Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) following a 3–0 loss to
Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday night. The defeat
means Barcelona have been eliminated at the group stage for the first time in 21
The Catalans went into their final game battling Benfica for the second qualifying
spot in Group E and knowing they might well need to chase a result in the Allianz
But Bayern barely broke a sweat in tearing apart Xavi’s men, while the Portuguese
side took the necessary three points to send them to the last 16 as runners-up behind
Bayern. Goals by Thomas Mueller and Leroy Sane gave Bayern a 2-0 half-time
cushion in falling snow at the Allianz Arena, which was devoid of spectators due to
high numbers of Covid-19 cases in Bavaria.
Teenager Jamal Musiala grabbed Bayern’s third after the break to seal Barcelona’s
“I’m angry. I don’t like that this is our reality now. We start a new era from here – to
work hard and get back in the Champions League,” said Xavi.
Bayern, who also beat Barca 3-0 at the Camp Nou when the sides met in September,
had already qualified for the knock-out stages as Group E winners.
They now join Liverpool and Ajax with a perfect six victories from six games in the
Benfica’s 2-0 win at home to Dynamo Kiev means Barcelona finish third and drop
into the Europa League.
It was almost eight years to the day since Bayern lost a home Champions League
game in the group phase and the Bundesliga leaders were in no mood to be generous.