Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
A record attendance was set in the Champions League group game between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at Camp Nou as the host had to rely on three second-half goals to see off the former German Champions.
After their Champions League performance at top team FC Barcelona in front of almost 50,000 spectators in the venerable Camp Nou, the FC Bayern footballers were disillusioned.
“Of course, we are disappointed with the result. We gave up the game in the 20 minutes after halftime,” said the English striker Georgia Stanway after the 0-3 defeat on Thursday evening.
“Barcelona has an incredible team. But we know where our mistakes were and we have to work on that in the next training sessions and games.”
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The Munich women appeared very organized in the first 45 minutes after holding the Catalan side to a goalless draw.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t finish our counterattacks consistently. We knew it would be very difficult,” said Bayern coach Alexander Straus after the guest appearance in front of 46,967 fans – a record crowd in the group stage of the premier class.
Aitana Bonmati (60th) and Claudia Pina (66th) with a remarkable long-range shot from around 23 meters increased for the dominant hosts.
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Barça remains leaders in Group D with nine points and an impressive goal difference of 16:1. FC Bayern are directly behind with six points from three games. On December 7th, the women of Munich welcome FC Barcelona.
After the Brazilian Geyse went behind (47th minute), the top Spanish favorites increased the pressure for the title and combined better and better until Maria-Luisa Grohs scored.
“Barcelona had a chance or two in the first half. But you can’t prevent everything against a team like that,” said defender Maximiliane Rall. “It’s bitter that we conceded three goals in 20 minutes right after half-time, which of course makes it difficult.”
“In the second half we weren’t as present and unfortunately we weren’t able to set any accents going forward. Now it’s time to analyze why we can do better in the Allianz Arena,” said offensive player Klara Bühl.
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