One of the most awaited games of the Champions League happened yesterday, when Barcelona welcomed Bayern to the Camp Nou. The game didn’t go according to plan for the Blaugrana as Bayern stormed to a 3-0 victory to further solidify their intentions as one of the favourites.
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Once the game started, it looked like Bayern’s to lose as they rarely misplaced a pass and looked levels ahead of their opponents. Bayern’s defence was a highlight of the game not conceding a shot on goal and keeping dangerous player Memphis Depay out of the game. The first goal of the game came in the 34th minute from a deflected Thomas Muller long shot.
The second half continued how the game started with Bayern being more clinical and deadly in attack, whilst Barcelona lacked ideas. Bayern star striker Robert Lewandowski scored hid first UCL goal of the season from a rebound off the post. The game continued and whilst Barcelona grew into the game more when Philippe Coutinho and youngster Gavi were introduced they were still lackluster. Lewandowski doubled his tally in the 84th minute and at the same time killed off any chance of a Barcelona comeback.
This was the first time since 1997 that Barcelona have lost their opening game of the Champions League. The Catalan side at certain times look unrecognizable to the side we’ve all grown up to. Bayern will be happy with this result and will now look to safely qualify to the next round.