Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3: Robert Lewandowski scores for 18th game in row as life without Messi looks bleak for Barca
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI scored in his 18th straight game as sorry Barcelona’s post-Lionel Messi European interval acquired off to a pitiful begin.
The fallen giants had not misplaced their opening group game since Faustino Asprilla’s hat-trick for Newcastle in 1997.
And with ex-Toon flop Luuk de Jong working by treacle up entrance, the Catalans have additional probability of re-signing Messi than touchdown their sixth Champions League title.
Thomas Muller’s first-half deflected shot was his forty ninth in the opponents and made it seven targets in six video video video games in the path of the Spaniards.
And Lewandowski’s brace continued his wonderful run, notching his mind-boggling twenty ninth purpose in these 18 video video video games.
It may, and may, have been additional with Ronald Koeman’s aspect mauled from begin to end – failing to muster a single shot heading in the proper path.
Starting their first Champions League promoting and advertising advertising marketing campaign without Messi since 2004, Barca have been out for revenge in their first assembly with Bayern Munich as a results of the notorious 8-2 mauling 13 months in the earlier.
But the Bavarian beasts quickly took worth of an alarmingly one-sided battle with Leroy Sane denied by a canny mixture of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s appropriate hand and face.
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Teenage sensation Jamal Musiala was subsequent nonetheless had his low effort heroically blocked by veteran Gerard Pique.
The reward lastly acquired proper right here 34 minutes in when Muller’s 25-yard shot took a depraved nick off Eric Garcia and unsuitable footed Ter Stegen.
Ter Stegen saved the hosts in it six minutes after the break with a sturdy appropriate foot to save lots of plenty of loads of from Sane.
But minutes later Lewandowski, 33, made it two, poking into an empty internet after Musiala’s rocket acquired proper right here as soon as extra off the publish.
And the Polish hit man was on the market late to smash into the very best nook after Serge Gnabry clattered the woodwork.
Reflecting on the tip consequence, Barca boss Koeman mentioned: “I can’t complain – Bayern confirmed they’ve a better crew.
“Of course we might have appreciated to compete better, nonetheless that is what now now we’ve got available on the market. We ought to be low cost.
“We have the squad now now we’ve got and truly youthful avid avid gamers, and in two or three years they will be superb.
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“But we have too few players from the highest level.”
Captain Pique added: “Now we’re who we’re. We are going to finish up competing, nonetheless will probably be a hard 12 months.
“We might not be favourites but it’s okay, look at Chelsea last season.”