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Robert Lewandowski double helps Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona in Champions League

Robert Lewandowski double helps Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona in Champions League | Soccer Information

Two objectives from Robert Lewandowski and one from Thomas Mueller propelled Bayern Munich to a 3-0 win at Barcelona of their opening Champions League recreation on Tuesday (September 14) in one other brutal demonstration of the gulf in school between the 2 sides. Mueller gave Bayern the lead within the thirty fourth minute of the Group E conflict with a strike from exterior the realm which deflected off Barca defender Eric Garcia to confound goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Lewandowski struck the German champions’ second within the 54th, tapping into the web from shut vary on the rebound after Jamal Musiala had hit the submit as Bayern made a rampant begin following the interval, hemming their hosts into their very own half. The Polish striker twisted the knife additional into Barcelona by scoring once more within the eighty fifth, amassing the ball within the space after one other shot had come again off the submit and tormenting the defence earlier than calmly beating Ter Stegen.
The scoreline was not fairly as damning for Barca because the 8-2 drubbing Bayern gave them within the quarter-finals two seasons in the past however the efficiency was simply as hopeless as they have been routinely dispossessed and struggled to deal with the guests’ depth. “I can’t complain in regards to the group’s angle however there`s an enormous distinction in high quality between the 2 groups,” stated Barca coach Ronald Koeman.
“They’re a group that has been taking part in collectively for a very long time they usually have been even stronger once they introduced gamers off the bench. We’ve got quite a lot of younger gamers who will get higher within the subsequent two or three years. It’s very troublesome to just accept however I hope issues enhance as soon as we get gamers again from harm.”
Whereas Barca despaired at their inferiority, Bayern revelled in one other dominant efficiency towards the Catalans, who in addition they hammered 3-0 on the Camp Nou within the 2013 semi-finals.
Most successive away video games and not using a defeat:
19 Bayern: 31/10/2017 – 14/09/2021
16 Manchester United: 19/09/2007 – 16/02/2010
14 Ajax: 28/09/1994 – 19/03/1997#UCL
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 14, 2021
“It’s quite a lot of enjoyable taking part in right here, the boys loved it,” Mueller stated.
“Once you win 3-0 right here, it’s a very essential sign. We’re actually happy. We gave little or no away on the again and going ahead, we may have scored one or two extra.”
Barca made a promising begin of their first Champions League recreation in entrance of supporters on the Camp Nou since December 2019, though whereas the gang was restricted to 40,000 as a result of coronavirus restrictions there have been fewer followers in attendance owing to a scarcity of urge for food for the post-Lionel Messi period.
However Bayern quickly confirmed their superiority and it took a powerful hand from Ter Stegen to forestall Leroy Sane giving the Germans the lead, whereas Gerard Pique needed to slide throughout the bottom to dam a goal-bound strike from Musiala.
Barcelona’s solely actual try on purpose within the first half got here from a free kick, defender Ronald Araujo assembly Memphis Depay’s cross and heading simply over the bar. Bayern lastly took the lead their play merited by way of Mueller, who scored twice within the 8-2 hammering of Barca in Lisbon and has now netted seven instances towards the Catalans in Europe’s prime competitors.
Loud boos may very well be heard at halftime however issues acquired extra determined for the hosts after the break and by the top of the sport Barca followers have been sarcastically applauding the group each time they managed to get well the ball, resigned to their destiny. Pique additionally had a tone of resignation as he mirrored on the defeat.
“We’re what we’re, I’m certain we’ll compete once more later within the season although it`s going to be a troublesome yr,” he stated. “General I believe the scoreline was a bit unfair however we can’t child ourselves, they have been much better than us.”
(with Reuters inputs)

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