Champions League: It’s Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

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Barcelona will be trading tackles with Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich in the one-legged quarter-final in Lisbon.

Having secured 1-1 draw at Naples before the lockdown, the Catalan giant returned to Spain and finished the job with a 3-1 win to progress to the last 8 on 4-2 aggregate against Gennaro Gattuso’s men.

Barca went ahead in the 10th minute in a controversial manner. Clement Lenglet, who opened the scoring seemed to have shoved  Fabian Ruiz into Kalidou Koulibaly, before getting the header into the back of the net.

Messi showed why he is a world-class talent again, scoring from a position he was not really comfortable with. The maestro scored the second goal when he pulled out a moment of magic, cutting inside from the right, squirmed between two players, and managed to hook the ball back into his path, then steered a curler into the far bottom corner while falling over.

Barca extended their lead from the penalty spot after Kalidou Koulibally mistakenly kicked Messi whilst trying to clear the ball. Suarez made no mistake and converted to give Barca a 3-0 lead, which was a safe landing.

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Napoli later reduced the deficit in the dearth of the first half from the spot as well after Ivan Rakitic fell Mertens in the box.

Bayern do double over Chelsea to book a meeting against Barcelona

In the other last 16 games, Bayern Munich recorded another 4-1 victory over Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians had already defeated Chelsea 3-0 at the Stamford Bridge, making the second leg a formality.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 53 goals this season
  • Tammy Abraham is the second-youngest player to score a Champions League knockout goal for Chelsea (22yrs 341d) after Salomon Kalou in March 2008 (22yrs 213d)

Bayern Munich will, therefore, meet Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals after winning the ties 7-1 on aggregate.

Bayern quickly scored two goals to make it 5-0 on aggregate from Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and Ivan Perisic effort inside 25 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

Tammy Abraham reduced the deficit for Chelsea after a rare mistake by keeper Manuel Neuer.

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Substitute Corentin Tolisso in the second half made it 6-1 on aggregate after volleying home unmarked inside the six-yard area before Lewandowski got his brace through a header to finish the match with two goals and two assists.

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