Barcelona lost their first Champions League game for the first time in 23 seasons with a goal from Thomas Muller and a brace from Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
The hosts sought revenge after an 8-2 defeat to the same opponents in the 2019-20 quarter-finals, but Bayern proved too strong once again in the Group E debut between the two heavyweights .
Muller opened the scoring in that humiliating defeat to Barça 13 months ago and did the same in the first half at the Camp Nou before Lewandowski’s simple goal gave Bayern breath at the start of the second period.
Lewandowski doubled his tally in the final to seal a routine victory that puts the German champions in first place after the first round of matches, while Barca are in last place after Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica drew goalless .
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Sergi Roberto was one of six players in the Barça squad after the memorable previous clash between the two sides and the full-back jumped at a good chance in what was a brilliant start for the hosts.
Bayern quickly began to get to grips with the game and would have been in the lead had it not been for Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s one-handed save to fend off a powerful shot from Leroy Sane.
Barça rely on a desperate defense to maintain the level, but Muller pushes his way in the 34th minute with a shot from outside the box that gets heavily deflected by Eric Garcia and leaves Ter Stegen blown away.
Ter Stegen was again required early in the second half to parry a low shot from Sane after the winger, who had prepared Muller’s goal, pushed through and Bayern pushed for second.
That punctually came after 56 minutes, when Jamal Musiala’s shot was deflected off the post and Lewandowski was in the perfect position to push the rebound into an unguarded net using the bottom of his boot.
Bayern were eager to add a third and did so five minutes from time with Lewandowski, the prolific striker who turned another rebound after Serge Gnabry rocked the post this time.