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FC Barcelona VS FC Bayern final LIVE Football Reddit Score 9 Dec 2021

FC Barcelona VS FC Bayern final LIVE Football Reddit Score 9 Dec 2021

Following the first loss of the Xavi Hernández era against Real Betis at the weekend, Barcelona return to action for the biggest game of the season as they play the Champions League group stage finale away to Bayern Munich in what will be an empty Allianz Arena because of Covid protocols in Germany. After wasting the chance to guarantee qualification at home against Benfica two weeks ago, Barça have made their job very hard coming into the last game. Even though they’re in second place and two points ahead of Benfica, Barça are facing the best team in the group on the road while Benfica will host last-place Dynamo Kiev in Lisbon.

If Benfica win, which they’re expected to do, Barça have to beat Bayern to finish second. If the Portuguese somehow do not win, Barça can qualify with a draw or even a loss. On paper, Barça control their destiny and don’t need to rely on the other game. In reality, the Blaugrana’s best hope is a Dynamo Kiev upset in Portugal. The simple truth is that Barça are gigantic underdogs and realistically have no shot to beat Bayern. The Catalans have never won at the Allianz Arena and even though the Bavarians will be missing several key players, they still have a great team and Robert Lewandowski is expected to start and will no doubt look to make Barça pay for all of his frustrations with the Ballon d’Or results last week.

Barça are playing bold, attacking, intense football under Xavi and will need to have a perfect night to have any chance. Bayern are relentless and usually unbeatable at home, and they won’t want to waste the opportunity to send Barça to the Europa League.

Nobody believes Barça can do it. The only ones who need to, however, are the players taking the pitch on Wednesday night. If they do and play like it for all 90 minutes, they can absolutely perform a miracle.

As widely expected, the Champions League group stage has been a walk in the park for Bayern Munich, who have strolled to five wins from five to ease into the last-16 as one of three teams – alongside Liverpool and Ajax – currently boasting a perfect group record.

Nagelsmann’s men were made to work for their victory over Dynamo Kiev on the penultimate matchday but ultimately got over the line thanks to strikes from Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski, whose goals once again proved invaluable in Der Klassiker at the weekend.

Jude Bellingham’s post-match attack on referee Felix Zwayer made all the headlines, as a potential penalty for Borussia Dortmund was waved away while Lewandowski tucked home a controversially-awarded spot kick to sink his former club in a 3-2 success.

No team in the 2021-22 Champions League has scored more goals than Bayern’s 19 in the group stages, with the German champions scoring at least two per game and hitting both Dynamo Kiev and Benfica for five at the Allianz Arena already.

Nagelsmann’s side have not been without their faults this season, but they have won eight of their nine home games in all tournaments since the season kicked off, and Barcelona’s teething issues under Xavi are apparent.

A pair of 1-0 victories over Dynamo Kiev is hardly anything to shout about for a club of Barcelona’s calibre, especially seeing as they failed to confirm their second-placed finish in Group E after being held to a goalless stalemate by Benfica on matchday five.

La Blaugrana sit two points above their Portuguese counterparts in second spot, but they have a worse head-to-head record and Benfica will certainly be confident of beating Dynamo Kiev, so Xavi’s side are at an alarming large risk of settling for Europa League football.

The Catalan club do not exactly travel to Munich high on confidence either, as Real Betis’ Juanmi condemned Xavi to the first defeat of his reign as Barcelona manager at the weekend – ending Barca’s six-game unbeaten run across all competitions in the process.

A paltry tally of three wins from their last nine in all tournaments represents a true fall from grace for Barcelona, but they ought to take confidence from their away form in Europe – losing just one of their last 10 Champions League games on the road.

Such a streak may pale into insignificance against a well-oiled Bayern machine, though, with the German champions running riot in a 3-0 Camp Nou win earlier this season – Barca’s fifth defeat from their last six games versus the Bavarian powerhouses.

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