It was completely unbelievable as Bayern Munich of Germany humiliated four time UEFA champions FC Barcelona, out of the 2013 UEFA Champions’ League on Tuesday night at camp Nou. It was a night Barcelona players and their supporters would never love to remember in their lives.
The Munich players came to Camp Nou with a 4 goal advantage, having beaten Barca 4-0 in Germany a week earlier. The magic boys had hoped to upturn the table back in Spain; but how they intended to do that without their talisman, Lionel Messi, remained a pipe dream. It turned out eventually that Barcelona suffered their worst Champions league defeat ever by losing another 3-0 to Munich, thereby making it a 7-0 aggregate in favour of the Germans.
Lionel Messi watched with disbelief from the bench as Barca were torn to shreds. Messi has been down with a hamstring injury for some weeks and only managed to play in the second half of the match against PSG at Camp NOU in the second leg of the quarter finals. So, playing without him made Barcelona much uncoordinated, and without bite for the whole of the 90 minutes of play. The first half ended in a barren draw with the Germans looking more purposeful in front of goal.
The night saw the Germans contesting every chance with the Spaniards, making sure they were not allowed any space to do their usual tip-tap. First goal of the night came through Arjen Robben, who was allowed an opportunity to do his usual turn to settle down to take his left footer that beat Valdes completely hands down.
Barcelona needed to score 5 unreplied goals to survive into the final, but after the first goal by Robben in the 48th minute, their woes were compounded as they had to score 6 goals to be able to progress. The pressure on Barca increased, which led to Gerard Pique scoring an own goal in the 72nd minute as he tried to clear off a goal bound pull out from the left flank. That own goal erased the little hope that was left for the Spanish team.
Thomas Muller sealed Barca’s fate with a third goal in the 76th minute, which saw him equaling Lionel Messi’s Champions league goals for 2013 campaign. The Munich players made the Spaniards look ordinary in front of their fans. Nobody ever imagined Barcelona could concede such scandalous number of goals in a semi-final match. The question on everyone’s lips now is, could this be the beginning of the end of Barcelona’s reign? Does it mean a new soccer king is emerging in Europe? Who is going to be next king, Munich or Dortmund? One thing is sure – the 2013 UEFA Champions’ League final in Wembley is going to be an all German affairs.
Tito Vilanova knew it was all over and had to withdraw Andrei Iniesta and Xavi in the second half when there are no other serious matches to play before the end of the current season. Barcelona have done relatively great in their various competitions over the years, but losing by a 7-0 aggregate to Munich is a dent on their record.