Bayern Munich vs Barcelona LIVE: Champions League updates

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona LIVE: Champions League updates
Follow all the latest updates from the Champions League match at the Allianz Arena as Bayern chase a perfect group record and Xavi tries to salvage Barca’s campaign




Barça stars train at Allianz Arena ahead of FC Bayern showdown

Bayern Munich are taking on Barcelona tonight aiming to complete a perfect record in the Champions League group stage. Bayern are top of Group E with five wins from five, having scored 19 goals and conceded only three, and they could match Ajax and Liverpool who last night both secured their sixth wins of the group stage as they cruised into the knockout rounds.

It is a different story for Barcelona who have struggling in the post-Messi era, and new manager Xavi is facing a tough task. Barca are seventh in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid, and they are currently second in this Champions League group with seven points. In visiting the Allianz Arena tonight they face the hardest possible fixture, while third-place Benfica, on five points, host group strugglers Dynamo Kiev knowing a win could knock Barca down to third place and out of the competition.

Julian Nagelsmann’s team cruised to a 3-0 win over Barca at the Nou Camp when the two teams met in September. Robert Lewandowski scored twice that night and will draw level with the 2021/22 Champions League’s leading scorer, Sebastian Haller of Ajax, if he scores his 10th of the European campaign tonight.


GOAL! Bayern Munich 3-0 Barcelona (Musiala 61’)

Easiest goal of the evening!

VAR checked to see if the ball went out of play through Davies but it’s cleared and the goal stands.

A huge cross came into Davies who crossed in with Musiala tapped it home. How much will Bayern win by?

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:21

Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

60 mins: Xavi applauds his players who are stringing some attacking phases together. What a massive job he has on his hands to get them back to their former glory.

A good decision from the boss so far is bringing Gonzalez on who has been bright in attack.

And now it’s Bayern’s turn to make a change as Tolisso comes off for Roca.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:19

Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

56 mins: Gonzalez had a shot but it doesn’t shake Neuer who collected easily.

Barca are being easily dispossessed all over the field and you just feel they are a shadow of what they once were.

A few breaks in play as the ref needs help with his technology.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:16

Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

51 mins: Coman was able to tear apart Barca’s midfield and completely ran riot to unleash Bayern’s attack.

Barca did get the ball back with Gavi and Depay getting shots away which ended with a corner.

The set-piece was sloppy and Bayern get the ball back. The desperation from the Spanish side is showing and it isn’t manifesting in productive ways at the moment.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:11

Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

48 mins: How has Sane not scored there?

Ter Stegen is lucky as he was out of position as Sane found himself in front of an open goal. The ball ends up with the keeper who was on the right post.

Surely Xavi is contemplating the keeper’s position in this team. He has been poor.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:08

Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

We are back underway at the Allianz Arena.

Can Barcelona get back into this? It’s doubtful as three goals are needed from Xavi’s side.

Xavi has made an early change as Dest is replaced by Gonzales.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 21:04

Half-time: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

A fun half-time fact for you, no-one has scored more goals against Barcelona than Thomas Muller.

The goal was Muller’s eighth Champions League goal against the Spanish side.

And the opener in this match was Muller’s 50th Champions League goal – not a bad evening for the German star.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 20:57

Half-time: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

Here’s a look at Sane’s fantastic strike but look how poor Ter Stegen is.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 20:52

Half-time: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

The group E table as it stands:

1. Bayern 18

2. Benfica 8

3. Barcelona 7

4. Kyiv 1

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 20:50

Half-time: Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona

Well it looks as though Barcelona will be going out of the Champions League in the group stage.

The visitors were looking promising in the early stages, especially though Dembele. However, as soon as Muller’s goal was scored the belief seemed to drain from Barca.

Sane’s stunning goal just added to the hosts’ growing domination in this match.

Barcelona need to win this if they want to stay in the competition as Benfica are winning their fixture 2-0 at half-time. Can Xavi’s Barca get three here? I don’t think so.

Sarah Rendell8 December 2021 20:48