Barcelona have the chance to exact some revenge against Bayern Munich when the two teams face off in their Champions League group-stage opener at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night (20:00 BST), following the Catalans’ humiliating 8-2 defeat to the German side in the quarter-finals in 2019/20. In this live blog, we’ll be covering the build-up to the match and then the game itself.
FULL TIME: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich – 0-3
Our Barcelona vs Bayern Munich live blog starts here, with build-up from the Camp Nou and then minute-by-minute updates after the ball gets rolling. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
A comfortable win for Bayern Munich, who made light work of Barcelona at the Camp Nou. A deflected strike from Muller and two rebounds from Lewandowski sealed three points for the Bavarians, who hardly broke sweat against a weak Barcelona team.
Minute 85: Lewandowski makes it three
Gnabry is played in on goal and hits the post, but the rebound comes back to Lewandowski who cuts inside Pique before firing into an empty net.
Minute 78: Barcelona pushing forward
It’s a tough task against a disciplined Bayern, but Barcelona are trying their best to get further up the pitch. Coutinho and Depay are showing glimpses of their quality.
Minute 73: Alba off through injury.
Alba pulls up and is replaced by 17-year-old Alejandro Balde.
Minute 66: Changes for Barcelona
Coutinho and Mingueza come on for Luuk de Jong and Eric Garcia.
Gavi and Demir had replaced Busquets and Sergi Roberto on 59 minutes
Minute 55: Lewandowski doubles Bayern’s lead
Pique is slow to get out to Musiala, whose shot hits the post and rebounds kindly to Lewandowski who prods home for Bayern’s second.
Minute 46: No changes at the break
No changes from either coach at half time as Barcelona look to salvage at least a point from the game.
It’s been a rather quiet first half, with few chances for either side. It took a hopeful effort from distance by Thomas Muller, via a heavy deflection off Eric Garcia, to separate the sides.
Minute 34: Muller scores for Bayern!
A long range effort from Muller deflects off Eric Garcia and goes beyond a helpless Ter Stegen.
Minute 27: Pique blocks Musiala
Musiala was about to unleash a strike on goal but Pique was there to deny him with a brave block.
Minute 17: Sane denied by Ter Stegen
Sane attempts a half volley but Ter Stegen denies his compatriot with a good one-handed stop.
Minute 15: Sergi Roberto with Barcelona’s first effort
A cross from Alba finds Sergi Roberto on the opposite flank, and the Spaniard has a swing at it with his left foot, but the ball goes well over Neuer’s bar.
Minute 5: Kimmich picks up a yellow
De Jong is fouled by Kimmich and the German sees an early yellow card.
A big challenge lies ahead for Barcelona against a fierce Bayern Munich side.
18:50 BST: De Jong and Memphis start up front
Ronald Koeman has announced his starting XI, and it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence from a Blaugrana perspective. The Dutchman has opted for what appears to be a 3-5-2, with Luuk de Jong making his debut up front alongside Memphis Depay.
Barcelona’s starting XI: Ter Stegen, Pique, Araujo, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba; Luuk de Jong, Memphis.
Bayern’s starting XI: Neuer, Pavard, Upamecano, Sule, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Muller, Musiala, Lewansdowski.
18:30 BST: Pedri is ready
One of the current Barcelona players that wasn’t present during the 8-2 thrashing against Bayern Munich in 2020 was young Pedri. The teenage midfielder has since developed into a key player for the Blaugrana, and one would imagine that any sort of positive result for the hosts will have much to do whether or not the Spanish international performs on the big stage tonight.
17:30 BST: Bayern arrive at the Camp Nou
There are still two and a half hours to go until kick off, but the Bayern Munich players and coaching staff have already left their hotel and arrived at the Camp Nou ahead of tonight’s match.
17:00 BST: Memories of the 8-2
Perhaps poking a bit of fun at Barcelona, Bayern’s Twitter team have posted a clip from the club’s 8-2 victory over the Catalans in which Alphonso Davies dribbles past Lionel Messi, Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet before pulling the ball back for Joshua Kimmich to score from a couple of yards out.
16:40 BST: When is Barcelona vs Bayern Munich?
Barcelona’s social media team have put together a handy graphic that shows what time the Barcelona vs Bayern Munich kick off is in your region. While it will be 21:00 CEST at the Camp Nou, in New York the match will begin at 15:00 ET and in Los Angeles it gets underway at 12:00 PT.
16:20 BST: Predicted line-ups for tonight
As noted below, Barcelona are light on attacking options due to the injuries to Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are only without Corentin Tolisso for tonight’s match.
Barcelona’s predicted XI: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia; Sergino Dest, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Jordi Alba; Philippe Coutinho, Memphis Depay.
Bayern Munich’s predicted XI: Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski.
16:00 BST: Barcelona’s squad for tonight’s game
Ronald Koeman has included Luuk de Jong in Barcelona’s squad list for their first Champions League group-stage match against Bayern Munich, while Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho have recovered from injury and have been called up. In terms of absentees, Barcelona are without Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati due to injury.