Barca without football were eliminated from the Champions League with a 0-3 loss to Bayern

Champions League - Group E - Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona
Football – Champions League – Group E – Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – December 8, 2021 Leroy Sane of Bayern Munich scores second goal REUTERS / Andreas Gebert

December 8, 2021

MUNICH (Reuters) -Barcelona was knocked out of the Champions League following a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, failing to progress past the group stage of the tournament for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

First-half goals from Thomas Mueller and Leroy Sane put the Germans, who have won all six games to top Group E, firmly in the lead before Jamal Musiala tapped in the third just the past hour or so. .

Barcelona have advanced to the last 16 at least every time they compete in the Champions League since 2001 but will progress to second place in the Europa League after finishing third in the group. Benfica made it through to the group stage as group runner-up with a win over bottom-leg club Dynamo Kyiv.

Barca, who didn’t create a single chance in the second half and scored just two goals in six group games, have lost their last two matches in all competitions after new coach Xavi’s first defeat at Real Betis. on Saturday.

“Bayern is better, superior,” said Xavi. “This is the harsh reality we have to face. I told the players that this was a turning point. Today a new era begins and we have to take Barca where it deserves and not the Europa League.

“I am disappointed because this is our reality. We start from scratch and we have to get Barca back fighting for the Champions League. Now I feel responsible. Now we have to go out and win the Europa League.”

Despite claiming the top spot, Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann fielded his strongest possible squad, refusing to rest his top players after they beat Borussia Dortmund 3- 2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The German champions have struggled defensively, keeping just one clean sheet in one of their last eight games before Wednesday.

Jordi Alba tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a long-range effort in the seventh minute and Ousmane Dembele hit the crossbar as the Spaniard initially pressed high. But that was all that came from Barca’s attack for the rest of the game as the Germans slowly took control.

A skillful Mueller running down the left caught Barca’s nap but his save came too late for Robert Lewandowski, who could not be reached from one meter.

Roles were reversed when Lewandowski cushioned the ball into the box and Mueller headed home his 50th Champions League goal in the 34th minute, becoming only the eighth player in Champions League history to reach that milestone.

Bayern scored again before the break with a Sane rocket from 25 yards. Barcelona, ​​who needed a win to take the lead, were unable to find a second-half chance before Musiala’s 62nd-minute touch blocked their exit.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond) Barca without football were eliminated from the Champions League with a 0-3 loss to Bayern

Huynh Nguyen

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