MUNICH, Germany — Second-half targets from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane spoiled Robert Lewandowski‘s return to Allianz Enviornment as Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League Group C motion.
It was an sad return to Bavaria for Lewandowski, who’s Bayern’s second-highest all-time scorer however left in the summertime after eight years to hitch the Catalan aspect.
The loss extends Barcelona’s tough run of leads to Munich. The Blaugrana have now didn’t win of their final seven visits to Bavaria, recording two attracts and 5 defeats.
1. Bayern dominate Barcelona as soon as once more
Bayern Munich prolonged their dominance over Barcelona with a 2-0 Champions League Group C victory within the Allianz Enviornment, recording their fifth straight win towards the LaLiga giants. Two targets within the area of 4 minutes within the second-half — a Lucas Hernandez header on 51 minutes adopted by Leroy Sane‘s solo purpose three minutes after — have been sufficient to seal the victory and transfer Bayern clear on the high of their group.
And the win means Bayern have now received by a margin of 19 targets to Barcelona’s 4 throughout their five-game streak, together with the notorious 8-2 quarterfinal victory in Lisbon in 2020. Barca additionally suffered two 3-0 defeats towards Julian Nagelsmann’s group final season. To compound Barcelona’s distress, Bayern have now scored 30 targets towards them within the Champions League, 9 greater than Paris Saint-Germain, the second-most prolific group towards the Spanish membership.
Though they created numerous first-half probabilities for Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona not often appeared like rising with a win in Germany they usually had no response to Bayern’s powerhouse begin to the second-half. Xavi’s group are nonetheless clearly rebuilding after the departure of Lionel Messi to PSG final 12 months they usually appeared a stage under Bayern who as soon as once more inflicted a humbling defeat on the five-time Champions League winners.
2. Lewandowski’s powerful night time in Bayern return
Bayern’s second-most prolific scorer did not have to attend lengthy for his first recreation again after his summer time departure, however he endured a irritating night time towards his previous group. The Poland ahead, one of many world’s nice gamers throughout the previous decade, merely could not discover his capturing boots, regardless of being given a collection of probabilities to attain.
Had he been capable of end in his normal medical vogue, Lewandowski would have silenced the Allianz Enviornment with a hat-trick even earlier than halftime. However Lewandowski’s radar was approach off and he didn’t take any of his alternatives. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer denied him with a reflex save from a twentieth minute header, however Lewandowski ought to have scored moments earlier when he shot over the bar from ten yards after being teed up by Gavi.
Some last-ditch challenges by Dayot Upamecano and Noussair Mazraoui additionally denied Lewandowski when he had sight of purpose, however it was simply a kind of nights when nothing went proper for the 34-year-old.
There was one good side of the night, although. When he emerged for the pre-match warm-up, Lewandowski was given a rousing reception by the house followers. No boos or jeers, simply respect for his contribution to Bayern’s success — however that is all he left with.
3. Barcelona, Inter Milan now locked to complete second
Barcelona thought, or hoped, that their transient style of the Europa League after failing to qualify from their Champions League group final season was nothing greater than a one-off, however they might be dealing with a repeat this time round Tuesday’s defeat.
There’s clearly no disgrace in being crushed by the perennial Bundesliga champions, however with Bayern now clear on the high of Group C with two wins from two video games, second place is shaping as much as be a straight combat between Barca and Internazionale.
Each of the European heavyweights have misplaced to Bayern however crushed Viktoria Plzen, so now it’s going to all come all the way down to who does greatest after they meet in back-to-back matchdays on Oct. 4 and 12. And with Inter internet hosting the primary recreation within the San Siro subsequent month, Barca know that they can’t afford one other defeat on the street after they journey to Italy.
Bayern, Barca and Inter are more likely to take most factors towards Czech champions Plzen. So it is all on the road between Barca and Inter. Benfica have been capable of beat Barca to second spot within the group final season, however Inter are a stronger group. The Catalans are nonetheless in transition below Xavi, so the percentages favour the Nerrazzurri.
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer 7; Benjamin Pavard 6, Dayot Upamecano 7, Lucas Hernandez 7, Alphonso Davies 8; Kimmich 6, Marcel Sabitzer 6, Thomas Muller 7; Leroy Sane 7, Jamal Musiala Musiala 6, Sadio Mane 6.
Subs: Noussair Mazraoui 6, Leon Goretzka 8, Serge Gnabry 6, Mathys Tel 6, Ryan Gravenberch 6.
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 7; Jules Kounde 5, Ronaldo Araujo 6, Andreas Christensen 6, Marcos Alonso 5; Sergio Busquets 5, Pedri 6, Gavi 6; Raphinha 6, Ousmane Dembele 6, Robert Lewandowski 6.
Subs: Ferran Torres 6, Frenkie de Jong 6, Ansu Fati 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich.
The Germany midfielder was solely launched as a halftime substitute, however he modified the sport for Bayern by including energy and journey to the house group’s midfield. Goretzka’s long-range shot, nicely saved by Marc Andre Ter Stegen, led on to the nook from which Lucas Hernandez scored Bayern’s opener.
WORST: Marcos Alonso, Barcelona.
The Barcelona defender was given a torrid time by Bayern’s Leroy Sane and appeared like any individual who was wishing he had remained at Chelsea for a quiet life on the substitutes’ bench. Alonso has by no means been fast, so it was a mismatch from the beginning towards Sane.
Highlights and notable moments
No boos, simply applause, for Robert Lewandowski on his return to Bayern with Barcelona pic.twitter.com/t2K0sscKrD
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) September 13, 2022
Bayern Munich followers have unveiled a banner protesting towards the affect of Queen Elizabeth II’s demise on soccer fixtures.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 13, 2022
After the match: What the managers, gamers mentioned
“This consequence does not inform the true story. Our first half show merited far more than 0-0 at half time. However in fact if you happen to fail to place probabilities away towards a giant rival like Bayern you will find yourself paying.” — Barcelona’s Pedri
Key Stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)
– Bayern Munich have scored 30 targets towards Barcelona within the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain are in second, having scored 21 towards the Catalans.
– Bayern have outscored Barcelona 19-4 of their final 5 Champions League clashes. It’s much more lopsided within the second half, with the Bavarian aspect have a 11-1 benefit in these matches.
– Bayern is the one group Barcelona have performed at the least 3 times on the street within the Champions League and never walked out with a victory. It’s now seven matches with no win.
Bayern Munich: Again in motion within the Bundesliga the place they’re going to look to interrupt a stretch of three consecutive attracts towards FC Augsburg on Saturday. Then the worldwide break adopted by a return to league motion towards Bayer Leverkusen on Sept. 30. Their subsequent Champions League match might be on Oct. 4 at Viktoria Plzen.
Barcelona: Not less than they continue to be undefeated in LaLiga. The Catalans will look to shake off Tuesday’s loss towards Elche at Camp Nou on Saturday. A visit to Mallorca on Sept. 1 following the worldwide break after which a troublesome Champions League match at Inter Milan on Oct. 4.