The referee’s watch vibrated and immediately pointed to the center of the field. There was no failure or margin for error because the technology – a system of seven three-dimensional video cameras arranged around the goal – warned that the ball had completely crossed the line, that Thomas Müller’s shot was a goal. Varapalo for Barcelona, joy for Bayern and merriment for Müller, who kept his threat and word.
Neuer, Alphonso Davies (Omar Richards, min. 70), Dayotchanculle Upamecano, Niklas Süle (Nianzou Tanguy Kouassi, min. 77), Benjamin Pavard, Tolisso (Marc Roca, min. 59), Müller, Sane, Kingsley Coman (Bouna Sarr , min. 70), Jamal Musiala y Lewandowski (Malik Tillman, min. 76)
Ter Stegen, Ronald Araújo, Clement Lenglet, Piqué, Alba (Óscar Mingueza, min. 30), Busquets, Pablo Páez Gavira (Yusuf Demir, min. 85), Frenkie De Jong (Ricard Puig, min. 72), Depay, Ousmane Dembélé (Coutinho, min. 72) and Sergiño Dest (Nico González, min. 45)
Goals 1-0 min. 33: Müller. 2-0 min. 42: Sane. 3-0 min. 61: Jamal Musiala.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan
Yellow cards Busquets (min. 2), Ronald Araújo (min. 15) and Omar Richards (min. 81)
After Messi won against Lewandowski in the last Ballon d’Or, Thomas Müller asked for the time before the microphones. “Robert deserved the award,” he stated; “So for me, too, this is a great motivation to put everything in the balance with the aim of bringing the Champions League back to Munich and showing the world of football what is happening. The next chance we have to do it is in the game against Barcelona. Let’s tackle it! ” Said and done.
Everything was uncovered the moment Jordi Alba asked for the change. “Their commitment is undeniable and we will see their feelings,” said Xavi at the press conference before the meeting; “But he wants to play.” And he did, even though he was not in a position as was clearly seen in the warm-up, because when it was time to sprint, everyone did it except him, who took refuge among his teammates so as not to show his weakness. It lasted little, 31 minutes on the grass. So, Mingueza came out onto the pitch and Bayern did what they wanted. Also Müller. In the first race, he discounted Piqué and his center lagged behind Lewandowski, who almost did not open the can. But that, in the Bayern-Barça matches runs by Müller.
The 32-year-old German attacker scored the first goal in 2-8 -then completed it with a double-, he also opened the scoring in the first leg of this edition of the Champions League at Camp Nou (0-3) and this Wednesday he repeated success. It was enough with a Lewandowski cross and a jump over Mingueza to finish with his head and cross the ball over Ter Stegen. And, although Araujo came to clear it, technology and the referee said he did it too late. No Barça player protested except for Araujo, who raised his arms as a lament, and Gavi, who slapped the ground twice in rage. The rest of the Catalans lowered their heads. Müller, however, lifted her with a smile from ear to ear. It was no wonder, there is no other rival that has done more damage to Barça in Europe because in seven games they have scored eight goals.
Shortly after, Sané hit a whip from outside the area that sentenced the duel and also Barcelona in the Champions League because Benfica did not fail against Dinamo Kiev. By then, nobody raised their voices anymore, the Catalans dejected and crestfallen. Also Ter Stegen, who could do more in the goal because he slipped through the center of the goal.
The German Bayern are not good at all, always the loser in the personal stake with Neuer, goalkeeper at 2-8 and a whole bundle of nerves at Allianz. This was explained in the first ball that he touched with his feet, as he handed over the leather to Lewandowski, who demanded the quick intervention of Busquets, also the yellow card. Shortly after, the scoreboard already reflected 2-0 and Barça made good that statistic that it does not score even three in the first half because in the last 10 games it has not celebrated a single goal in the first acts except for duel in Balaídos against Celta (then he made three and later wasted the rent).
In the second half, Barça played with their arms down, Musiala made the third and Müller ended up keeping his promise.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.