Bayern Munich made a grand statement in the Champions League as they hammered Barcelona 8-2 to book their semi-final place in remarkable fashion.
Lionel Messi and his team-mates were swept aside by the dominant Bundesliga champions in a chaotic first half, with Philippe Coutinho then coming on to deal further blows to his parent club in the closing stages.
Thomas Muller’s sublime strike got things started and, although David Alaba’s own goal drew Barca level, Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry had Bayern 3-1 up by the 27th minute.
Muller’s second piled further misery on Barca – who conceded four goals in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time – and while Luis Suarez responded after the break, Bayern had more to give.
Joshua Kimmich restored a three-goal cushion with a goal set up by the brilliance of Alphonso Davies, before Coutinho set up Robert Lewandowski and helped himself to a double within the space of seven minutes to compound the misery of the club that owns him.
GOAL! ⚽ @FCBarcelona 2-8 @FCBayernEN
Coutinho gets his 2nd against his parent club!
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Game over! Alphonso Davis with a surging run and a perfect assist for fellow fullback Josua Kimmich!
Bayern have been relentless! They go 4-1 up, as Thomas Muller scores his second of the night.
Goal! Serge Gnabry shows plenty of composure to latch onto the long-ball! Bayern go 3-1 up!
Goal! Thomas Muller opens the scoring with just four minutes on the clock. Not the start Barcelona wanted!
Leo Messi stepped up in the round of sixteen against Napoli… Can the little genius pull out the stops tonight?
115 goals in 142 games. Lionel Messi just loves the Champions League.
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Thomas Müller is set to make his 113th @ChampionsLeague appearance tonight – more than any other German player in the history of the competition 🇩🇪⭐ @esmuellert_ #FCBFCB #UCL pic.twitter.com/SVURa02fAN
Barcelona up next! Griezmann makes the bench, Leo Messi lines up alongside Luis Suarez. Pique and Lenglet pair up in central defence!
TEAM NEWS! First up, Bayern Munich! Robert Lewandowski starts (No surprise!) and Thomas Muller joins him in attack! Alphonso Davis will be a threat from left-back!
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This guy knows how to find the back of the net? Lewandowski is certain to start tonight!
🔴 Robert Lewandowski scored twice last time out to increase his 2019/20 UCL tally to 13 goals in 7 games…@FCBayernEN | #UCL pic.twitter.com/VMvE1vWjvT
So here we go! Lewandowski Vs Messi is going to be an interesting battle tonight, so will it be the free-scoring Polish hit-man or the Mercurial Argentinian who will be reaching the final four tonight?
Two of the deadliest strikers in Europe face off tonight! 🎯 ⚽
Who will be reaching the semi-finals?
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