Barcelona’s unbeaten start to the season has come to an end thanks to a painful 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on the Allianz Arena in their second group stage match in the Champions League. Barca were the better side for most of the evening and should have gotten a lot more out of the game, but a five-minute nightmare into the second half led to a defeat they definitely didn’t deserve.
Bayern dominated the first five minutes of the game to the point that Barca fans were certainly concerned. The home team pressed high on the pitch and choked the Blaugrana with their intensity forward, but they created no real chance and the visitors survived the expected early storm.
After the first five minutes, Barça started to take control of the game through patient possession, very good moves up front and effective high pressure to win the ball from Bayern in dangerous positions.
The Catalans had four big moments that could have easily led to a goal: one was Pedri’s shot saved by Manuel Neuer, two came from Lewandowski with a volley that went just over the crossbar and a header into the six-yard area that went over the crossbar. hit Neuer in the face and Raphinha shot agonizingly wide from outside the penalty area.
Bayern had to defend deep in their half and try to score on the counterattack, and their best chance came with a shot by Marcel Sabitzer that went just wide, but the home side didn’t really threaten Barca’s goal and were very lucky not to have a shot just before half-time. conceding when Alphonso Davies pushed Ousmane Dembélé into the penalty area. It was an obvious penalty, but neither the referee nor the VAR somehow saw anything wrong with the game.
At halftime, Barca didn’t just take on one of the best teams in Europe. They were overplaying them. On the road. Could they keep up the good work and finish the job in the second half?
Bayern was at half-time but soon showed their strength in the opening minutes of the second half: substitute Leon Goretzka forced a great save from Marc-André ter Stegen and Bayern won a corner, which Joshua Kimmich took and Lucas Hernandez found was all alone on the nearest post after getting away from Marcos Alonso to take home the opener.
Scoring against the course of the game was all Bayern needed to rediscover their most devastating version, and they quickly doubled the lead as Leroy Sané ran through the entire Barca defense and passed the ball into the net.
Barca had half an hour to try and get back on what they did so well in the first half, but they were visibly shaken by the two goals and lost easy balls to the Bayern press time and time again, leading to dangerous chances for them. the home side team.
Slowly but surely Barca began to dominate the ball again, making it nearly 2-1 when Lewandowski found Pedri all alone in front of Neuer, but the Spaniard’s chip over the keeper somehow hit the post and went out. Barça kept attacking and trying to get back into the game, but it just wasn’t their night and the Blaugrana couldn’t find the back of the net.
The final whistle ended Barca’s unbeaten start to the season and this is a really disappointing defeat, especially as the team played so well. The first half was sensational and most nights they would have scored at least two goals which would have totally changed the game but football can be so cruel.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to be cheered on, and Barça have proven they can compete with the best in Europe. A better finish and a little more luck and this would be a night to remember.
Bayern: Neuer; Pavard (Mazraoui 21′), Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Sabitzer (Goretzka 46′); Sané (Tel 80′), Musiala (Gravenberch 80′), Mane (Gnabry 70′); Muller
goals: Hernandez (50′), Sane (54′)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen (Eric 70′), Alonso; Gavi (De Jong 61′), Busquets (Kessie 80′), Pedri; Raphinha (Ferran 61′), Lewandowski, Dembele (Ansu Fati 80′)