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
(All times Eastern)
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.