Barcelona lost their opening Champions League match for the very first time in 23 seasons as a Thomas Muller strike and Robert Lewandowski’s brace made Bayern Munich a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
The hosts were seeking revenge following their 8-2 loss against the very same challengers in the 2019-20 quarter-finals, but Bayern proved far too strong when again in the Group E opener in between the two heavyweights.
Muller opened the scoring because humbling defeat for Barca 13 months earlier and did similarly in the first half at Camp Nou prior to Lewandowski’s simple surface gave Bayern breathing space early in the 2nd duration.
Lewandowski doubled his tally late on to seal a regular win that moves the German champions into leading area after the preliminary of fixtures, while Barca sit bottom after Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica played out a goalless draw.
February. That was the last time @lewy_official failed to score in a competitive game. In February.pic.twitter.com/ HX8L2sRSA8– FC Bayern English(@FCBayernEN)September 14, 2021 Sergi Roberto was one of 6 players in Barca’s line-up from the memorable previous clash between the sides and the wing-back blasted over a great chance in what was an intense start from the hosts. Bayern quickly began to get to
grips with the game and would have been ahead if not for Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s one-handed save to stay out an effective Leroy Sane drive. Barca counted on some desperate defending to keep them level, however Muller
found a method through after 34 minutes with a shot from outside the box that took a heavy deflection off Eric Garcia and left Ter Stegen wrong-footed. Ter Stegen was once again required
early in the second half to stay out a low Sane shot after the winger, who had actually established Muller’s goal, waltzed his method through as Bayern pushed for a second. That duly arrived after 56 minutes when Jamal Musiala’s shot cannoned back off the post and Lewandowski
was in the perfect position to prod the rebound into a vulnerable web utilizing the bottom of his boot. Bayern were eager to include a third and they did so five minutes from time through
Lewandowski, the prolific striker converting another rebound after Serge Gnabry this time rattled the post.