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Sport Lewandowski at the double as Bayern outplay Barca again

05:50  15 september  2021
05:50  15 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca 's fans expressed their anger, dismay and finally a sense of resignation. Sergi Roberto was on the end of the loudest whistles from the home supporters and it was impossible not to

Bayern had not lost any of the previous six, and they again overturned the deficit as the newly crowned Best Fifa Men’s Player, Lewandowski , equalised two minutes before half-time. The match appeared to be heading for a draw before Lewandowski struck in the 93rd minute, sending Bayern top on Luis Suárez was back among the goals to help Atlético Madrid to a 3-1 win at home to Elche, taking them three points clear at the top of La Liga. Real Sociedad are second after losing 2-1 at Levante later on Saturday. Suárez, who recently had a spell on the sidelines after contracting Covid-19, gave Atlético

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far their opponents have fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou.

Thomas Muller scored the opening goal as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona on Tuesday. © LLUIS GENE Thomas Muller scored the opening goal as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona on Tuesday.

Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller's deflected opener and Lewandowski's double.

When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year's 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real.

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A brace from Robert Lewandowski has seen Bayern Munich defeat Bayer Leverkusen to go of the Bundesliga table in an entertaining clash. In what was the last Bundesliga match for 2020 as Bayern welcomed back Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard who both returned to the bench with David Alaba Bayern finished the half the stronger side as Lewandowski had another glorious chance as he was again left unmarked however this time, his header sailed over the crossbar as it remained level going into half time. It was a relatively low key start to the second half with Leverkusen looking to put

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Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca's fans expressed their anger, dismay and finally a sense of resignation.

"It is what it is," said Gerard Pique. "We are what we are, that's the reality."

"We could have been better," said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Barcelona failed to muster a single shot on target, made fewer passes - once almost unheard of at Camp Nou - and have now conceded 10 goals in their last three European homes.

Sergi Roberto was on the end of the loudest whistles from the home supporters and it was impossible not to wonder if the criticism came in part from disappointment at his lack of progress down the right flank, where Messi once created so much.

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Thomas Müller put Bayern ahead in the first half, Robert Lewandowski doubling the lead after the restart and rounding off his brace in the closing stages, whereas the home side registered no shots on target. The 40,000 crowd at Camp Nou saw an evenly-matched first quarter-hour before Bayern asserted their authority, finding more and more space thanks to positional flexibility. Barca netminder ter Stegen saved a deflected Goretzka effort, Roberto firing over at the other end. ter Stegen made a strong save against Sané before Musiala and Kimmich saw their efforts blocked.

Robert Lewandowski chalked up his sixth goal in just four Bundesliga games as Bayern Munich swept aside RB Leipzig 4-1 on Saturday to go second in the table behind early leaders Wolfsburg. Lewandowski netted a first-half penalty before 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane added quick-fire goals just Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who quit Leipzig after two years to take charge in Munich this season, said the result flattered his side, who face Barcelona away on Tuesday in the Champions League. "I've always felt well here, today as well," a grinning Nagelsmann told Sky.

"They (the whistles) hurt me a lot because I know him, he's a spectacular person," said Pique. "And people need to remember he's not a winger."

Ronald Koeman's own position has come under scrutiny in recent weeks and his 5-3-2 formation, that defies Barcelona's attacking traditions, will not have strengthened his hand.

Yet the bottom line here was the lack of quality in the Barcelona line-up - coming after their turbulent summer of sales - which was inferior to Bayern's in every department.


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"We obviously wanted to compete better but it's what we have," said Koeman. "I can't fault the effort of the players."

Mueller has seven goals in six appearances now against the Catalans while Lewandowski has scored in 18 consecutive matches.

Nagelsmann's strong start in charge continues with a sixth consecutive victory - but Bayern will face tougher Champions League opposition than this, perhaps even in Group E, where Benfica and Dynamo Kiev began with a draw.

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Robert Lewandowski struck twice as champions Bayern Munich won 2-1 at Hamburg SV on Friday to stretch their lead at the top to 11 points as the Bundesliga resumed following a one-month winter break. The Bavarians made a slow and sluggish start before the Poland forward put them in front with a Robert Lewandowski (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring what turned out to be the winner. Lewandowski celebrates after his first-half penalty put Bayern Munich in the lead against Hamburg. The Poland international is congratulated by Xabi Alonso (left) and Thomas Muller (right

Lewandowski has now netted 82 goals for Munich amidst reports he wants to join Real Madrid next season, but Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness laughed off the claim by Spanish newspaper AS.Â. "It's not April 1," the Bayern boss told broadcaster Sport1. The rout left Bayern second in Germany's top flight, a point Lewandowski grabbed his second and Bayern 's fourth goal when he headed across Mainz's former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler. Franck Ribery started on Bayern 's bench having thrown his shirt away in disgust after being substituted late against Anderlecht. Borussia Dortmund can go top of

In true underdog fashion, Barca flew into Bayern early on, eager to impress themselves physically on an opponent they perhaps knew would be technically superior.

The crowd were in on it too, cheering as Luuk de Jong outmuscled Alphonso Davies and Sergi Roberto held off Dayot Upamecano.

There was then a hint of a chance when Memphis Depay slid De Jong but he lacked the speed to capitalise and Benjamin Pavard cleared.

The early enthusiasm could only sustain Barcelona so long and as the game settled, gradually Bayern took control.

Leroy Sane volleyed at Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Gerard Pique had to make a last-ditch challenge to stop Mueller.

But Bayern's authority was set, even if their opening goal owed a lot to fortune, Mueller unleashing from 30 yards and the ball diverting off the back of Eric Garcia, wrongfooting Ter Stegen and creeping inside the post.

Barca wilted before half-time, the atmosphere turning sour as passes went astray and attacks broke down.

A renewed push after half-time saw Sergio Busquets drive wide but Bayern came again.

Sane hit the right foot of Ter Stegen from eight yards and then Lewandowski made it two, studding the ball into an open goal after the Barca keeper committed to Jamal Musiala’s shot that cannoned off the post.

Under threat of another thrashing, Koeman took off Sergi Roberto and Busquets, to a chorus of whistles from the home fans. The 18-year-old Yusuf Demir and a 17-year-old Gavi came on.

Yet Bayern spared Barca a humiliation,waltzing through for one more late on as Lewandowski danced through a sprawl of bodies and fired with five minutes left. For Barca, three felt like a relief.

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Bayern sent 'important signal' in Barca win says Mueller .
Thomas Mueller said Bayern Munich's dominant 3-0 win at Barcelona on Tuesday sent an important message to their rivals for this season's Champions League title. "If you win 3-0 here at the start of the competition, that's a very important signal.The Bundesliga giants handed Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far their opponents have fallen as Mueller scored the opening goal at the Camp Nou before Robert Lewandowski netted twice.

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