It was the first time the two teams had met since last season’s Champions League semi-finals, where Bayern demolished the La Liga side with an aggregate win of 7-0.
If that wasn't enough to increase the anticipation ahead of the game, it was also the first time that Pep Guardiola had faced his former employers. The manager had previously won 14 trophies in four years at Camp Nou.
Barca, who this week announced Gerardo Martino as their new coach (seen here on ESPNfc.com), were manager-less going into the game, with assistant coaches Jordi Roura and Rubi overseeing the side’s preparations.
The showpiece game, designed more as an exercise in regaining match fitness than a serious contest, cannot be dissected too intently.
As Barca’s first preseason outing and Bayern’s seventh, the two teams are at different stages of readiness.
However, over the next few slides, we look at five things that we learned from the meeting.