Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona result: Bayern turnaround sees old Champions League ghosts haunt Barca again in second half collapse
After the first 45 minutes, it was a wonder how Barcelona were not in front, with Robert Lewandowski and company feasting on the Bayern back line in his return to the Allianz Arena.
The Blaugrana had battered the hosts, with Bayern looking again off the pace after three straight Bundesliga draws. The only thing that was missing for Barcelona was the final product, and it felt like that eventually, things would fall their way.
Then halftime came and went, and a different Bayern team emerged from the tunnel, unrecognizable from the one that departed the Allianz Arena field at the break. Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane goals four minutes apart saw the hosts go in front before the hour mark, and Barcelona were yet again sunk by the German opposition which is quickly becoming Public Enemy No. 1 in Catalonia.
Barcelona fell yet again to Bayern Munich, a familiar result in European play, as the Germans yet again get the better of their Spanish opponents.
The Afritechzone followed the Bayern-Barcelona match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happened.
Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona final score
51st min — BAY — Lucas Hernandez
54th min — BAY — Leroy Sane
Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona post-match analysis
Barcelona again fail to shake Champions League nemesis
Barcelona came into this match in much better form than Bayern, and it felt like Xavi’s men were the favorites even on the road to a team that’s given them fits over the years. The first half saw Barcelona in complete control, and it appeared as if the Blaugrana were going to run away with the match if they could just produce a final ball to beat Manuel Neuer.
That never happened. Instead, their old bogey team reemerged.
For the fifth straight time and ninth over all across 14 all-time meetings, Bayern emerged victorious. It’s becoming more than just a fluky trend, as it instead feels as if Bayern are poking a Barcelona voodoo doll in the dressing room.
Nagelsmann may have found something in Hernandez-Upamecano pairing
Bayern Munich spent a fortune this summer on Dutch center-back Matthijs de Ligt, but his early struggles alongside Frenchman Dayot Upamecano have seen Bayern concede goals at terrible moments over the first few weeks of the season.
The Bayern boss instead turned to Lucas Hernandez for this massive Champions League tilt, leaving de Ligt on the bench. The end result made Nagelsmann look like a genius, as Hernandez was easily the Man of the Match for the Bavarians. After Bayern escaped to halftime unscathed, Hernandez produced a world-class second half, rendering Robert Lewandowski totally invisible and picking up a goal of his own on the other end.
Unfortunately, Hernandez was forced off injured in the final seconds of the match with what looked a painful groin problem, which could force de Ligt back to duty, but when the French defender returns, Nagelsmann should see him straight back into the side.
Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona live updates, highlights
FULL-TIME: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona
Behind an emphatic second half, Bayern Munich take control of Group C, a stunning last 45 minute performance full of grit and cutting edge.
Barcelona were soundly beaten after the break, following their run of big missed chances in the opening half, thwarted repeatedly by Manuel Neuer. The Blaugrana still cannot shake their old Champions League ghosts.
90+3 min: Lewandowski appears to be in after a bouncing ball drops at his feet in the penalty area, but Josh Kimmich arrives out of nowhere to clear the ball.
Lucas Hernandez is down with what looks to be a groin issue nearly the penalty flag, reaching for a tackle with Franck Kessie. Barcelona want him to get up quickly as not to time waste, and the Frenchman reacts angrily, saying he’s actually hurt. The replay shows as much, pulling up immediately after his stretch, a tough loss for Bayern moving forward after a big showing in today’s match.
86th min: Barcelona are throwing everything they have at Bayern Munich, and it’s not borne any kind of fruit. Ansu Fati is nearly in but his touch fails him, and Ferran Torres skids one wide. This second half has shown a different Bayern team than we’ve seen the last few weeks: pumped full of adrenaline and ready to slay a giant.
80th min: Leroy Sane is withdrawn, replaced by Ryan Gravenberch. Sane had a great match, but is clearly upset on the touchline and heads right down the tunnel. Could that just be frustration at being subbed off, or is he injured? Barcelona bring on Franck Kessie and Ansu Fati for the final 10 minutes.
60th min: Bayern are suddenly by far the better side, winning every single 50/50 ball in midfield and catching Barcelona players napping. Xavi wants to make a change to stem the flow of blood, and he has Frenkie de Jong and Ferran Torres to come on in place of Gavi and Raphinha.
What a difference a half makes. Gavi and Raphinha were arguably the two best Barcelona players, and they end up hauled off on 60 minutes with their side down 2-0.
54th min: GOAL! BAYERN! Bayern are buzzing since taking the lead, and it’s a quickfire double! It’s young Musiala to start the move, and Leroy Sane charges right through the heart of the Barcelona defense. He goes right by Jules Kounde who can’t keep up, and ter Stegen has no chance. What a resurgence from Bayern!
It’s a tragedy for Barcelona, who were by far the better side in the first half but failed to take advantage, and now find themselves two goals down and second-best in the match.
51st min: GOAL! BAYERN! On the ensuing corner, it’s the game’s first goal! Lucas Hernandez is wide open, let run free by Marcos Alonso who got lost amongst the trees. Far too easy for Bayern, just after halftime!
50th min: Chance, Bayern! Muller sets up new man Goretzka, who has a hit from a central area, and it’s saved very well by Marc-Andre ter Stegen his first time required.
48th min: The first Barcelona player booked is Sergio Busquets, and again it’s a bit soft, as he takes down Musiala. He offers a hand to help Musiala up, and it’s snubbed, without even as much as eye contact from the German youngster. Spicy!
45th min: Back under way for the second half. One change, as Bayern manager Nagelsmann swaps midfielders, bringing on Leon Goretzka for Marcel Sabitzer.
HALFTIME: Bayern Munich 0-0 Barcelona
It’s a wonder how this game remains scoreless after a highly entertaining first 45 minutes. Barcelona, especially, should be in front, as Robert Lewandowski missed a host of chances that you’d expect him to score, while Manuel Neuer was critical in keeping the visitors out.
As the half wore down, Bayern built into the match, but failed to produce any really high quality chances on net, with Sabitzer dragging their only good effort on net wide. Alphonso Davies is very lucky to get away with a no-call on the edge of the penalty area just before the halftime whistle.