ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI scored in his 18th straight recreation as sorry Barcelona’s post-Lionel Messi European period bought off to a pitiful begin.
The fallen giants had not misplaced their opening group recreation since Faustino Asprilla’s hat-trick for Newcastle in 1997.
Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 3-0Credit score: Getty
Thomas Muller additionally netted as Bayern dominated on the Nou CampCredit score: Reuters
And with ex-Toon flop Luuk de Jong operating by way of treacle up entrance, the Catalans have extra probability of re-signing Messi than touchdown their sixth Champions League title.
Thomas Muller’s first-half deflected shot was his forty ninth within the competitors and made it seven targets in six video games in opposition to the Spaniards.
And Lewandowski’s brace continued his exceptional run, notching his mind-boggling twenty ninth objective in these 18 video games.
It might, and will, have been extra with Ronald Koeman’s facet mauled from begin to end – failing to muster a single shot heading in the right direction.
Beginning their first Champions League marketing campaign with out Messi since 2004, Barca had been out for revenge of their first assembly with Bayern Munich because the notorious 8-2 mauling 13 months in the past.
However the Bavarian beasts quickly took cost of an alarmingly one-sided conflict with Leroy Sane denied by a canny mixture of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s proper hand and face.
Barcelona regarded misplaced of their first European recreation with Lionel MessiCredit score: Reuters
Lewandowski scored for the 18th successive Bayern Munich recreationCredit score: Getty
Teenage sensation Jamal Musiala was subsequent however had his low effort heroically blocked by veteran Gerard Pique.
The reward lastly got here 34 minutes in when Muller’s 25-yard shot took a depraved nick off Eric Garcia and fallacious footed Ter Stegen.
Ter Stegen stored the hosts in it six minutes after the break with a robust proper foot to avoid wasting from Sane.
However minutes later Lewandowski, 33, made it two, poking into an empty web after Musiala’s rocket got here again off the submit.
Messi’s substitute Luuk de Jong struggled up high for BarcaCredit score: Getty
Ronald Koeman might want to discover new options if he needs to make a dent in Europe this time periodCredit score: EPA
And the Polish hit man was readily available late to smash into the highest nook after Serge Gnabry clattered the woodwork.
Reflecting on the outcome, Barca boss Koeman mentioned: “I can’t complain – Bayern confirmed they’ve a greater crew.
“In fact we’d have favored to compete higher, however that is what we’ve got obtainable. We’ve got to be sensible.
“We’ve got the squad we’ve got and really younger gamers, and in two or three years they are going to be superb.
“But we have too few players from the highest level.”
Captain Pique added: “Now we’re who we’re. We’re going to find yourself competing, however it is going to be a troublesome yr.
“We might not be favourites but it’s okay, look at Chelsea last season.”
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