On a humiliating night in Portugal for Barcelona, Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match, while Barca conceded eight in a match for the first time since 1946.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring within five minutes for Bayern, before Austrian defender David Alaba sliced into his own net to level the score.
However, three goals in 10 first-half minutes helped the Bundesliga champion assert its dominance, with Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and Muller’s second stretching its lead before the break.
“It’s tough to explain. I think in this moment, our team is in an incredible shape,” Muller told BT Sport after the match.
“We work so hard, we work with this intensity, I think for everybody out there is tough to beat us. We had so much fun. For our style of players, it doesn’t matter about the names of players we are facing.
“Of course, they have special players and we have to be even more aggressive and even more able to bounce back again and again. We feel good after this match, this result. It was very special.”
The team to beat?
With the way Bayern finished the Bundesliga season following its restart — winning 18 successive games on its way to another title — and how it easily dispatched Chelsea in the previous round, the Bavarians are understandably many people’s favorites to win the tournament. .
But facing Lionel Messi and company on neutral ground, it wasn’t clear cut which of the two European behemoths would advance to the final four.
It was the Catalan side that had the game’s first chance as Sergi Roberto’s cross-pitch pass almost fell to Suarez only for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to get in the way.
And it was from that save that Bayern broke for the opening goal. Neat passes between Lewandowski and Muller finished with the German World Cup winner finishing into the bottom corner.
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