It’s the marquee matchup of the opening day of UEFA Champions League football: Two of Europe’s storied clubs will be going at it when FC Barcelona host Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou.
No one is giving a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona a shot in this game, especially not with Bayern Munich firing on all cylinders to start the season. The German side has already won five of its first six official matches. Meanwhile, Barcelona has only had a chance to play three games in La Liga and it’s still undefeated as a new scoring hero has emerged for the Blaugrana: Dutchman Memphis Depay.
The two teams are expected to make it out of Group E, which also features Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) and Benfica (Portugal). Only the top two teams will advance from the group, and Benfica will be ready to capitalize on any missteps from Barcelona as it seeks to find its footing again following the departure of club icon Messi during the summer.
Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights.
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich live score
BAY — Thomas Muller — 34th min.
(All times Eastern)
52nd min.: After a neat combination in the penalty area, Leroy Sane gets a shot off in the box that’s stopped by Ter Stegen with a kick save. The Bayern attackers can weave their way through with relative ease.
46th min.: The second half is underway. Will Bayern pour it on against Barcelona?
Halftime: Barcelona 0, Bayern Munich 1
Halftime: Did Bayern Munich break a sweat in that half? It was such a comfortable half for the German side, which wasn’t ever too troubled by what Barcelona had to offer. It felt like Bayern’s goal was coming: The team’s attackers were simply more enterprising and dangerous than their predictable Barcelona counterparts. It’s taken this Barcelona playing in Europe for fans to witness just how far Barcelona has fallen after a summer that saw the club lose some of its best players. This Barcelona might have a tough time getting out of the group. It’s sad to see.
🤤 Successful dribbles in the first half of Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich
🇩🇪 Jamal Musiala – 4⃣
🇪🇸 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙖 – 4⃣
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 14, 2021
40th min.: What a play by Alphonso Davies. Memphis Depay just tried to get by him and Davies schooled him: He stripped Depay of the ball and glided right by him.
38th min.: Barcelona’s first real attempt is weak. A cross by Jordi Alba from the left and it’s over the head of Frenkie de Jong, who made a run into the box.
34th min.: Goal Bayern! Thomas Muller has space to fire a shot from 20 yards out and it takes a deflection off the back of Eric Garcia and gets past Ter Stegen. Bayern is up and wants more.
31st min.: Bayern into the Barcelona box again! The German attackers are more fluid with their movement and ready to interchange and combine. That’s causing issues for Barcelona, but it’s an offside that foils Bayern here.
27th min.: Fantastic sliding block by Pique in the box to foil Bayern. Then a minute later Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo had a wide open set-piece header in the Bayern box that he sends high. Both sides coming close.
21st min.: Many were expecting Barcelona to get crushed in this one and it’s not like that at all. Barcelona is very much in this game.
19th min.: Chance for Bayern! Sergi Roberto with a giveaway in his own half and it’s Leroy Sane with a shot that Ter Stegen has to punch away.
15th min.: Sergi Roberto meets a cross from the left side with a shot over the bar. Barcelona are getting through and behind the Bayern back line. Looks like the Blaugrana are targeting that left attacking flank (away from Alphonso Davies).
10th min.: Wow. Ball into Lewandowski in the box and Ronald Araujo pushes him in the box and Lewandowski hits the ground after trying to stay on his feet. Looked like a penalty, but the English officials weren’t interested.
9th min.: Lewandowski wins a free kick for Bayern about 25 yards out, but the German side can’t take advantage. This game can’t get out of gear.
5th min.: Referee Michael Oliver shows Joshua Kimmich an early yellow card for pulling down Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong. Nothing comes of the ensuing free kick.
4th min.: Slow pace to start this one. Barcelona knocking it around in its own half under the Bayern pressure.
1st min.: We’re off. Bayern immediately high pressing.
2:58 p.m. ET: The Barcelona faithful don’t enjoy the Champions League theme song like some of us do:
Big whistles for UEFA anthem at Camp Nou pre-game.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) September 14, 2021
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: Starting lineups
FC Barcelona starting lineup (3-5-2, left to right): 1-Ter Stegen-GK — 24-Eric Garcia, 3-Pique, 4-Ronald Araujo — 18-Jordi Alba, 16-Pedri, 5-Sergi Busquets, 21-Frenkie de Jong, 20-Sergi Roberto — 17-Luuk de Jong, 9-Memphis Depay
Bayern Munich starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Neuer-GK — 19-Davies, 4-Sule, 2-Upamecano, 5-Pavard — 6-Kimmich, 8-Goretzka — 42-Musiala, 25-Muller, 10-Sane — 9-Lewandowski
How to watch Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich
- Date: Tues, Sept. 14
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV , Paramount+
- Streaming (Canada): DAZN
Barcelona vs. Bayern will be televised by Univision’s UniMas and TUDN networks. Both channels are carried by fuboTV (free 7-day trial for new subscribers). Paramount+ will have an English-language stream of the match.
DAZN has the UEFA Champions League rights in Canada and will stream the match for subscribers.