Champions League match between Bayern Munich, Barcelona to be played behind closed doors

Bayern Munich, Barcelona match to be played behind closed doors as rates of coronavirus infection rise in Bavaria

By Web Desk
December 04, 2021
The view of Allianz Arena. Photo Source:Twitter

The UEFA Champions League Group E match on December 9 between giants Bayern Munich and Barcelona will be played behind closed doors at the iconic Allianz Arena in Munich, as rates of coronavirus infection rise in Bavaria.

Minister-president of Bavaria Markus Soder said earlier this week he was planning such a move, saying "football has a great role-model function".

Meanwhile, from Group E, Bayern Munich have already qualified for the knockout stages as they sit on top winning five out of five games.

While, Barcelona who are currently second with seven points and Benfica third with five points will battle it out for the second spot in the last 16.

In order to seal the last 16 berth, Barcelona would need to win against the unstoppable Bayern in their backyard as a draw or defeat would open the way for Benfica who would make the knockout stages ahead of the Catalans with a win over Dynamo Kiev.

In the last meeting with the German giants, Barcelona were outclassed by lost 3-0 at the their home ground, Nou Camp in September.

Though, their last visit to Allianz Arena was a 3-2 semi-final second-leg defeat in March 2015 but they progressed due to a better aggregate courtsey of a 3-0 win in first-leg.

They also went on to beat Juventus in the final and clinch their fifth and most recent Champions League title.