With four goals in the first half hour and four more in the last half hour, Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 8-2 on Friday to reach the Champions League semifinals for the second time in three years, AP news agency reported.
Thomas Müller scored twice and Ivan Perišić and Serge Gnabry added on in Bayern’s stunning start to the standout quarterfinal between the only past champions left in the last eight.
Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho (twice) piled on in the second half as Barcelona conceded eight for the first time since 1946.
Seeking its first title since 2013, Bayern will next face either Manchester City or Lyon, who meet on Saturday in the last quarterfinal.
The huge loss ended a disappointing season for Barcelona, one that included a coaching change and public disputes between players and team officials.
“horrible game, dreadful feeling…shameful. It’s very hard. The club needs changes and I’m not talking about coach and players. Structurally we need changes of all starts. It’s not the first time, or the second, nor the third,” Gerard Pique admitted that Barcelona require wholesale changes to avoid future humiliations like that suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich – even if it means his own days at the club are numbered.
It is the first time since 2008 that the Spanish pclub finished a season without a significant title. It hasn’t lifted the European trophy since 2015, according to news agency AP.