LIVE: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

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Barcelona have not been able to lay a glove on the visitors in the final third, Jordi Alba has been bright down the left flank, but there have not been many options for him to pick out in the middle. Ronald Koeman may need a rethink at the interval.

Bayern Munich hold a 1-0 lead over Barcelona at the break in their Champions League Group E clash at Camp Nou. Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the game as he strike from 20 yards was deflected past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Opportunities have been thin on the ground to say the least, but the slice of fortune has put the German outfit ahead in this opening fixture.

45′ HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 0-1 BAYERN MUNICH

42′ Alba breaks down the left flank once more and angles a cross towards Frenkie de Jong. Upamecano reads the danger and gets back to intervene, clearing the delivery away.

40′ Barcelona do not have Messi in their line-up to bail them out anymore. It’s going to take a team effort to get back into the contest.

38′ Alba collects down the left flank in a flowing Barca move. He angles a cross to the back post for Frenkie de Jong, but the ball just sails over the head of the Dutchman.

36′ Bayern have scored in each of their last 23 Champions League games.

35′ Goretzka offloads into space for Sane, who twists and turns against Araujo. The defender holds his ground in the box and bustles Sane off the ball.

L. Sané

Assist

34′ Sane completes a short offload to Muller in space on the edge of the box and the forward does the rest as his deflected strike beats Ter Stegen.

T. Müller

Goal

34′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MULLER’S DEFLECTED STRIKE FINDS THE NET!!!!!!! 1-0 BAYERN!!!!! The visitors take the lead through Muller as he lines up a strike from 20 yards and it takes a massive ricochet off Garcia to find the net. The forward is afforded space and time on the edge of the Barca box, collecting a short pass from Sane. He goes for the shot and is rewarded for his attempt as it deflects off Garcia and wrongfoots Ter Stegen to roll over the line.

31′ Bayern work the ball into the final third and Muller resists the opening for a strike and goes for a pass towards Lewandowski. However, the Pole is offside before Kimmich sees a strike from close range blocked.

30′ Alba plays Depay into space down the left flank and he sends a cutback into the middle that Upamecano has to clear ahead of Luuk de Jong.

28′ Araujo meets a cross from the right flank from Depay with a powerful header, but he can only plant his attempt over the bar.

27′ BLOCK! Muller opens up the Barca defence with an incisive pass to Musiala. The forward opens up space for a strike in the right-inside channel, but Pique slides in with a low block before the home side scramble the loose ball away from danger.

25′ Goretzka and Busquets battle for the ball in the midfield. The Spaniard goes down and gets the free-kick. Goretzka vents his frustration at the referee.

23′ Goretzka moves forward from the middle of the park and tries to tease a ball into the path of Muller, but Pique makes the interception.

22′ Bayern are starting to exert serious pressure on the home side, but they’ve not quite find their clinical edge yet.

20′ Musiala makes a neat turn in the final third and tries to thread an offload through to Lewandowski, but his pass leads the Pole away from goal.

19′ SAVE! Ter Stegen keeps the scores level with a great reaction stop. Pavard clips a cross into the box that is cleared into the path of Sane. He lines up a blast on his left-foot that takes a deflection off Sergi Roberto and travels towards goal at speed. However, Ter Stegen sticks out a hand and beats it away.

18′ Goretzka wins the ball in the middle of the park and offloads towards Sane, but his pass to Muller in the left-inside channel is poor and cut out by Araujo.

17′ Alba looks for the quick ball over the top for the run of Depay, but it evades the Dutchman and Sule allows it to travel into the hands of Ter Stegen.

15′ OVER! Alba is played into space down the left flank and he pulls a cross back into the box. Sergi Roberto meets it with a left-footed effort on the half-volley that he steers over the bar.

14′ Lewandowski combines with Goretzka on the edge of the box, but the midfielder strikes his effort straight at Araujo, and the ball deflects into the hands of Ter Stegen.

12′ Depay threads a pass through for Luuk de Jong in the left-inside channel, but Pavard recovers with a perfect sliding challenge. The offside flag goes up late anyway.

11′ Muller flicks a ball forward into the Barcelona box for Lewandowski. Araujo applies pressure and it knocks the Pole off balance enough to prevent him turning and firing at goal. The Barca defender then wins a free-kick as he dispossesses Lewandowski before being fouled.

9′ BLOCK! Sane lines up the resulting free-kick, but he hammers his effort straight into the wall. Barca are then able to clear the danger from the resulting Bayern attack.

8′ Garcia catches Lewandowski late on the edge of the box and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position.

7′ Barcelona have settled into a solid early rhythm in the contest and are knocking the ball well around the pitch.

J. Kimmich

Yellow Card

5′ Kimmich pulls back Frenkie de Jong on the charge and goes into the book.

2′ Sergi Roberto tries to break down the right flank to latch on to a long ball forward from Alba, but pressure from Davies forces the goal-kick.

1′ We’re under way at Camp Nou.

In all major UEFA European competition, Barcelona have lost seven matches against Bayern Munich, three more than they have against any other side (P11 W2 D2 L7). Their two wins against Munich came in home first leg Champions League knockout ties, 4-0 in April 2009 and 3-0 in May 2015.

Bayern have made two changes to their side that hammered RB Leipzig at the weekend. Sule slots into the back four to replace Hernandez, who drops to the bench. Musiala gets the nod ahead of Gnabry in the final third, with the forward joining Hernandez on the bench.

Barcelona have not returned to action since the international break, but have made four changes to their side from their last outing against Getafe. Antoine Griezmann and Emerson have left the club in that period, while Martin Braithwaite misses out tonight. Lenglet drops to the bench to accomodate Pique and Garcia in the back three. Pedri stars in the middle of the park, while Luuk de Jong partners Depay in the final third.

BAYERN SUBS: Omar Ricards, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Eric Choupo-Moting, Michael Cuisance, Marcel Sabitzer, Bouna Sarr, Lucas Hernandez, Marc Roca, Tanguy Kouassi, Sven Ulreich, Josip Stanisic.

BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule, Alphonso Davies; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich; Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala; Robert Lewandowski.

BARCELONA SUBS: Sergino Dest, Riqui Puig, Yusuf Demir, Neto, Philippe Coutinho, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti, Inaki Pena, Nicolas Gonzalez, Pablo Gaviria, Alejandro Balde.

BARCELONA (3-1-4-2): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia; Sergio Busquets; Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Jordi Alba; Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong.

Bayern were outstanding in their run to the Champions League crown in beating Barcelona two years ago, but were knocked in the quarter-finals last season. Julian Nagelsmann will be pressing for a strong start to his reign at Bayern in the competition, and taking the scalp of Barca will be a major achievement first up. The Bundesliga champions have been dominant in their form of late, reeling off a five-game winning streak, which included a 4-1 hammering of RB Leipzig on the road last time out. Nagelsmann and his team will be ready for the challenge at Camp Nou.

Barcelona embark on their first Champions League campaign since 2003/04 season without Lionel Messi. The Catalan club have been handed a tough start against a Bayern outfit that crushed them 8-2 in their last contest in the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2019/20 season. Ronald Koeman and his team have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season without Messi, overcoming Getafe in their last outing at the weekend. However, Barca will have to raise the standard tonight against the German champions.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League Group E clash between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at Camp Nou.

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