Bayern Munich were in a tough spot heading into the return leg in the Champions League Quarterfinals after losing the first leg away to Porto 3-1. But the German side proved that they are one of the best teams in the world as they absolutely destroyed Porto 6-1 at home at the Allianz Arena. Barcelona dispatched of Paris Saint Germain 2-0 after two goals by Brazilian star Neymar.
It was a great display of attacking football by Bayern as they took control of the game from the opening minute and had a 5-0 lead at halftime after goals by Thiago Alacantra, Jerome Boateng, Robert Lewandowski (twice) and Thomas Muller. It only took Bayern 14 minutes until Alacantra knocked in the first goal, but Bayern had two balls hit the post four minutes earlier. Bayern had 17 shots during the game, and 12 off them hit the goal, (the two off the post don’t count) compared to Porto’s two shots on goal. This was one of the most one-sided games we’ve seen in a long time in a Champions League knockout-stage game. The way Bayern dominated this game must be worrisome for their next opponent.
Seeing that they were down 3-1 heading into the game and ended up winning 7-4 on aggregate speaks volume of the offensive firepower that manager Pep Guardiola has at his disposal. Being down also forced Bayern to go all out attack in this game and it was a sight to behold for all soccer fans, except for Porto’s supporters of course.
Barcelona had a 3-1 lead over PSG from the first leg, and there was never really any doubt that they would be able to see this through. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back from suspension for PSG, but he was unable to break through the Barcelona defense and he once again suffered defeat against his old club. Neymar scored the opening goal in the 14th minute and added a second 20 minutes later. PSG had a slight advantage in possession (52%) but only managed to get two shots on target, whereas Barcelona had six.
The attacking trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is arguably the best in the world, and they cause so much trouble for the opposing defense as they all have great skills handling the ball and they are all lethal in the final third of the pitch. Barcelona goes through to the semifinal 5-1 on aggregate and PSG will have to find a way to regroup, get better and give it another go next season.