Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: Live Score, Highlights, Recap

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Bayern Munich continued their winning ways this summer with a comprehensive 2-0 win over the current Spanish champions and Pep Guardiola's old side, Barcelona. 

In a friendly titled as the Uli Hoeness Cup, Bayern picked up yet another trophy to add to their bulging collection this year in a performance that should have Guardiola feeling rather confident about the coming season. 

The German and European champions began things with a typical 4-3-3 formation with an atypical selection as captain Philipp Lahm began the game as a central midfielder alongside Toni Kroos and Thiago Alcantara in the midfield three, with Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller flanking Arjen Robben up front. 

Barcelona followed suit with their own 4-3-3 formation, yet the side did lack a lot of obvious first team players with Lionel Messi, Mascherano, Song, Adriano and Sanchez offering the only reference to the past sides.

 

As such the first half kicked off with an early flutter of chances from Barcelona, but before too long Bayern were set in their ways and in cruise control as the Catalonians did their best to keep up in their first proper friendly of the pre-season. 

Franck Ribery was the focal point of everything leading to a Bayern attack, and expectedly he was responsible for the opening goal on the 14th minute as young Montoya - the Barcelona left back charged with marking the Frenchman - allowed the winger far too much space and an open invitation to swing a comfortable cross on to the top of Philipp Lahm's head. 1-0 to Bayern and Barcelona were sunk. 

As the second half went on, Bayern drew ever closer to extending their lead, through the imagination of Thiago or the sheer pace of Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben, yet fate seemed destined to ensure that the sides went in at half time with just one goal separating them, despite the obvious gulf in fitness and quality. 

Jordi Roura, the interim coach in charge until Gerardo Martino arrives, had obviously seen enough of his jaded first team stars at the break when he made the decision to replace all eleven with the replacement youngsters on the bench. As Guardiola tinkered with his system pulling off one or two for clever replacements, Barcelona returned to the pitch a team full of youths. 

Oddly enough, such a Barcelona C team performed in a fashion almost identical to the jaded first team - in true Barcelona fashion - and found themselves in the similar situation of chasing Franck Ribery & Co's shadows whilst the Bavarian hosts continued to poke and prod at the vulnerable Spanish back-line.  

Yet as the second half went on, and Bayern either tired or stopped caring, Barcelona did begin to shape some form of influence on the game through the particularly lively forward Poan Roman, however each attack, as honest as they seemed, often ended in no more than a whimper as the experienced Bayern defence soaked up each attack with relative ease. 

In an afternoon that had failed to offer a game Barcelona had any real intention of committing to, it was late substitute Mario Mandzukic who would put the Catalan's out of their misery just three minutes from time, when a low cross from fellow sub Diego Contento found the Croatian on the six yard line and allowed the striker to casually convert in to a goal. 

A few moments after kick off, via a minor head injury to the aforementioned goal-scorer, Felix Brych called time and allowed the game to finally end. Barcelona had had enough. 

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