Barcelona came into the game with revenge on their mind, having lost each of their previous four meetings with Bayern Munich. They had momentum heading into the encounter, having won five of their six matches in all competitions this season.
Xavi made some interesting selections for the game, handing starts to ex-Chelsea duo Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso. The Barça head coach also recalled his heavy hitters like Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Pedri after benching them against Cadiz.
Barcelona were easily the better team in the opening exchanges and should have taken the lead well before the halfway mark in the first half. But Manuel Neuer made two good saves to deny Pedri and Lewandowski, while the latter also missed a great chance in between.
Bayern did not create much of note, with a tame effort from Noussair Mazraoui being their only effort on target. Lewandowski had another great opportunity to put Barça ahead but his shot was blocked while Dembele had a penalty claim waved off as halftime arrived.
Raphinha sent a strike inches wide seconds after the restart. Bayern Munich substitute Leon Goretzka forced a top save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen minutes later. And from the resulting corner, Bayern Munich broke the deadlock through Lucas Hernandez in the 50th minute.
Buoyed by the opener, the Bavarians kept coming at their hosts and Leroy Sane made it 2-0 with a fine individual effort four minutes later. Pedri came close to pulling a goal back but his chip over Neuer hit the outside of the post.
In the end, it was the case of Barcelona ruing the missed opportunities in the first half as Bayern displayed their clinical nature soon after the break to pick up a fifth win in a row against the Blaugrana.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 5
Easy save from Mazraoui’s effort in the first half and then made a fine stop to deny Goretzka. Caught in no man’s land for the goal as he did not come out completely nor stayed on his line.
Jules Kounde: 6.5
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Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2022-09-13 20:52:05
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