Barca aka FC Barcelona
Futbol Club Barcelona, the only team to win the treble twice in history, is a Spanish club team which secured second place losing just by a point to archrivals Real Madrid. The 2019-20 season did go well for them only in terms of signings but other things were a bit of a disappointment. Things didn’t happen as expected since the sacking of their new coach Ernesto Valverde. But as one could expect, they were one of the top 2 teams in LaLiga and Europe despite these tough situations.
FC Bayern Munich
The German professional Football club, also one of the seven treble winners in the history of football, is on a goal-scoring run since the restart averaging around 3 goals per match. Their main striker Robert Lewandowski teaming up with Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller is a feast to the eye for every football fan. They continued their UCL run by sending off Chelsea with an aggregate of 7-1 in the Round of 16 since the restart.
Barca vs Bayern
This was easily one of the most awaited and almost the cup decider of this season. The stakes were high as expected and football fans all over the world sat in front of whatever source they had. The match started off with both sides showing their aggression and the first team to score was Bayern with Thomas Muller scoring just in the 4th minute of the game. Watch the highlights (India) here.
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Barca had to score the equalizer and they tried hard with Messi creating a chance for Suarez but a class defense from their Centreback stopped the opportunity. An unfortunate own goal from David Alaba in the 7th minute gave them their much-needed equalizer. At that moment no one would have expected that the match would end with such a result.
3 goals in 10 mins
Ivan Perisic once again made Bayern lead with an incredible goal at the 21st minute and 5 minutes later Gnabry who assisted Perisic for his goal, scored a stunner in the 27th minute and celebrated with his iconic stir-up celebration. The final goal of the first half was once again from Muller in the 31st minute taking their tally to 4 goals.
Barca started the half with a tactical move by bringing in Antoine Griezmann. The referee who was patient in the first half had lost his cool as both teams started to get aggressive. The first goal of this half came from none other than Suarez in the 57th minute and the stage was set for an epic comeback which was last seen from Barca against PSG on the 2017 UCL. But soon after, everything changed.
Bayern Fullbacks Alphonse Davies and Joshua Kimmich joined hands for an incredible goal with Davies showing off his skills to Semedo. The wonderkid Ansu Fati, who was out of action for a long time due to injury, was subbed in for Busquets for no use.
At the 82 minute mark, Rl9 found the net to score his 50th goal for Bayern. He has attained a legend stature at Bayern and proves everyone that he’ll win the European Golden Boot this season. What a season it has been for him!! The assist for this wonderful goal came from ex-Barca player Philippe Coutinho who was subbed in just a few minutes before.
FC Barcelona board loaned Coutinho, who hopped into the squad to accomplish his dream of winning the UCL, to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 season. Already Barca were trailing 6-2 and the bitter farewell for them came from none other than the loanee. Coutinho scored a brace but never celebrated it since it was against his mother club and the tally went on to 8, humiliating the Barca captain (as he was seen worried throughout the match).
Insights of this clash
- Bayern became the first team in UCL history to score 8 goals in a knockout match since Real Madrid in the 1990-91 season.
- Also, they became the second team to enter the UCL semis for 12 or more times with Real Madrid leading with a record 13 times.
- Barcelona lost a match by six goals for the first time since 1951.
- Bayern have a chance to make this a treble and join Barcelona as the two time treble winners.