Ranking all 10 goals from Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona in 2020

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Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho celebrate scoring for Bayern Munich against Barcelona. August 2020.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been drawn together in the group stages of the 2021-22 Champions League, and for some players the prospect of the game will send a shiver down their spine.

Several members of the current Barca squad were on the pitch when they lost 8-2 to Bayern in the quarter-finals of the competition in 2019-20, though one of those men – Philippe Coutinho – was on loan at Bayern at the time.

It was a performance of real attacking quality from the German champions, who went on to lift the trophy that season, and either side could easily have scored more goals than they finished with.

As the teams prepare to face off once again, this time at Camp Nou, we’ve watched the game back and ranked the goals in order, from worst to best.

10. Thomas Muller (4-1)

A tap-in at the near-post from a low cross. It’s a rule of conceding eight in a game that one of them goes down like this.

 

9. Robert Lewandowski (6-2)

Weird that it took Lewandowski 80 full minutes to score, in retrospect. One of those where the line between sharp attacking and passive defending is a thin one, even if you look in isolation, but it’s tidy enough.

 

8. Ivan Perisic (2-1)

Possibly the most ‘Germany v Brazil’ goal of the bunch. Possession lost in midfield, then you blink, then the ball’s in the net. Question marks over Marc-Andre ter Stegen, perhaps, but it’s ruthless attacking play.

7. David Alaba own goal (1-1)

Just funny, isn’t it. Nothing quite like a sliced finish that gives your own keeper no chance. Barca get some credit for the defence-splitting ball over the top to start the move.

 

6. Philippe Coutinho (7-2)

Look, we can’t stay silent any more, that’s a horrible first-touch. If it’s not already 6-2 then someone probably stops him from scoring. Everything up to that point was very easy on the eye, mind you, and he does well to dig out that finish.

 

5. Serge Gnabry (3-1)

Simply too easy. You don’t let yourself get undone by a simple ball round the corner just 30 seconds after a lucky escape in your own area. Or maybe you do exactly that, for the precise reason that the first escape was so lucky. Again, it’s the good attacking v bad defending debate.

 

4. Thomas Muller (1-0)

Lovely build-up play involving Serge Gnabry, but it’s the exchange at the end which really makes it. Like a knife through butter, which is much more impressive at 0-0 than later on. Points lost for the untidy finish, though.

 

3. Luis Suarez (4-2)

Very nice, this one. Beautiful drop of the shoulder to beat Jerome Boateng, and a finish to match. Hell of a game to waste it in.

 

2. Philippe Coutinho (8-2)

The game might effectively be over by this stage, but that’s a delightful ball over the top from Thiago. A moment of real quality, which you really wish wasn’t played at a point where the game was already won twice over.

Take it out of this context, though, and… well, just look at it.

 

1. Joshua Kimmich (5-2)

The best of the lot.

It’s hard to think back to a time when Alphonso Davies only owned his own soul, rather than that of Nelson Semedo as a little added bonus, but this is the sort of dominance where if the right-back said, ‘I’m sorry, this was too much, I need to retire from all forms of football now,’ then no one would have argued with him.


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