Philippe Coutinho adds salt to the wounds as rampant Bayern Munich humiliate before dumping Barcelona out Champions League with an 8-2 victory in the quarter-final encounter at Estadio da Luz on Thursday night in Lisbon.
Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski headlined a matchup teeming with star power, but it’s been other big names stepping up, especially for Bayern Munich.
Thomas Muller has two goals, while Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic have a goal apiece for the German champions, who are aiming to win the first treble since 2013.
Barcelona’s first goal came via Bayern defender David Alaba, who clipped Jordi Alba’s cross into his own net.
Luis Suarez made it 4-2 in the 57th minute, only for Joshua Kimmich to answer six minutes later to restore the three-goal edge.
Cruelly for Barcelona, it came off a feed from Coutinho–on loan to Bayern from Barcelona–and was upheld after a VAR review confirmed his header was onside.
The goal was Lewandowski’s 54th in all competitions this season, 14th in the Champions League.
However, the Coutinho makes his home club sorry by scoring the magical 7th goal.
before double a few minutes later.
Bayern advance to face either Manchester City or Lyon in the semifinals on Wednesday for a spot on August 23 final against either PSG or RB Leipzig.