from the back when he tried to play a one with his center back in his own box.
Benjamin Pavard (RB) – 5/10 – The Bavarian World Cup winner, who was beaten by Dembele on one or two occasions, had his teammates there to save him.
Dayot Upamecano (CB) – 8/10 – The most difficult moment that Bayern’s peaceful midfielder faced all night was helping the referee with his communication device – he even did it pretty quickly in the name of justice.
Niklas Sule (CB) – 7/10 – The little Bavarian manberg had to do, he accomplished with a little hassle.
Alphonso Davies (LB) – 8/10 – He quickly determined that he beat Sergino Dest at each end of the field – and everyone else in yellow for that matter.
He just loves to play Barcelona! ? @EsMuellerT_ ❤️ # UCL pic.twitter.com/Yd6x0b38fa
– Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_SV) December 8, 2021
Corentin Tolisso (CM) – 7/10 – Crossed through a comfortable midfield display before being pulled back for a half-hour rest.
Jamal Musiala (CM) – 7/10 – At his slippery best, Musiala’s mature performance was rewarded with his second Champions League goal ever.
Thomas Muller (AM) – 8/10 – Relentless from the start, there is obviously no room for “dead rubber” in the large vocabulary of “Radio Mullers” ongoing comments.
Here comes the boom ??
♦ ️ #FCBFCB 2-0 ♦ ️ pic.twitter.com/6FmW15ZGWZ
– FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 8, 2021
Kingsley Coman (RW) – 7/10 – Breezed beyond that opponent who was unlucky enough to (albeit temporarily) line up in his path.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 7/10 – Important in Bayern’s introduction, a player with more goals himself than the entire Barcelona team this season did not contribute to that figure.
Leroy Sane (LW) – 8/10 – The most admirable aspect of Sane’s performance caused all sorts of problems while hovering on the pitch, was when he sprinted back to repel Dembele from the ball as he approached Bayern’s box.
Marc Roca (CM) – 6/10 – Will have greatly enjoyed the procession over Barcelona as a former Espanyol man.
Bouna Sarr (RW) – 5/10
Omar Richards (LB) – 6/10
Malik Tillman (ST) – N / A
Tanguy Nianzou (CB) – N / A
Marc-Andre ter Stegen unhappily walks away at Bayern’s second goal / Alexander Hassenstein / GettyImages
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 3/10 – Will be mightily disappointed with his flap only vaguely in the direction of Sane’s long guard.
Ronald Araujo (RB) – 4/10 – Not the first, and certainly not the last, player to be beaten by Davies all along.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 3/10 – After outlining the way to neutralize Lewandowski was by “keeping him out of our territory”, Pique was led on a happy dance by the productive pole in Barcelona’s box.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 3/10 – Stood unhappily flat-footed and looked lame as Muller steamed in to make Bayern’s more open as he and Oscar Mingueza left Lewandowski’s posts for each other.
Jordi Alba (LB) – N / A – Hesitant to enter the competition, Alba was left to mow the frosty lawn in frustration after feeling his right hamstring during the initial half hour.
In anticipation of a miracle … pic.twitter.com/pbkyRGvxjG
– 90 min (@ 90min_Football) December 8, 2021
Gavi (CM) – 5/10 – Gavi ran across the pitch with an extra snap in his attempts to win back the ball possession, and he rarely came close to the ball.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 4/10 – On his 650th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions, Busquets will not look kindly back on this night which was a landmark for all the wrong reasons.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 3/10 – Repeatedly bypassed by the red blur that flooded on either side of him.
Ousmane Dembele (right) up against second World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard / Alexander Hassenstein / GettyImages
Sergino Dest (RW) – 4/10 – Dest was commissioned to drop on the outside of Araujo to make a five when Barcelona do not have the ball, Dest ran more comfortably on Davies instead of lagging in his wake and go the other way. Hooked at half time.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 5/10 – Often a target for head-high clips on the halfway line, Depay understandably struggled in a role that does not play much to the strengths of a player at the same height as Pedri.
Ousmane Dembele (LW) – 6/10 – Barcelona’s brightest spark flickered for just a moment.
Oscar Mingueza (LB) – 3/10 – Terrified, he pressed a heavy touch directly to Coman – who broke past him – as his first interference was the sign of things to come on a difficult, surprising introduction.
Nico Gonzalez (CM) – 5/10 – Struggled to exert any real influence on the procedure.
Riqui Puig (CM) – N / A
Philippe Coutinho (LW) – N / A
Yusuf Demir (RW) – N / A
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