Champions League, Bayern thrash Barcelona 8-2 in quarter-final: Records broken
Bayern Munich thumped Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League final eight fixture on Friday. Notably, this was the worst ever defeat for Catalans in Champions League history. Meanwhile, Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in the tournament's knockout-round game. As per reports, following a humiliating defeat, Barca manager Quique Setien has been sacked. Here are the records broken in the match.
How did the match pan out?
The match got off to a blazing start with Thomas Muller drawing first blood for Bayern in the fourth minute. However, David Alaba conceded an own goal to Barcelona, putting the scoreline at 1-1 inside 10 minutes. The likes of Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry scored a goal each before half-time. Although Barcelona pulled one back, they conceded four more in the latter half.
Barcelona sack manager Quique Setien
As per reports, Barcelona manager Quique Setien has been ousted after his side suffered a crushing defeat to Bayern in the quarter-final. The 61-year-old was appointed in January as he replaced Ernesto Valverde.
Worst UCL defeat since 1946
Barcelona were handed their worst defeat in a Champions League fixture. For the first time in 74 years, they conceded eight goals. In 1946, they lost by a margin of 8-0 against Sevilla in Copa del Rey. Interestingly, the Catalans also conceded five or more goals in a European match for the first time since losing 4-5 to Levski Sofia in 1976 (UEFA Cup).
Barcelona conceded four goals in each half
Before the match, Barcelona had never conceded four goals in a single half of any UCL fixture. However, Bayern registered four against Barca in each half. The last two opponents to concede eight goals to Bayern are St. Pauli (2011), SV Hamburger (2013, 2015, 2017).
An incredible goal-scoring streak for Robert Lewandowski
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski continued his splendid run. He netted a goal in his eighth straight appearance, in the Champions League. This is the fifth time a player has scored in eight straight games in European Cup history. Other players on this list are - Cristiano Ronaldo (8 in 2014, 11 in 2018), Ruud van Nistelrooy (9 in 2003), and Luis Aragones (8 in 1970).
Feats attained by Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller has now scored five goals in as many appearances against Barcelona in the Champions League history. Notably, only Andriy Shevchenko has managed to score as many goals against them in the competition. Muller has also recorded 23 goals in the Champions League knockout stages, the third-most by any player (Cristiano Ronaldo - 67 and Lionel Messi - 47).
Records broken by Bayern in the match
Bayern Munich became the first team ever to score eight goals in a UCL knockout match. Also, they recorded their best performance in a single Champions League tie. It is interesting to note that Bayern scored more goals (8) than Barcelona targeted shots (7). Furthermore, Bayern are the second team in UCL history to win the first nine games in a season.