Lionel Messi will need to live for the rest of his life with the biggest and most embarrassing defeat of his professional career in football as FC Bayern München bashes his beloved FC Barcelona 8-2 in what is arguably the most memorable UEFA Champions League (UCL) Quarter Final match ever. The match played on the evening of 14th August 2020, started at an unbelievable pace and just after three minutes, effective Thomas Müller opened the floodgate of goals on the night. But a swift pressure from Barcelona forced defender David Alaba to bundle into his own net. It did not just rain goals, but poured for Bayern from there on as Ivan Perisic restored Bayern’s lead in the 22nd minute, before youngster Sergei Gnabry and Müller once again scored to extend the Munich club’s lead to 4-1 before the halftime break.
A quarter of an hour after the resumption of the match in the second half, Uruguayan playmaker Suarez had appeared to start a comeback moment for the Spanish giants with a delightful goal, but that appeared to have spurred the Munich men into going goal-crazy once again.
Joshua Kimmich scored just six minutes thereafter, to make it 5-2 for the Germans.
Then a flurry of goals from prolific Robert Lewandowski and former Barcelona and Liverpool attacking midfielder, and Arsenal’s transfer target, Brazil’s Phillipe Coutinho (2) had the German champions winning by the widest margin in a single match in the quarter finals of any UCL season.
It is a match that Lionel Messi would wish to forget in a hurry. The Spanish club were without the services of Samuel Umtiti who tested positive to COVID-19.
The loss could be the final death blow of the Barcelona coach. There are indications that he may be sacked after the loss. Barcelona has endured an indifferent season, failing to win the Spanish La Liga.