Champions League: FC Bayern throws FC Barcelona out – million hole gap

VfL Wolfsburg’s European trip ends

Driven by anniversary goal scorer Thomas Müller, FC Bayern have completed their six-win group stage and thus underpinned their title ambitions in the Champions League. In a dreary ghost game atmosphere, Munich humiliated the glorious FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening with a 3-0 (2-0) again.

Müller with his 50th goal in Europe’s “premier class” (34th minute), Leroy Sané (43rd) – aided by a mistake by national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen – and Jamal Musiala (62nd) ensured the third clear Bayern- Win against Barça in a row. Bayern had won 3-0 in the first leg and celebrated a legendary 8-2 at the final tournament in Lisbon on the way to winning the 2020 Champions League.

50th goal for Müller: Germans with the most goals in the “premier class”

Thomas Müller celebrates his 50th Champions League goal

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These Germans scored at least 12 hits in the “premier class” …

17 Bastian Schweinsteiger – FC Bayern – 12 goals in 95 games

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Games since 1955/56, i.e. European Cup of National Champions & Champions League
As of November 23, 2021

16 Mehmet Scholl – FC Bayern – 12 goals in 70 games

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15 Mario Götze – BVB, FC Bayern – 12 goals in 62 games

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14 Carsten Jancker – FC Bayern – 12 goals in 49 games

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13 Roland Wohlfarth – FC Bayern – 12 goals in 30 games

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12 Lukas Podolski – Bayern, Arsenal, Galatasaray – 13 goals in 29 games

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11 Miroslav Klose – Werder, FC Bayern – 14 goals in 39 games

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10 Timo Werner – RB Leipzig, Chelsea – 14 goals in 29 games

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9 Jupp Heynckes – Gladbach – 14 goals in 27 games

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8 Leroy Sané – Schalke, Man City, Bayern – 15 goals in 36 games

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7 Michael Ballack – Leverkusen, Bayern, Chelsea – 16 goals in 93 games

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6 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – FC Bayern – 16 goals in 36 games

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5 Dieter Hoeneß – FC Bayern – 16 goals in 27 games

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4 Marco Reus – BVB – 21 goals in 56 games

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3 Mario Gómez – FC Bayern, VfB Stuttgart – 26 goals in 44 games

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2 Gerd Müller – FC Bayern – 34 goals in 35 games

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1 Thomas Müller – FC Bayern – 50 goals in 130 games

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For the Champions League finals permanent guest Barça, the defeat means their first participation in the Europa League since the 2003/04 season, then known as the UEFA Cup, as Benfica Lisbon won 2-0 (2-0) against Dynamo Kiev and moved up to second place. For the Catalans, the elimination from the “premier class” also leaves a gap in their budget. Barça had expected to reach the quarter-finals, which would have brought the club a minimum of 20.2 million euros in bonuses.

The financially troubled club will have to accept the next setback as the Europa League is nowhere near as lucrative. Even if the Catalans took the title, they would only receive € 14.9m – a loss of € 5.3m. Should it even end in the semifinals, it would only be 6.3 million euros in bonuses.

While Barcelona were eliminated from the group stage for the first time in 21 years, FC Bayern are looking forward to the round of 16 draw on Monday. There, however, top teams such as defending champions FC Chelsea or the star ensemble of Paris Saint-Germain threaten as opponents from the runners-up pot. Knockout games against lighter calibers such as Sporting Lisbon would also be possible in the new year.

Bayern continue, VfL Wolfsburg out: only fourth after losing to Lille

For a very weak VfL Wolfsburg, the Champions League season is over after the preliminary round. The “Wolves” lost the last and decisive group game against the French champions LOSC Lille on Wednesday evening with 1: 3 (0: 1) and were therefore completely deserved as the bottom of the table in Group G.

Haller overtakes Lewandowski: best Champions League goalscorers in 2021/22

Kylian Mbappé | PSG | 4 goals in 6 games

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Antoine Griezmann | Atlético | 4 goals in 5 games

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Pedro Gonçalves | Sporting | 4 goals in 4 games

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Leroy Sané | FC Bayern | 5 goals in 6 games

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Riyad Mahrez | Man City | 5 goals in 6 games

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Lionel Messi | PSG | 5 goals in 5 games

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Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 5 goals in 5 games

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Man United | 6 goals in 5 games

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Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 7 goals in 6 games

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Christopher Nkunku | RB Leipzig | 7 goals in 6 games

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Robert Lewandowski | FC Bayern | 9 goals in 6 games

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VfL could have qualified for the round of 16 with a win, but 36-year-old Burak Yilmaz scored 1-0 for the French in the 11th minute. Jonathan David (72nd) and Angel Gomes (78th) added two more hits. The goal by Renato Steffen (89th) shortly before the end had no effect.

Wolfsburg continued the disappointing performance of the previous weeks in this important game and have already suffered their fourth defeat in a row in national and international competitions. The fact that with 6,544 fans not even half of the only 13,281 spectators allowed due to corona came into the stadium, also contributed to the desolation of this evening. In the parallel game, Red Bull Salzburg won 1-0 (0-0) against FC Sevilla thanks to Noah Okafor (50th) and moved into the last 16 together with Lille.

Rangnick with a draw in Champions League debut for Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick had to be content with a 1: 1 (1: 1) against BSC Young Boys on his “premier class” debut for Manchester United. The 63-year-old coach, who succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sent eleven new players into the duel against the Swiss and did without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Mason Greenwood took the lead (9th), which was equalized by Fabian Rieder (42nd).

It has not yet been decided who will progress in Group F alongside the English. Heavy snowfall in Bergamo caused a shift between Atalanta and FC Villarreal. Initially, the game was supposed to kick off 20 minutes later than originally planned, but “due to adverse weather conditions”, referee Anthony Taylor, together with the UEFA officials and the two teams, decided to postpone it to Thursday.

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