Bayern put eight past Barcelona to reach Champions League semi-finals

Bayern put eight past Barcelona to reach Champions League semi-finals

Bayern Munich outlined why they are the team to beat in this season’s Champions League with a stunning 8-2 quarter-final demolition of Barcelona in Lisbon.

The German champions blitzed Barca with four goals in the opening 31 minutes, adding four more in the second, to set up a semi-final with Manchester City or Lyon and they are the hot favourites to win the tournament for a sixth time.

It was a mesmerising performance, helped by a defensive horror show from the Spanish side, as a brace from Thomas Muller was complemented by goals from Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry put them 4-1 up at the break.

Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and a brace from Barca loanee Philippe Coutinho inflicted a heaviest ever European defeat on the Catalans as Hansi Flick’s side ran riot.

Boss Quique Setien will surely pay the price for this embarrassment, coming after a limp end to their league campaign, as his side are condemned to a fifth year without a Champions League title.