26 min: From the corner, Messi swings in from the right. He finds Lenglet at the far post. Lenglet heads wide left, but the offside flag goes up anyway.
25 min: Sergi Roberto is sent into space down the right by Messi. His low cross is nearly Djimi Traored into the bottom corner by Boateng, looking to join his team-mate Alaba in the own golazo (copyright Peter Oh) club.
24 min: Thiago glides in from the right and lashes a riser over the bar.
23 min: Meanwhile the needle on the Guardian’s Expected Goals tracker has sheared clean off, and smoke is pouring out of the back.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-2 Bayern Munich (Perisic 21)
Sergi Roberto and Semedo faff around 30 yards from their own goal. Gnabry steals off with the ball and feeds Perisic to his left. Perisic strides into the box and lashes hard for the far corner. The ball takes a nick off Lenglet, foxing Ter Stegen, and flies into the top right. The keeper had no chance, and what power in the shot.
20 min: Messi dribbles hard at the ragged Bayern back line. He’s got an option to slip Semedo free to his right, but opts to shimmy inside instead. He opens his body and looks for the bottom left, but his powerful curler is snaffled by Neuer.
19 min: … and then another, which is punched clear by Ter Stegen. Barca try to break through De Jong, who is kicked by Kimmich. It results in a loud yell, but no booking. Both teams have now got away with one.
18 min: From the corner, a free header for Goretzka. He should do better than sending it harmlessly over the bar. Barca play the goal kick out from the back, and immediately ship possession. That leads to another corner …
17 min: Thiago slides a pass down the right channel for Gnabry, whose mere presence panics Alba into the needless concession of a corner.
15 min: This could, arguably should, already be 3-3. It’s a marvellous mess. Both defences have had an absolute shocker so far, and long may it continue.
14 min: Davies busies himself down the left, forcing Pique to concede a corner while surrounded by white shirts. The corner’s half cleared, then looped back into the Barca box. Muller tees up Lewandowski with a downward header, but his strike partner can only hook a bouncing ball over the bar.
10 min: This is getting really silly now! The corner on the right is worked back to Messi, who swings deep. Busquets is one of four Barca players lining up on the edge of the six-yard box. He misses his header, but the ball sails through and caroms off the left-hand post. Bayern clear, and the start of this game has been positively psychedelic.
9 min: This is beyond absurd. Semedo sashays in from the right and nutmegs the discombobulated Alaba. Suarez is clear in the box! He tries to Messi a chip over Ter Stegen, but the keeper blocks out for a corner.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Bayern Munich (Alaba 7 og)
Bayern’s backline is sprung with similar ease, for the second time already. Jordi Alba skitters down the left. He curls into the centre for Suarez. Alaba, facing his own goal, takes a wild slash with his right peg and sends the ball on an absurd arc over Neuer and into the top right!
6 min: Muller celebrates his goal with wild delight. That seemed so very easy.
GOAL! Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich (Muller 4)
Bayern go straight up the other end and find the net! Perisic makes good down the left and crosses deep. Muller and Lewandowski combine just inside the area, down the inside-right channel, the latter hooking back to allow Muller to welt a shot into the bottom left. What a start!
3 min: But it’s Barca who nearly open the scoring, breaking upfield, Sergio Roberto racing down the right. He’s got Suarez in the centre, but can’t find him with his cross, Boateng intercepting and allowing Neuer to blooter clear.
2 min: It’s all Bayern in these extremely early stages, Muller and Perisic hovering menacingly in front of the Barca box.
Off we go! Barca get the ball rolling and give up possession quickly. Boateng launches it long, in the hope of releasing Muller down the middle. Too long. It could have been a sensational start with a better ball.
The teams are out! Barca are in their first-choice blaugrana checks, forcing Bayern into second-choice white. The Champions League theme pumps out of the Estádio da Luz PA. We’ll be off in a minute.
Barca and Bayern are the last two previous winners left in this season’s competition. Both have lifted the prize on five occasions, the Catalan giants in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 …
… and Bavaria’s best in 1974, 1975, 1976,
2001 and 2013.
Some unwelcome news from Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti, who is currently injured and isn’t in Lisbon with the squad, has tested positive for Covid-19. That’s the second positive test at Barca in a few days, Jean-Clair Todibo being the other.
Barcelona make two changes to the starting XI sent out to beat Napoli 3-1 last week, welcoming back Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal. Ivan Rakitic and Antoine Griezmann drop to the bench. Bayern name the same XI selected for the 4-1 breeze against Chelsea.
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, de Jong, Vidal, Messi, Suarez.
Subs: Rakitic, Dembele, Neto, Griezmann, Firpo, Pena, Puig, Fati, Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, Reis.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski.
Subs: Odriozola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Lucas, Tolisso, Ulreich, Coman, Zirkzee, Hoffmann, Musiala.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have met three times before at the business end of the European Cup. Each time, the result has been emphatic. In the 2009 quarters, Lionel Messi scored twice as Barca spanked Bayern 4-0 at Camp Nou, before earning a 1-1 draw in Munich. In the 2013 semis, Thomas Muller was the two-goal hero as Bayern trounced Barca 4-0 in the first leg, then embarrassed them 3-0 in Catalunya to complete a seven-goal rout. And in the 2015 semis, Messi scored twice again in a 3-0 home win as Barca laid the foundations for a 5-3 aggregate victory.
On each occasion, the winner of the tie went on to lift the trophy. On each occasion, there has been plenty of goals, On each occasion, one of the giants of European football has skulked away with a big, red, embarrassed face, tail between the legs. Most neutrals would take more of the same for tonight’s quarter-final showdown, I’ll be bound. This is a summit meeting between the only two previous winners left in the draw. It’s a one-off tie. It could go to extra time. It could even go to penalties. It’ll almost certainly cause one of football’s behemoths a whole world of pain. It’s on!
Kick off: 8pm BST, 8pm in Lisbon.
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