FC Bayern Munich also won the fifth game of this Champions League season. Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team won 3-0 (2-0) at FC Barcelona, which had already been eliminated, and thus secured early victory in the group.
- The goals were scored by Sadio Mané (10′), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (31′) and Benjamin Pavard (90’+5′).
- FC Barcelona’s group exit was already sealed in advance because Inter Milan won against Viktoria Pilsen. Here’s the news.
- Record streak extended: With the 3-0 win, FC Bayern is unbeaten in 33 group games. It was also the twelfth group win in a row.
- The goal was Choupo-Moting’s first in four straight games in his career.
- Robert Lewandoski, on the other hand, failed to score in either game against his former club.
- Thomas Müller came on as a substitute in the second half (63rd) and celebrated his comeback after recovering from a gastrointestinal infection.
- Julian Nagelsmann explained the recipe for victory after the game. Here’s the news.
- Here you can read the game in the live ticker.
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern: The analysis
At Bayern, Mazraoui was surprisingly given preference to Pavard on the right back. In addition, as expected, Mané was rotated back into the starting XI after Coman had started 2-0 at TSG Hoffenheim. As against Villarreal, Xavi relied on the trained left-back Alonso in central defence. Kessié started for the ailing “Golden Boy” Gavi.
Barça ran high from Munich and in the usual 4-3-3 with Pedri on the left wing, they wanted to control when they had the ball. But when the Nagelsmann-Elf freed itself from behind, it usually went quickly in the direction of the opposing goal. This was also the case when it was 1-0, when Gnabry overturned the home side’s defense with a diagonal pass and Mané completed it coldly (10th).
The Catalans didn’t change their game plan (more possession than Bayern), but didn’t get a shot on target against the attentive FCB defence. Instead, Choupo-Moting increased to 2:0 – thanks again to a good switching game. Bayern should have made the preliminary decision just before the break (43′).
Although Xavi made an offensive change, Barça only became slightly more dangerous after the change of sides. Bayern meanwhile shifted down a gear, but still made it 3-0 in injury time.
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern: The line-ups
Barcelona: ter Stegen – Bellerín, Koundé (67th Garcia), Alonso, Balde – de Jong, Busquets (58th Torres), Kessié – Dembélé (67th Fati), Lewandowski (82nd Torre), Pedri (58th Raphinha)
Bavaria: Ulreich – Mazraoui (Stanisic 79), Upamecano (Pavard 63), de Ligt, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka (Sabitzer 46) – Gnabry, Musiala (Gravenberch 67), Mané – Choupo-Moting (Müller 63)
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern: The data of the match
Gates: 0-1 Mané (10′), 0-2 Choupo-Moting (31′), 0-3 Pavard (90’+5′)
The star of the game: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern)
The next good appearance of the national player! Sensational pass to Mané before 1-0, just as strong pass at 2-0. Confirmed his form curve and was almost impossible to grasp for Barça. At the offside goal as once Robben in the same place. He also prepared the 3:0.
The flop of the match: Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona)
Already after two minutes against Mané with a dangerous loss of possession. Not up to par with both goals. Also won only one of his eight duels. At 0: 3 no longer on the pitch. Also weak: Héctor Bellerín and the pale Robert Lewandowski.
The Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Remained true to his style and rarely interrupted the game. When the whistle blew, it was also appropriate – as for example with the warnings for Mazraoui (16th) and Goretzka (23rd). Despite some tough duels, he didn’t pull out the yellow card on every occasion. Probably right not to decide on a penalty in the tricky scene between Lewandowski and de Ligt after viewing the TV pictures (44th). Not an easy evening for the referee.