Although already assured of their place in the last 16 as Group E winners, Bayern were in no mood to do Barca - second in the section at the start of play - any favours. The six-time European champions had their Catalan visitors on the back-foot from the get-go, with Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller unable to make the most of their first real chances of note. Müller landed with his next effort, though, contorting his body to head home Robert Lewandowski’s clipped cross. Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied him a quick-fire second, but was powerless to prevent Leroy Sane’s sensational swerving strike from fully 30 yards.
There was no let-up after the restart as Sane miscued from close range following a defence-splitting exchange with Kingsley Coman. Davies then made ter Stegen work, before setting up Bayern’s third of a one-sided contest. With shades of his 2019/20 quarter-final assist against the same opposition, the Canadian collected an outrageous long ball from Lewandowski and cut it back from the by-line for Jamal Musiala to sweep home. Sane passed up the chance to add a fourth late on, but Bayern will have no complaints at the end of a flawless and dominant group stage.
Lewandowski fell short of matching Cristiano Ronaldo's 2017/18 record of scoring in all six group games. He heads into the knockouts on nine goals - two short of Ronaldo's group-stage gold standard, set in 2015/16.
Sane scored his fifth Champions League goal of the season; Musiala the second of his career.
Müller has scored eight times in seven Champions League meetings with Barcelona (W6, L1).
Bayern won all six Champions League group games for the second time. They scored 22, whilst conceding just three.
The six-time European champions winners have won six of their last seven against Barcelona, and nine out of 13 overall (D2, L2).
Barcelona have won only two of their last nine matches against Bundesliga opposition on German soil (D4, L2).
Phillipe Coutinho spent 2019/20 on loan at Bayern from Barcelona, scoring eight times in 23 Bundesliga games. He also grabbed a brace in Bayern's 8-2 victory over the Catalans in the 2020 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
No way back for Barcelona now. Lewandowski sprays a stunning ball from halfway out to Davies on the left. He does really well to keep it in, before cutting the ball back for Musiala to force home from close range.
Bayern's 100 percent record intact at the halfway stage. Barca are heading out...
What a goal! Leroy Sane, who's been unplayable tonight, rifles in his fifth Champions League goal of the season from fully 30 yards. Ter Stegen made to look ordinary by the swerve on that. What technique!
Müller has now scored eight times times in seven Champions League meetings with Barcelona, losing just one of those games.
Bayern come again with Coman. He feeds Müller into the channel, but ter Stegen's equal to it. The Bundesliga leaders causing Barca all manner of problems, and very much in the mood.
And deservedly so! Lewandowski races away from Pique. He has every right to shoot in his form, but selflessly clips a pass over to Müller instead. The ball is slightly behind him, making for a quite brilliant improvised header that Araujo tries in vain to clear off the line. Superb goal.
We're behind-closed-doors in the Bavarian capital, due to covid restrictions in the region. Bayern won 8-2 the last time they met Barca without fans in attandance.
LET IT SNOW!
The white stuff's falling in Munich, with temperatures around 0C. That's another factor that swings the pendulum Bayern's way, ahead of kick-off.
NAGELSMANN: 'BARCELONA UNDER PRESSURE'
Down in seventh domestically and on thin ice in Europe, Barca may well end up needing a win in Munich to progress, which Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann believes could play into his team's hands. "They're under pressure in terms of the group positions and will give it everything - that'll be good for the game." he said, before warning of their improved showings under former player Xavi. "They're now defending more actively and higher up the pitch than before. The counter-pressing is also more like it was in his playing days under Pep [Guardiola], bold and with a lot of players."
Bayern are bidding to win all six Champions League group games for the second time. The six-time European champions winners have won five of their last six against Barcelona, and eight out of 12 overall (D2, L2). As for the Catalans, they've won only two of their last eight matches against Bundesliga opposition on German soil (D4, L2).
IN RONALDO'S FOOTSTEPS
If Lewandowski continues his hot streak at the Allianz Arena, the Bayern No.9 will match Cristiano Ronaldo's 2017/18 record of scoring in all six group games. He will also match Ronaldo's 11-goal group record with a brace. And he already has two of those, plus a hat-trick and two single-goal efforts to show for Bayern's 100 per cent section-topping season so far.
WATCH: DORTMUND 2-3 BAYERN
Striker of the Year Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern moved four points clear of Dortmund with a 3-2 win in Der Klassiker on Saturday. Not only is he the Bundesliga's 16-goal top scorer, the Pole also heads the 2021/22 Champions League charts with nine.
WE 8-2 DO THIS TO YOU, BARCA
Bayern's dominance in this fixture has never been more evident than their 8-2 win in the 2019/20 one-legged quarter-final tie. It's not very often you put eight goals past any opponents, but when those opponents are a Barcelona team led by Lionel Messi, doing that becomes a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Bayern became the first team ever to score eight goals in a single European knockout stage fixture, contributing to a competition record of 3.91 goals per game over the campaign, when they gave the Catalans a lesson they will never forget. That especially rings true for Nelson Semedo, whom Alphonso Davies well and truly schooled with one of the finest assists in tournament history.
THE REVERSE FIXTURE...
... was an absolute stroll for Bayern. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, after Thomas Müller had broken the deadlock, while Manuel Neuer had very little to do in a one-sided 3-0 win.
Bayern booked their place in the knockouts with two fixtures to spare. They've won every game in Group E by an aggregate scored of 19-3, and are rightly considered one of the favourites to go all the way. Barca will join the record champions in the knockouts, so long as they don't lose in Munich and Benfica fail to beat bottom side Dynamo Kyiv.
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Julian Nagelsmann makes two changes to the team that beat Dortmund 3-2 in Der Klassiker. Niklas Süle replaces Lucas Hernandez in defence, while Jamal Musiala deputises for Leon Goretzka in central midfield. Former Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and ex-Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele are among the starters for Barca.