It will go down as one of the most astonishing nights in the history of European football, after Bayern Munich inflicted a humiliating 8-2 Champions League hammering on fellow five-time winners Barcelona.
Even after a David Alaba own goal cancelled out Thomas Muller’s opener in the first seven minutes, Barca were soon heading towards their biggest European humiliation with only around half-an-hour played.
Goals from Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and another from Muller put Bayern 4-1 up with just 31 minutes on the clock and it only got worse for the Spanish outfit after the break despite bringing Antoine Griezmann coming on.
Luis Suarez pulled a goal back, only for Josh Kimmich to go straight up the other end and restore the three-goal advantage following wonderful work form young full-back Alphonso Davies.
Much worse was to come for Barca though, as their playmaker Philippe Coutinho, on loan at Bayern, came on to assist a Robert Lewandowski effort before scoring twice himself in the final few minutes to complete a scarcely believable 8-2 scoreline.
Follow all the action as it happened on a crazy night at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, as well as all the post-match stats and reaction.
So… who had their money on Bayern Munich winning 8-2? It’s been (another) astonishing night in the Champions League and we go again tomorrow when Manchester City take on Lyon.
Thank you for following this evening, it’s been bonkers but this is why we love the game. Cheerio.
That’s how we doooo. Semi-finals bound!! pic.twitter.com/kFQiQClQSy
‘Muller deserves Man of the Match award, he was the one who controlled our pressing, but ultimately I have to pay compliments to my whole team for keeping up that intensity for 90 minutes,’ Hans-Dieter Flick told Sky Germany.
‘We knew that if we put them under pressure, we would get chances. We have such quality and intensity in this team, now we need to recharge and focus on the next game, where we start again from zero.’
More to come on this developing story which you can follow below but we wouldn’t be too surprised to see him go would we.
His predecessor Ernesto Valverde was dismissed earlier in the season despite being top of LaLiga and guiding the Spanish side in to the last-16 of the Champions League. It’s not really got much better since.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu (below) post-match said: ‘Some decisions were already taken, and others will be taken as a result of this. From next week they’ll be worked through. Right now isn’t the time to make knee-jerk decisions, it’s time to think.’
Quite cryptic stuff, but I wouldn’t like to be manager Setien right this second…
0 – 2019-20 will be the first Champions League edition since 2006-07 without a spanish team in the semi-finals and just the third time in the 21st Century. Adios.#UCL pic.twitter.com/daE3qSNDuJ
Unbelievable – what a game!! #FCBFCB #UCL #DerTraumLebt pic.twitter.com/zXvaJ1PZin
Bayern Munich were having a shot every three minutes near enough… THREE!
To think Quique Setien lined up with a conservative formation designed to stifle a little of Bayern’s creativity too. Time to dump that plan in the bin – or the shredder.
‘I think they’re shot – their recruitment before has been shoddy,’ he told BT Sport.
They still rely on the players who were there before. They were the creators of their own problems. Ter Stegen who has been so good this season has been so sloppy – where is the manager shouting from the sidelines?
‘Average age is nearly 30 and that’s crazy. What is Messi thinking going home tonight? Does he want to spend his time left in that shirt given the performances of other teams around Europe. Has he got the time to sit there and wait? His next 2 years – is he going to want to be not competing for the big titles?
‘It’s a massive job – there’ll be someone cleaning his desk right now (Setien) but I think it was a poison chalice before he got it. Who goes there now? Xavi? The game changes. We’ve had that era of the tippy tappy football is over and now it’s the energy, fitness and ability to play. You need that with the ability to play.’
“Another big question, what is Messi thinking?”
“Has he got the time to sit and wait?”
It’s hard to imagine, but is it time for Lionel Messi to leave [email protected], @rioferdy5 and Owen Hargeaves look at a tricky situation for all involved 👀#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/CdPTUGnZLv
8 – Robert Lewandowski is the first player in Bayern Munich history to score in eight consecutive games in major European competition, overtaking Jürgen Klinsmann’s seven-game run ending in 1996. Machine. #UCL pic.twitter.com/OradNtVk7a
50 – Robert Lewandowski has scored his 50th Champions League goal for Bayern Munich in his 60th appearance for them in the competition – only Cristiano Ronaldo has reached this total in fewer games for a single side (50 apps for Real Madrid). Esteem. #UCL pic.twitter.com/69rfFJaZwt
Make sure you check out the match report from our chief sports writer MARTIN SAMUEL as he brilliantly sums up the attacking masterclass of Bayern and the utter shambolic defending from Barca…
I’m sure there may have been a few collective gulps form both the Manchester City and Lyon camps after that Bayern Munich destruction.
The winner of their quarter-final tomorrow is next to be fed to the Bayern lions in the semi-finals.
PSG will take on RB Leipzig in the other semi-final.
…and it will be the first time it has featured neither since 2005. To put that into perspective that was still weeks before THAT night in Istanbul for Liverpool.
…although given the magnitude of this defeat, probably their worst night ever. I believe it is the first time they have concded eight since 1949. Not certain on that though.
-6 – Barcelona lost a match by six goals for the first time since April 1951, when they were beaten 6-0 by Espanyol in a league match. Wipeout. #UCL pic.twitter.com/8mZ8tFy3X2
‘It’s uncalled for what he’s just done there – it shouldn’t be allowed, he said on BT Sport.
‘It’s embarrassing if I’m Semedo I’d come off Instagram for a little while. He’s the best attacking full-back on the planet at the minute. He was amazing today. That’s full-back setting up full-back to score – it’s expansive open football.’
Let’s take a look at it again…
“He’s just turned Nelson Semedo inside out! An experienced right-back… Whoops!”
Wow, Alphonso Davies is just so difficult to stop 🔥
A magnificent assist from Bayern’s rising star at left-back 🙌#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/NCbOrOyaJS
He said post-match: ‘[It was]Really painful. Huge frustration. Barça is such a big club. This does damage and something will change for sure.
‘It’s too early to think if I’ll continue or not, that doesn’t depend on me, there’ll be reflection given the importance for Barça of such a humiliating defeat.’
Well, even accounting for his second half strike (and a damn good one it was), it did not get much better for the veteran Uruguay striker…
The Barcelona defender said post match: ‘Horrible game, dreadful feeling…shameful. It’s very hard. The club needs changes and I’m not talking about coach and players. Structurally we need changes. We’ve hit rock bottom.’
‘It’s tough to explain, I think in this moment our team is in incredible shape. Right now – thank you for the MOTM trophy but I think we have 12 or 15 players more that deserve this trophy as well. We work so hard, we work this intensity – it’s tough for people to beat us.
‘We had so much fun today. For our style to play it doesn’t matter who the names of the players are, of course they have special players and we have to be even more aggressive. When somebody make a pressing and get dribbled, the next time has to come and there is a moment we catch the ball and we have so much talent.
‘We feel good, you can imagine we feel good after this result. It was very special. It’s a little bit special, this tournament is special. It is a big statement but I think the next semi-final starts with 0-0 – statement doesn’t matter.
‘I know the other teams watch our game – they can be impressed or not. We have to win the next game as well. We have to be calm, relaxed also a little bit happy – today we have to be very happy. Tomorrow when we answer messages on our phones from home we have to focus. We are not here to win the quarter-final or semi-finals, we are here to win the final. Most of the time after these big wins it’s more difficult so we have to be careful.’
“Thanks for man of the match, but 12 or 15 players deserved it!”
“It’s a big statement, but semi-final starts 0-0.”
Thomas Muller is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after a record-breaking performance vs Barca 🙌
🎙 @TheDesKelly#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/pSbwHgu1Eo
Not even Barcelona’s magic man could get them firing in attack. With no service from his midfield, the Argentine didn’t stand a chance.
‘Barcelona were absolutely butchered, steam-rollered, absolutely bullied,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
‘Played off the park as well. Barcelona couldn’t deal with it, they were relentless – the commitment from the players. For Barcelona, an embarrassing night.’
Let’s appreciate the German champions for a moment though. Surely big favourites for the competition now. They can’t damn stop scoring and are unbeaten in about 28 games now. I’ve lost count!
8 – Bayern Munich are the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match. Endless. #UCL
That is one the most astonishing Champions League matches I have ever seen. I have certainly never seen Barcelona embarrassed like that.
I will be amazed if manager Quique Setien manages to navigate these stormy waters coming his way in the next 24 hours.
Total and utter humiliation for Barcelona.
Bemusement on the faces of Barcelona players, Bayern’s stars in dreamland…
Full-time scenes in Lisbon as the German champions destroy Barca 8-2 🤯#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/ooIfHjVsEX
90+2min: Just the two minutes of stoppage time, which is taking mercy on Barca as Vidal is booked for a foul. Much like the entire 90 minutes he has hardly been anywhere near the ball.
89min: He’s done it again! Philippe Coutinho strolls into the box to collect a header knocked down into the mixer and grab his second goal of the night. This capitulation is astonishing. Lionel Messi looks absolutely furious.
87min: I promise you, I’m not making this up. Thought it could not get worse Barca fans. Philippe Coutinho has come on, played an assist and has now SCORED against his parent club he cannot get a kick for after firing home inside the box. No he doesn’t celebrate…
84min: Corentin Tolisso and Lucas Hernandez comes on for Bayern, replacing Goretzka and Davies.
82min: Bayern really are rubbing Barca’s noses in it now. Barca star Philippe Coutinho, on loan at Bayern, plays a low ball across goal and their to gobble up a goal that has taken far too long this evening is Robert Lewandowski. He has to wait for a VAR check for offside but the goal is given.
79min: Since Kimmich restored Bayern’s three-goal advantage, Barca have hardly had a worthwhile kick. This will go down as one of their most humiliating nights ever in Europe. They have been awful.
76min: Just to rub it in for Barcelona, Bayern send on Nou Camp on-loan playmaker Philippe Coutinho for Serge Gnabry while Niklas Sule comes on for Jerome Boateng.
71min: Ansu Fati is one for the Barcelona future but he is very much needed in the present as he replaces Sergio Busquets.
69min: Only a last ditch challenge prevents another cut-back for Coman resulting in a sixth Bayern goal.
Speaking of cut-backs, let’s take a look at that wonderful Davies work again for Bayern’s fifth.
“He’s just turned Nelson Semedo inside out! An experienced right-back… Whoops!”
Wow, Alphonso Davies is just so difficult to stop 🔥
A magnificent assist from Bayern’s rising star at left-back 🙌#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/NCbOrOyaJS
66min: Davies is now being treated for a head injury after a nasty clash with Semedo, as Bayern send on Kingsley Coman for Ivan Perisic.
63min: Magic from Alphonso Davies, what a star this lad is! On the wing from a standing start, he skips past Nelson Semedo along the byline, and also sees off the challenge from Gerard Pique before laying the ball back for Josh Kimmich to tap home. The celebrations though are with the Canadian who let’s face it did 90 per cent of the work.
60min: Bit of a scrappy second half on and off the field so far. Yellow cards are being dished out everywhere as Jordi Alba is booked for dissent after chucking the ball towards the referee, while Bayen Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is also booked for showing dissent on the bench.
57min: Hope and that is all it is right now for Barcelona. Luis Suarez‘s beautiful feint on the edge of the box sends the charging Jerome Boateng halfway downtown in Lisbon before he drills a top finish beyond Manuel Neuer.
Vintage Luis Suarez 🙌
The Uruguayan twists his way past Jerome Boateng and buries it in the corner!
His 198th goal for Barca 🔴🔵#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/4iJ8IlYgch
55min: Having spent much of the first half taking kick-off, Suarez has something else to do. Getting booked for a clip on Thiago Alcantara.
53min: Alphonso Davies picks up a yellow card following a foul on Arturo Vidal, but it’s Bayern who counter following the resulting free-kick. Robert Lewandowski has the ball in the net but it is instantly ruled out as Muller was well offside in the build up.
51min: Deary me. The Bayern chances are piling up as Josh Kimmich knocks the ball on for Leon Goretzka inside the box who under pressure can only steer the bouncing ball over the bar.
48min: Bayern come out all guns blazing as Thomas Muller lays the ball off for Ivan Perisic whose 20-yard shot is well saved by Marc-andre ter Stegen even if it was straight at him.
No surprises really. They had to. The more attack minded Antoine Griezmann comes on for Sergi Robero.
And here is his first half summed up in a heat map…
23 – Thomas Müller has now scored 23 goals in the Champions League knockout stages, the third-most of any player behind Cristiano Ronaldo (67) and Lionel Messi (47). Stage. #UCL pic.twitter.com/3p2GYY7tKe
4 – Barcelona have conceded four goals in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time. Destruction. #UCL pic.twitter.com/tQHXpzU739
The Bayern playmaker on loan from the Nou Camp is on the bench for the German champions this evening, and he was in full admiration of Muller’s goal which made it 4-1.
This. Is. Getting. Out. Of. Hand.
Bayern hit four goals in 30 minutes and Philippe Coutinho is enjoying the show from the bench 👀#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/b1vVokLL0L
They only need three goals to get back on level terms, but the way they are defending they are probably going to need seven goals in this next 45 minutes.
You will not see a worse defensive performance from a Barcelona team in a long time. They can’t track the Bayern attackers and can’t even keep the ball. It’s carnage from the Spanish side.
43min: Jerome Boateng is booked for bringing down Suarez on the halfway line, who moments later has a shot straight at Neuer that is well saved.
40min: Perisic, Gnabry and Muller all found the net, but Gnabry’s has been the best of the bunch so far.
Another brilliant Bayern goal 🙌
Serge Gnabry hammers home his 21st of the season but LOOK at that assist from Leon Goretzka 😍
37min: The amazing thing with the scoreline is that Robet Lewandowski has not scored yet! He goes close though, heading a cross straight at Ter Stegen.
34min: Some respite for Barca, shortly after Leon Goretzka drills just wide to miss out on making it 5-1. I don’t think I have seen such a high profile demolition job in the first half since Germany ripped Brazil apart in THAT 2014 World Cup semi-final.
31min: Look, Bayern are very good. Very, very good. But this is a shambles like nothing I have ever seen from Barcelona at the back. Josh Kimmich plays in a near post cross and there to gobble up with ease is Thomas Muller.
29min: Should be four! Barca again dozing at the back to give the ball away, but Robert Lewandowski from point blank range is denied by Ter Stegen.
28min: Bayern are toying with Barcelona now. It’s hardly fair. Thiago Alcantara plays a delightful flick over the Barcelona defence and from inside the box Serge Gnabry shrugs off a defender before drilling a low finish beyond a helpless Ter Stegen.
25min: Barca look very rocky at the back. Thiago Alcantara picks up a ball from Josh Kimmich before firing just off target. Moments later Barca just clear following a goalmouth scramble.
22min: This has been coming. Sergi Roberto gives the ball away and it allows Serge Gnabry to slip in Ivan Perisic on the overlap into the box. The Croatian drills a low shot across goal from a tight angle but Ter Stegen’s foot can only divert it into the roof of the net.
19min: And as Bayern continue to pressure, here is how Barca equalised in comical fashion in Lisbon.
Disastrous own-goal, yes, but what a finish… 👀
A rare mistake from David Alaba left Manuel Neuer helpless.#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/ZWkuO5e9hp
16min: We finally have a pattern developing in this match and it is Bayern who are starting to get on top as Leon Goretzka diverts a corner wide from the German side.
13min: The end-to-end action continues as Robert Lewandowski has a shot that falls off target. Maybe he should take shooting tips from Muller, who showed how it was done earlier.
Bayern Munich wasting no time 👊
Three minutes on the clock and Thomas Muller fires home after linking up with Lewandowski 🔴
10min: I’m not kidding we could already have had five goals in the first 10 minutes. Manuel Neuer makes a good save to deny Luis Suarez, while from the corner Lionel Messi has an effort that bounces off the post. The defences have gone AWOL.
7min: What on earth is David Alaba doing here? Now a low ball is played into the Bayern box but with a clumsy lunge towards his own goal can only loop the ball over a helpless Manuel Neuer for an instant Barcelona equaliser.
4min: What a start to this game! Now Bayern attack the flank and as a low ball finds Thomas Muller on the edge of the box, he plays a one-two with Robert Lewandowski before dispatching a cool finish beyong Marc-andre ter Stegen.
3min: Barcelona are in an unusual set-up of just sitting off their opponents in this early stage but they create the first dangerous moment of the tie.
Lionel Messi finds space to run into on the right but his ball into the centre is crucially cleared by Jerome Boateng with Luis Suarez ready to convert.
Here is a reminder of the team news and formations ahead of the game:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Messi, Suarez.
Subs: Rakitic, Dembele, Neto, Griezmann, Firpo, Pena, Puig, Fati, Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, Reis.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski.
Subs: Odriozola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Lucas, Tolisso, Ulreich, Coman, Zirkzee, Hoffmann, Musiala.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Lionel Messi and Co have also been warming up in Lisbon with kick-off now fewer than 10 minutes away.
113 – Thomas Müller is set to make his 113th Champions League appearance, now the outright most of any German player in the competition’s history. Presence. #UCL pic.twitter.com/wYfJ7Jljpu
And that includes Robert Lewandowski who has already bagged 13 goals in the Champions League this term. Manuel Neuer though has decided this is the perfect time for a lie down.
If Bayern do have a weakness this evening it could be having Boateng going up against Messi once more.
Back in 2015, Messi’s trickery left the Bayern defender in knots, leaving him tumbling to ground in a slapstick fashion like his shoelaces were tied together.
Rio Ferdinand has said on BT Sport this evening that: ‘It was illegal what he done, it shouldn’t be allowed. I’m glad I wasn’t playing when social media was around – I’d have had to delete Instagram, Twitter the lot.’
Read more on it here…
29 – The average age of Barcelona’s starting XI tonight is 29 years and 329 days, making it the oldest line-up they have ever named for a Champions League match. Know-how. #UCL
Alphonso Davies has been one of the breakout stars of the season for Bayern Munich and our man Nathan Salt’s produced this bio on the full-back who hopes to do the damage on going forward, as well as keeping Messi quiet at the back.
We’ve already had two dramatic Champions League quarter-finals this week with PSG and RB Leipzig leaving it late to extend their stays in Lisbon.
Those two will play each other in the next round, while tonight’s winner will play the team that comes out on top between Manchester City and Lyon tomorrow.
18 – Barcelona and Bayern Munich have both reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the 18th time (in 24 and 23 appearances respectively), more than any other sides. Giants. #UCL pic.twitter.com/08mPDeJLQg
There are two changes for Barcelona from their last-16 win over Napoli, with Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets coming in for Ivan Rakitic and Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern Munich are unchanged from the team that hammered Chelsea 4-1, and that includes Jerome Boateng in defence who had picked up a knock at the Allianz Arena.
Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Vidal, Sergi, Busquets, De Jong, Suarez, Messi.
🔴⚪ OUR STARTING XI 🔴⚪ #packmas #MissionLis6on #FCBFCB #UCL #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/sGSp1cJsad
Barcelona have confirmed that Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for Covid-19.
The news comes dollowing PCR tests conducted yesterday. According to Barca, the player is asymptomatic, is in good health and is isolating at home. More here
Those waiting fans have been rewarded with a glimpse of their stars including Lionel Messi (below) as Barca depart via bus for the Estadio da Luz.
Barcelona… underdogs? It’s just another chapter to the madness of 2020. But they have been written off before just over a decade ago with Lionel Messi in their ranks, and it didn’t stop them from going on to win the Champions League.
But many have gathered in Lisbon to send their support, at least to Barcelona, as they waited for the team bus to travel towards the Estadio da Luz from the team’s base.
Even now temperatures are around 24 degrees Celsius and the Estadio da Luz, where this quarter-final will be played, is looking magnificent under the summer sun.
Perhaps, but it does ensure that the Champions League semi-finals will at least feature a team in the final four who have previous when it comes to winning ol’ big ears.
So with what is arguably the tie of the round, welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona vs Bayern Munich.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich clash in one of the highlight ties of the Champions League quarter-finals as the European giants go head-to-head for a place in the final four.
Bayern Munich’s demolition of Chelsea in the last-16 makes them slight favourites heading into the tie at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz ground in Lisbon, but Barca can never be written off while they have Lionel Messi in their ranks.
Sportsmail will provide live UCL coverage of Barcelona vs Bayern including score, lineups and build-up for the 8pm BST kick-off.