Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 win over FC Barcelona in the Champions League, confirming they progress to the next stage of the competition as table-toppers of Group C.
Barcelona had started the game against Bayern Munich knowing they have already been knocked out of the competition. The Catalan outfit were on the brink of group-stage exit after sharing points with Inter Milan in their previous fixture in the competition.
Barcelona needed Inter Milan to drop points against Viktoria Plzen in a match that had started and ended before the Bayern vs Barcelona match kicked off. But Inter romped their way into a 4-0 win over the Czech outfit to seal their progression to the round of 16.
The Bundesliga behemoths then piled more misery on Barcelona, who were already knocked out of the competition.
Bayern Munich cruise to 3-0 win over already-eliminated Barcelona in Champions League
Against Barcelona, Bayern Munich took the lead in the 10th minute of the match through Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese attacker beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen in one-on-one, chipping the ball beyond the German goalkeeper after Serge Gnabry had played a ball behind the Barcelona defense.
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Bayern made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting establishing a two-goal cushion for the German side. Leroy Mane slid him on the right and the 33-year-old fired the ball beyond ter Stegen and into the Barcelona net.
Bayern came close to scoring their third in the 43rd minute of the match but neither Mane nor Jamal Musiala could convert that chance into a goal.
Bayern thought they had scored their third goal of the match when Gnabry curled in. However, the goal was ruled out following VAR intervention, with Gnabry deemed to have been offside.
Mane forced a save from ter Stegen in the 90+4th minute of the match, with the Barcelona goalkeeper getting a fingertip to the Bayern attacker’s shot from inside the box.
Bayern then scored from the resulting corner. Joshua Kimmich sent the ball towards Gnabry, who sliced his effort and sent it across the face of the goal. Pavard, unmarked at the far post, then slotted it home from close range to make it 3-0 for Bayern.
Despite dominating 52% possession, Barcelona never managed to register a shot on target all night. Bayern, meanwhile, made eight shots on target and converted three of those.