Barcelona’s attempt to bring the Champions League back to Camp Nou after a five-year absence ended in humiliation on Friday, as Bayern Munich trounced them 8-2 in the quarter-final.
The match in Lisbon started poorly for the Catalans as Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead inside four minutes. Though a David Alaba own goal gave them hope, Barcelona were ultimately undone by the ruthless German champions.
Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, a brace from Philippe Coutinho and another goal from Muller would add further misery for Barca, who got a second-half goal from Luis Suarez that was a mere consolation.
The Bavarians will move on to face either Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-final while the Catalans will head back to Spain to lick their wounds and contemplate a season with no trophies.
There was plenty of reaction as Lionel Messi and Co. were humiliated in the Champions League last eight.
Luis Suarez finally ended his seemingly endless scoring drought in the Champions League, but it proved barely a consolation as Barcelona were utterly dismantled in Friday’s record-breaking 8-2 defeat for the Catalans.
The Uruguayan led the line for his team alongside Lionel Messi at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz as they took on Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Unfortunately for the Blaugrana, the highly anticipated tie quickly turned into a nightmare thanks to their own weaknesses in defence and Bayern’s brilliant forward play.
Thomas Muller fired the Bundesliga champions ahead after just three minutes and, while David Alaba’s own goal briefly levelled matters, Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry were on hand to restore Bayern’s supremacy before Muller hit again before the break.
Trailing 4-1 at half-time after a disastrous opening 45 minutes, Barca needed an early goal to keep their hopes alive.
And Suarez duly obliged with a fine finish before the hour to banish his Champions League woes.
But if Barca thought at that point the worst had passed, they were sorely mistaken.
Lewandowski hit a sixth for unstoppable Bayern before Philippe Coutinho added insult to injury with a late double against his parent club, sealing a final, humiliating scoreline of 8-2.
Yet another historic worst was thus recorded, with Barca conceding eight goals in a single match for the first time since 1946, when Sevilla inflicted an 8-0 thrashing on the Catalans in the Copa del Rey.
Bayern now advance to the semi finals of this rescheduled Champions League competition.
Which is being decided by a single match from the last eight onwards due to the postponement of the planned calendar during the coronavirus lockdown.
The semi will take place on August 19 against the winner of Manchester City’s encounter with Lyon on Saturday.