Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski headlining a game teeming with star power, but other big names have stepped up, especially for Bayern Munich. Thomas Muller has two goals, while Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic have one goal each for the champions Germany, who aim to win a first hat-trick since 2013. Barcelona’s goal came via Bayern defender David Alaba, who has nailed Jordi Alba’s cross in his own net. .Barcelona, who left Antoine Griezmann on the bench during a transition to a 4-4-2 formation, almost broke in the third minute on the counterattack. Messi pushed Sergi Roberto to the left side, where he placed himself behind rising Canadian star Alphonso Davies. Roberto’s curling center almost found its way to Luis Suarez, but he was just out of reach and Manuel Neuer left his line to clear him.Bayern then hit for the opener next time around in Barcelona’s end. Muller and Lewandowski worked a wonderful combination at the top of the box, Muller shooting home the opener from the edge of the box just in the fourth minute.
This advance did not last long. Alba’s cross trying to spot Suarez was inadvertently lobed by Alaba into their own net, offering Barcelona an equalizer and making it 1-1 after seven minutes.
Barcelona came close to advancing twice in the next three minutes. Firstly, Suarez had a run behind to Neuer, who saved his chance at close range, before Sergio Busquets hit the post on another chance.
Messi then had a saved chance in the 20th minute, with Neuer stifling his close luck after being played behind the Bayern defense.
Bayern then jumped on their next chance in a game the pace of which could not be maintained. After pressure forced a roll in Barcelona, Gnabry found Perisic on the overlapping race to his left, and the Croatian beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle, increasing his luck inside the second post for a 2-1 lead in the 21st minute. .
Bayern should have gone 3-1 in the 27th minute, when Lewandowski had a rebound against him at the mouth of the goal, only for Ter Stegen to make the save at close range. However, he turned 3-1 quite early on.
Leon Goretzka threw a pass over the top for Gnabry, who took over from Clement Lenglet and finished confidently to extend the lead to two.
Ter Stegen almost got a self-inflicted mistake immediately after, when he turned her over trying to play her from behind. He offered Lewandowski a chance to strike, only to save desperation.
It didn’t really matter. Bayern went 4-1 in the 31st minute thanks to Muller’s second of the game, with his redirect on Joshua Kimmich’s pass extending the lead.
The second half started much like the first ended. Barcelona were sloppy and rambling in their own end, while Bayern Munich kept up the pressure. His first chance came with a direct ball through Neuer’s cross, who spotted Muller behind Barcelona’s back line. Muller turned and fed Perisic, who hit his chance straight into Ter Stegen’s chest in the 49th minute.
Another chance came from Goretzka, who sliced the Barcelona defense to meet Kimmich’s ball over it, settled down with his chest but shot high a minute later.
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The winner will qualify to face Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals on Wednesday, with the winner of that match reaching the August 23 final against either PSG or RB Leipzig.