Barcelona and Bayern Munich enjoyed a frantic start to their Champions League quarter-final on Friday in Lisbon.
Thomas Muller put the Bundesliga champions ahead in the fourth minute of the game, but Barca found themselves back on level terms minutes later when David Alaba scored an incredible own goal.
The 28-year-old, who has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona, sliced a clearance that looped up and flew over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The own goal seemed to rattle Bayern who were fortunate not to concede another goal straight afterwards. Neuer made a save from Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan had been sent clean through, while a Lionel Messi cross into the penalty area evaded four Barca players and hit the post.
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Bayern Quick to Make Amends
Yet that was about as good as it got for the Catalan giants. Bayern restored the Bavarians’ lead on 21 minutes when Ivan Perisic fired a powerful effort goalwards. The ball took a slight nick off defender Clement Lenglet and flew past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Hansi Flick’s side weren’t done there either. Serge Gnabry lashed home a third for Bayern Munich after a pass from Leon Goretzka before Muller poked home his second of the night just after the half-hour mark from close range.
Bayern went on to dominate the first half with an impressive attacking performance against a Barcelona team that looked vulnerable every time their opponents came forward.
Setien Sacked By Half-Time?
Bayern ultimately went in at half-time 4-1 up and with one foot in the semi-finals, leading viewers to think about Barcelona manager Quique Setien’s future at the Camp Nou.
The 61-year-old came into the match under pressure already after losing the league title to Real Madrid, and some viewers thought he might be lucky to still be in charge for the second half against Bayern.
Setien only arrived at Barcelona in January, replacing Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou hotseat and has already been linked with an exit. According to ESPN, Barca have “already begun sounding out possible replacements” but currently “there is no outstanding option for the job.”