LISBON (Dispatches) - German champions Bayern Munich have utterly humiliated Barcelona with an extraordinary 8-2 demolition job that sent them through into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Thomas Mueller scored twice for a rampant Bayern, who led 4-1 after 31 astonishing minutes, as Lionel Messi and his team mates were condemned to a thrashing that felt like the end of an era for the illustrious Catalan club.
"We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I’m looking for,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique, adding that the historic defeat called for urgent changes across the club.
Barca coach Quique Setien, who is unlikely to survive the looming inquest, called the drubbing "a tremendously painful defeat”.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick hailed an "outstanding” display from his side but stressed that they were firmly focused on the semifinal, which will be against Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais.
Mueller added: "We had so much fun today. Of course, Barcelona are special, so we had to be even more aggressive and come back again and again.
"You can imagine we feel good after this match but we have to be quiet and regenerate.”
The scoreline recalled Germany’s 7-1 semifinal win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, a game where Flick was on the bench as the national team’s assistant coach.
It began with Bayern grabbing a fourth minute lead when Mueller collected Ivan Perisic’s cross from the left and played a clever one-two with Robert Lewandowski before drilling home.