Barcelona have the chance to get revenge Bayern Munich when the two teams are in their Champions League The group stage kicked off at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening (8:00 p.m. CEST) after the humiliating 8-2 defeat of the Catalans to the German team in the 2019/20 quarter-finals. In this live blog we cover the setup of the game and then the game itself.
FULL TIME: Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich – 0-3
Our Barcelona versus Bayern Munich Live blog starts here, building up from Camp Nou and then up-to-the-minute updates after the ball starts rolling. As always, the closest entries are the most recent.
A comfortable win for Bayern Munich who made Barcelona easy at Camp Nou. A deflected hit from Müller and two rebounds from Lewandowski sealed three points for Bayern, who barely worked up a sweat against a weak Barcelona team.
85th Minute: Lewandowski makes the three
Gnabry is played on goal and hits the post, but the rebound comes back to Lewandowski, who cuts Pique before shooting into the empty net.
78th Minute: Barcelona pushes forward
It’s a difficult task against a disciplined Bayern, but Barcelona are trying their best to move up. Coutinho and Depay give insights into their quality.
73rd Minute: Alba due to injury.
Alba gets dressed and is replaced by 17-year-old Alejandro Balde.
66th Minute: Change for Barcelona
Coutinho and Mingueza replace Luuk de Jong and Eric Garcia.
Gavi and Demir replaced Busquets and Sergi Roberto in the 59th minute
55th Minute: Lewandowski doubles Bavaria’s lead
Pique comes slowly to Musiala, whose shot hits the post and bounces off friendly on Lewandowski, who pushes home for the second Bayern.
46th Minute: No change to the break
No changes from either coach at halftime as Barcelona try to save at least one point from the game.
It was a rather calm first half with few chances on either side. It took a hopeful distance from Thomas Muller via a violent distraction from Eric Garcia to separate the pages.
34th Minute: Müller scores for Bayern!
A long-range shot from Müller distracts Eric Garcia and goes over a helpless Ter Stegen.
27.Minute: Pique blocks Musiala
Musiala was about to unleash a shot on goal, but Pique was there to block it off with a brave block.
17. Minute: Sané fails at Ter Stegen
Sane tries half a volley, but Ter Stegen fends off his compatriot with a good one-handed stop.
15th Minute: Sergi Roberto with Barcelona’s first attempt
A cross from Alba hits Sergi Roberto on the opposite side, the Spaniard swings his left foot on it, but the ball goes well over Neuer’s crossbar.
5th minute: Kimmich gets yellow
De Jong is fouled by Kimmich and the German receives an early yellow card.
We are on the way!
Barcelona face a big challenge against a strong Bayern Munich.
18:50 BST: De Jong and Memphis start at the front
Ronald Koeman has announced his starting XI, and from the Blaugrana’s point of view that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. The Dutchman has opted for a 3-5-2 with Luuk de Jong made his debut alongside Memphis Depay.
Barcelona’s starting XI: Ter Stegen, Pique, Araujo, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba; Luuk de Jong, Memphis.
Bavaria’s starting XI: Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Sule, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sané, Müller, Musiala, Lewansdowski.
6:30 p.m. BST: Pedri is done
One of the current Barcelona players who was not present in the 8-2 clash against Bayern Munich in 2020 was young Pedri. The youthful midfielder has since become a key player for Blaugrana and it is fair to imagine that any positive result for the hosts will be very busy, regardless of whether or not the Spain international appears on the big stage tonight.
5:30 p.m. BST: Bavaria arrives at Camp Nou. at
There are still two and a half hours until kick-off, but the players and the FC Bayern Munich coaching team have already left their hotel and arrived at Camp Nou before today’s game.
17:00 BST: Memories of the 8-2
Bayern’s Twitter team may have had some fun with Barcelona, posting a clip of the club’s 8-2 win over the Catalans with Alphonso Davies dribbling past Lionel Messi, Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet before he pulls the ball back for Joshua Kimmich to score a goal from a few meters away.
4:40 p.m. BST: When will Barcelona play against Bayern Munich?
The Barcelona social media team has put together a handy graphic that shows when Barcelona will kick off Bayern Munich in your region. While it is 9:00 p.m. CEST at Camp Nou, the game in New York begins at 3:00 p.m. ET, and in Los Angeles it begins at 12:00 p.m. PT.
16:20 BST: Estimated line-ups for tonight
As mentioned below, with Sergio Agüero, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati injuries, Barcelona have little attack options. FC Bayern Munich only has to do without Corentin Tolisso in today’s game.
Barcelona’s Predicted XI: Marc-André ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia; Sergino Dest, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba; Philippe Coutinho, Memphis Depay.
The predicted XI of FC Bayern Munich: New manual; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski.
16:00 BST: Barcelona’s squad for tonight’s game
Ronald Koeman has added Luuk de Jong to the Barcelona squad for his first Champions League group match against Bayern Munich, while Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho have recovered from injuries and were called up. In the case of failures, Barcelona have to do without Sergio Agüero, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati due to injuries.