UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich humbles impressive Barcelona in Germany
Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the season has come to an end thanks to a painful 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in their second Champions League group stage match.
Barça were the better team for most of the night and should have gotten a lot more from the game, but a nightmare five-minute sequence in the second half led to a defeat they definitely didn’t deserve.
Bayern dominated the first five minutes of the game to such a degree that Barça fans were surely worried. The home team pressed high up the pitch and suffocated the Blaugrana with their intensity going forward, but they didn’t create a real chance and the visitors survived the expected early storm.
The Catalans had four big moments that could have easily led to a goal: one was a shot from Pedri saved by Manuel Neuer, two came from Lewandowski with a volley that went just over the bar and a header inside the six-yard area that hit Neuer in the face, and Raphinha fired agonizingly wide from outside the box.
Bayern had to resort to defending deep inside their half and trying to score on the counter, and their best chance came on a shot from Marcel Sabitzer that went just wide, but the home team didn’t truly threaten the Barça goal and were very lucky not to concede just before halftime when Alphonso Davies pushed Ousmane Dembélé inside the box.
Bayern were on the ropes at halftime but they quickly showed their strength in the early minutes of the second half.
Substitute Leon Goretzka forced a big save from Marc-André ter Stegen and won Bayern a corner, which Joshua Kimmich took and found Lucas Hernández who was all alone at the near post after getting away from Marcos Alonso to head home the opener.
Scoring against the run of play was all Bayern needed to rediscover their most devastating version, and they quickly doubled the lead when Leroy Sané ran through the entire Barça defense and passed the ball into the net.
The final whistle came to end Barça’s unbeaten start to the season, and it is really disappointing loss especially because of how well the team played.