Bayern Munich cruised into the Champions League semifinals with an almighty thrashing of Barcelona on Friday, scoring four times in each half to hand the Spanish side their biggest ever European defeat.
The German champions who are on course for a treble having won a league and cup double will face the winner of Manchester City vs Lyon in the last four.
The win was as emphatic as they come and sent out out an ominous message to their Champions League rivals.
While Bayern were majestic for the entirety of the encounter, Barca looked completely out of their depth and were an absolute shambles and appeared shell shocked and incapable of basic defending.
A breathless opening 10 minutes saw Bayern take the lead through Thomas Muller who fired home following a one-two with Robert Lewandowski before David Alaba comically sliced a Jordi Alba cross into his own net to restore parity. Luis Suarez was then denied by Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi hit the post with a curling cross through a packed box.
Bayern took control thereafter with Ivan Perisic smashing in a deflected second before Serge Gnabry finished off a delightful ball over the top from Leon Goretzka, and Muller tapped in his second at the near post.
Suarez appeared to give Barca some hope just after the break with a neat turn and finish, but any thoughts of a stirring comeback was cruelly snuffed out when Joshua Kimmich side footed home following some stunning skill and speed and excellent delivery from Alphonse Davies.
Robert Lewandowski headed his 14th Champions League goal in just eight games before Barca’s humiliation was made worse as Philippe Coutinho – on loan from the Spanish side – netted a seventh and eighth after coming off the bench.
Bayern are now the only past winners left in the competition, having won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, most recently in 2013 and on the strength of tonight’s one-sided demolition of a fellow European heavyweight, look odds on to add a sixth trophy to their cabinet.