It was a night to forget for Tito Vilanova’s Barcelona side as they were humiliated by Bayern at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0
This game had all the ingredients to be a close fought Champions League semi-final, and heading into the first leg in München expectations were riding high for both teams.
Jupp Heyncke’s newly-crowned Bundesliga champions set about proving that this would not be the balanced encounter many thought, as they set about dismantling their Catalan opponents in breathtaking fashion.
Thomas Müller got the first for the Bavarians inside 25 minutes, heading home from close range after Arjen Robben’s cross was knocked back across goal by Dante.
Mario Gomez doubled the lead minutes after the break in similar fashion; this time it was Müller who nodded the ball back across goal resulting in a point-blank chance that the Besiktas man gladly accepted. It did appear though that Gomez was in an offside position.
Robben produced a bit of individual brilliance in the 73rd minute when he jinked around Jordi Alba on the right wing before cutting in and slotting past Victor Valdes. Again there was controversy, as Alba felt he had been bodychecked by Müller, but Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai was unmoved.
David Alaba provided Müller with the easiest of chances to add the fourth, crossing from the near the byline to allow his teammate to poke home and complete the humiliation.
Sky Sports described the events.
“Bayern Munich have one foot firmly in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley after demolishing a below-par Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their semi-final showdown at the Allianz Arena.”
The BBC revealed just how ominous the signs were for Barca.
“This was Barca’s worst defeat in Europe since they were beaten by the same scoreline by Dynamo Kiev in 1997, and no team has lost the first leg of a European Cup tie by four or more goals and progressed to the next round.”
Bayern: Neuer, Dante, Boateng, Lahm, Ribery, Martinez, Robben, Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Gomez. Substitutes: Starke, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Shaqiri, Dias, Tymoschuk, Pizarro
Goals: Müller 25, Gomez 49, Robben 73, Müller 82.
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Sanchez, Messi, Pedro. Substitutes: Pinto, Montoya, Abidal, Fabregas, Thiago, Song, Villa.
What they said
It was somewhat of a humiliation for Barca, who were looking to go on and win their fifth Champions League, though assistant manager Jordi Roura insisted they will not give up.
He said: “We have to compete in the second leg and try to win. We will give it our all. We lacked the freshness to compete with them which is something we have to look at.”