Pep Guardiola oversaw a comfortable victory over Barcelona on his first match against his former club
No surprise, then, as the European champions beat the side who want to be European champions again. Bayern came into this game the fitter of the two teams and, having started with a stronger line-up, were always likely to win. It took a 14th minute header from captain Philipp Lahm to give the hosts the lead and they dominated the rest of the first half against a Barcelona side missing some of their stars, such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and unable to match their opponents' pace and movement.
A more one-sided match was expected after the break when Barcelona changed their entire line-up and brought on a load of B team and academy players, but with Bayern also making changes and hardly busting a gut to get forward, the visitors began to dominate possession. They struggled to make a genuine impact, however, and Bayern wrapped up the win with Mario Mandzukic's goal near the end.
So a win for Pep Guardiola against his former side. As for me, it's dinner time. Thanks for the emails, bye!
That's it, all over at the Allianz Arena.
89 min: It was always the case that Bayern could step on the gas if they wanted and that's exactly how the second goal came about. The crowd, who had been a little tense, are in full voice now as Shaqiri's shot from the edge of the area wins a corner for the hosts.
That's a shame for Barca's little boys. Contento drove down the left side, picked up the ball and played an excellent cross towards the centre of the goal which Mandzukic was able to convert with ease.
85 min: Barcelona going for broke now and throwing players forward. Patric, who looks a decent player, exchanges passes with Roman and having driven into Bayern's area, hits a shot towards the near post which Starke is forced to save. The flag on the far side soon goes up, however, for offside. Interesting finish to this match, though.
"Do you know who the only team with a 100% competitive record against Barcelona is?" asks Simon McMahon. "Played 4, won 4. That's right, it's the world-famous Dundee United FC. Any excuse to wheel out my favourite piece of football trivia."
Well I never ...
81 min: A wasted chance by Shaqiri as he hits a weak effort at goal having done well to rob the ball off Patric. The blonde full-back is soon on the attack and Barcelona, once again, are knocking the ball about with some confidence. Ilie, playing in the in centre of midfield, has looked particularly impressive.
80 min: Pizarro almost makes it 2-0 there with a header from Shaqiri's cross. He couldn't quite make a full connection, however, under pressure inside the Barcelona six-yard area and the visitors (average age: 12) are able to clear.
78 min: Watched on by Guardiola, who incidentally is wearing a white shirt and smart brown trousers, Bayern continue to flit between attacking aggression and struggling to give a toss. Barcelona are back in possession again and making inroads into the Bayern half.
"They can't make insertions into the attacking third" read Nick White. "This Barca team you describe sounds an awful lot like Arsenal. If Barca do fall a couple notches below the Bayerns of the world, the disparaging Gunners comparisons will become a lot more frequent."
76 min: The boos appear to have worked as Bayern step up the pace a tad. Contento, playing at left-back, leads the surge and drills a low shot from distance with Oier is able to comfortably hold.
74 min: More Bayern changes: Emre Can on for Rafinha and Claudio Pizarro (he's still playing?!) on for Thiago.
72 min: Barcelona still keeping the ball well. There's now some boos from the crowd as they demand the hosts put some pressure on their oh-so-young opponents. If they wanted, Bayern could steamroller this lot, but where would be the fun in that?
"Very impressed with Lahm in his midfield role today," says Josn Challies. "Hope we continue to see performances like that throughout the season. Guardiola already making his mark." Indeed, Josh.
70 min: Barcelona are doing OK and Patric, playing at left-back, almost caused problems for Bayern with a cross-field pass that Roman was just unable to control. They remain in possession, however, with every man in yellow and blue looking comfortable on the ball.
68 min: Three more changes for Bayern, with the excellent Ribery being replaced by Diego Contento, Kroos being replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Boteng being replaced by Jan Kirchhoff.
"Good evening Sachin" says me old mucker Simon McMahon. "Looks like Guardiola has just given Ribery an adrenaline shot in the photo at the top of the MBM. Well, it is pre-season after all."
65 mins: Barcelona's pups are knocking the ball around pretty well. They can't make insertions into the attacking third, however, and Bayern are able to win the ball back. Again, however, the hosts are hardly breaking a sweat going forward.
61 min: As you can imagine, it's all Bayern in this second half but they're practically moving at tip-toe pace. Understable given this is a pre-season friendly. Just as I speak, however, a sloppy pass out by the Barca goalkeeper Oier, allows Ribery to poke the ball to Mandzukic, whose shot from inside the area is well saved by the recovering Oier.
"Watch out for Dongou," says Stephanie Blitz. "He was a star at the NextGen tournament 2 years ago. Great future ahead of him."
60 min: More Bayern changes - Daniel Van Buyten on for Dante, Luis Gustavo on for Lahm.
Thank goodness for Anna Pons who has just supplied me with the Barcelona second-half side:
Oier, Kiko Femenía, S. Gómez, Planas, Patric, Ilie, Espinosa, Quintillà,Roman, Dongou y Nieto
You're a legend Anna, a legend! As is Francisco Espinoza, who has also emailed me the team. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So the commentator has just said Barcelona have changed their entire team for the second-half, and, as said, they're B players and kids. Bloody hell ...
56 min: Bayern starting to assert themselves again. Ribery has just swung a cross out to Shaqiri, who looks lively. His deep cross is cleared away but Bayern are able to regain possession through Rafinha. Who is then fouled.
53 min: After failing to get out of walking pace, Bayern burst forward through Shaqiri. He looks to play in Mandzukic, who is unable to get a shot away. The Croatian does indeed look to be a direct replacement for Muller, with Shaqiri playing on the right-side instead of Robben. Lahm has remained in midfield, which I'm glad to see as he was excellent there in the first-half. An interesting tactical shift by Guardiola which is bearing early fruit.
From what I can tell from the commentators, there Barca subs are B team and youth players. A bloody nightmare for me - will try best to get on top of the names, please bear with me.
49 min: A very slow start so far, so slow in fact that Barcelona are able to make progress. They have the first corner of the half, which is taken by one of their subs, Espinoza.
Second-half underway at the Allianz Arena. Both team have made changes at the break. I'm going to struggle to get to grips with them all, but Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Mandzukic and the goalkeeper Tom Starke have all come on for Bayern, not 100% for who - Starke is obviously on for Manuel Neurer, and there is no sign of Robben, so presume Shaqiri is on for him. I presume Mandzukic is on for Muller, but will need to confirm.
News on Barcelona changes when I can make sense of them.
Glenn Hoddle has just called Bayern Munich's captain and goalscorer "Little lamb". He earlier called their manager "Gadiola". Good grief man, get a grip.
If Barcelona's players need any inspiration at half-time, their stand-in managers Jordi Roura and Rubi should just stick this on.
No shock in the scoreline and no shock in the pattern of the match as Bayern, fitter and with more first-team players in action, have pretty much dominated. Captain Philipp Lahm gave them the lead with a header on 14 minutes following a cross from the half's outstanding performer Franck Ribery.
Barcelona have had chances, most notably from Lionel Messi and Cristian Tello, but they look well off the pace and well short of quality.
Second-half to come
44 min: Oooh, a chance for Barcelona as Rafinha chests a cross from the right onto the post. Barcelona's corner is cleared but from the right-side Tello drills in a cross which leads to another corner. Messi swings the ball in but Bayern are able to clear their lines. And it's half-time.
44 min: Another Barcelona player is booked for a foul on Ribery and this time it's Barta.
43 min: Bayern are practically camped in the Barcelona half now, with their back-four pushed right up to the halfway line. A dangerous tactic when Barcelona break, as they've just done, but the Bayern defence were able to get back and stop Tello and Roberto linking up inside the hosts' area.
41 min: The first booking of the match and, what a shock, it's gone to Javier Mascherano for a lazy lunge on Ribery. To be fair I'd be hacking the Frenchman down by now if I was playing for Barca - he's been a constant pest.
Barcelona's midfield three of Roberto, Song and Jonathan dos Santos have struggled to make any impact in this match. Being bypassed on the way forward and struggling to offer any protection defensively. Don't worry Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta - your places are safe.
38 min: Oh that was close for Barcelona! There was suddenly a spring in the visitors' step there, they got the ball forward quickly and finding himself in space, Tello cut in from the left-hand side and hit a rasping shot which went just wide of the far post. Better from the visitors and proof that they remain a threat in this friendly.
35 min: Bartra brings down Ribery on the edge of Barcelona's area. Kroos sends in the free-kick but it's cleared. Bayern are, however, quickly able to regain possession and after some good work by the right-back Rafinha, Ribery hits a first-time shot at goal which Pinto holds at the first attempt. The pressure simply keeps coming.
Franz Beckenbauer is wearing red trousers. That is all.
31 min: Adriano forced into another important clearance as Muller poked the ball across the face of the goal following yet more incisive attacking from Bayern's left-hand side, with Alaba again joining in the attack. Barcelona really need to cut off the supply from that side. Montoya and Bartra are under siege, getting no help from the midfielders ahead of them.
It's just been announced that this game will be 45 minutes each half after all. Apparently Karl-Heinez Rummenigge, Bayern's chief executive, has demanded it be so.
27 min: Another chance for Bayern as Lahm's cross from just inside the area is headed clear by Barta under pressure from Danta. Nothing comes form the resulting corner.
26 min: It's all happening down Bayern's left with Ribery leading their quick, slick attacks from that side. Barcelona arew making heavy weather of clearing their lines at times as theiur defenders try, as ever, to pass their way into midfield, but given the nature of their fitness levels it's probably best they just get rid.
24 min: Barcelona are keeping the ball reasonably well but struggling to be incisive in possession. They've just twice found Cristian Tello on the left wing but both times he was stopped in his tracks.
22 min: Bayern are able to step on the gas at will here and for all of Barcelona's recent pressure, it's still the hosts who look most likely to score. Ribery and Robben almost opened the visitors up before the former appeared to be brought down in the area by the increasingly wayward Marc Bartra. In a competitive game that could well have been a penalty.
20 min: Barcelona are on top here and Messi almost caused some problems for Bayern with a low, drilled shot from the edge of the area which Jerome Boateng didn't know much about but was still able to block.
17 min: A bad miss for Barcelona! The visitors, having build some possession, went on the attack through youngster Sergi Roberto, who having played the ball out to Montoya, got it back and with the goal in his sights, managed to poke the ball wide of the post. That should have been 1-1.
This has the makings of becoming a slog of an evening for Barcelona who look well off the pace. Understandably so. Montoya in particular needs help against a rampant Ribery.
Well that was coming. Ribery, again, is at the heart of the attack, whipping in a cross under no pressure whatsoever from Montoya, which Phillip Lahm, playing in midfield, is able to head over Pinto.
13 min: Barcelona struggling to assert themselves in this game but they've slowly started to build some possession, which is then ruined as Montoya boots the ball out for a throw-in. He really is having a shocker. From the throw, Ribery gets the ball and drills in another cross, which Javier Mascherano has to hack away. It's a siege.
"They actually look like early 80's McDonald's uniforms" says Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo of Barca's strip. Not quite, but I know what you mean!
10 min: Bayern moving forward with real purpose and David Alaba has also tested Pinto with a stinging drive. Bayern now have a free-kick on the left-side of Barca's area following a foul by Martin Montoya on Ribery. The Frenchman is causing the Barca right-back all sorts of problems so far, that certainly looks like a key area for the hosts.
8min: A surprisingly lively start to this game and after surviving Messi's early shot, Bayern are control proceedings now, moving the ball quickly and slickly. That should be the pattern of this game given the respective different levels these sides are at currently.
"The colours (of Barca's away kit) represent the Catalan national flag called la senyera," says Pauline Shaw. "Better than many previous shirts".
A valid point Pauline, and on reflection it's actually not bad. Quite startling initially, however.
5min: Bayern go close! Franck Ribery made a really positive run down the left-wing, drilled a cross towards the far post where Arjen Robben was waiting to slide the ball in, his shot was well blocked by Adriano however and deflected over for a corner that came to nothing.
3min: First save of the match as Jose Pinto is forced to save a long-range drive from Toni Kross. It was a stinging drive from the midfielder that was definitely on its way in and required the goalkeeper to stop with a flying dive. Pretty even so far.
1 min: First shot of the match and it's come from Lionel Messi. Came from a quick, positive start from Barcelona. Messi picked the ball up just outsider the Bayern area, drifted right to left and let fly a shot which went just wide of the post.
So we're finally off. Barcelona kick-off and are playing left to right as I see it. Remember this is 40 minutes each half.
"Hi Sachin," chirps Stephen John Wingrove. "In the photo, I think Pep may well be explaining to Ribéry the importance of putting on your shoes before going out in the morning. It’s certainly a tricky one."
It looks like a lovely warm evening in Munich. A full-house at the home of the European champions. We're very close to kick-off.
Teams out again and we should be starting very shortly. Bayern have stuck with those blue shorts and socks but they now have blue shirts on, so all OK. Barcelona, meanwhile, are in yet another garish away kit - yellow and red vertical stripes. Not good boys, not good.
Right then, this match will kick-off at 5.40pm, but in proper we-can't-take-this-too-seriously, pre-season mode, both halves will be reduced to 40 minutes. That's 10 minutes of live MBM updates you're missing out on folks. Blame the Germans, blame them.
The teams are warming up, both looking relaxed as they wait for the delayed kick-off to take place. I am hoping Bayern's players swap these blue shorts and socks with red ones. Come on lads, stop dicking around.
Just been informed by Sky's host (can't remember the name) that kick-off is delayed here due to problems with the underground system around the Allianz Arena. Not sure how long the delay will be for.
Teams on their way out. Bayern appear to be wearing blue shorts and socks alongside their traditional red shirts. Hmmm....
Neuer; Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Alaba; Thiago, Lahm, Kroos; Ribéry, Robben, Müller.
Pinto; Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano; Song, Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto; Alexis, Messi, Tello.
Still waiting for the teams, until then here is ... actually I don't know what this is.
We know pre-season friendlies are boring. Fitness exercises and money-making extravaganzas the lot of them, not worth a second of our time or a glance of our eyes. It's the summer; forget football and have an ice lolly, we all say. Sometimes, though, there comes along a friendly which has the potential to be, you know, quite good, interesting, refreshingly competitive. And that appears to be what we have in store this evening as Bayern Munich take on Barcelona at the Allianz Arena.
There are plot-lines galore – the first being this first meeting since Bayern undressed and unpicked their Catalan opponents in the semi-finals of last season's Champions League, winning 7-0 on aggregate and sending out the clear message that the boys from Bavaria meant business – further proof of which came with victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final.
Then there is the man who now patrols the Bayern dugout, a certain Pep Guardiola, he of the shaven head and era-defining, eye-bogging success at Camp Nou, when he won close to 700 trophies in four season playing football a level about the Gods. He now has the unenviable task of following Jupp 'make mine a treble' Heynckes and has started by having a pop at his old club, accusing the Barcelona board of disturbing his “peace” after deciding to take a sabbatical in 2012.
Things got ugly when his successor at Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, claimed Guardiola rarely came to see him while he underwent treatment for throat cancer in New York and then painfully sad when Vilanova resigned last week after suffering a relapse.
Vilanova's replacement is the Argentinian Gerardo “Tata” Martino but he signed too late to be involved in this match, when – and here comes plotline No3 – the former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to feature against his old side having signed for Bayern for £21.6m earlier this month.
Such much to mull over then and that's even before we get to the football, which even at this stage of proceedings is likely to range from 'pretty decent' to 'oh-my-god-did-you-see-what-he-just-did-there?' Well, from the hosts certainly, who have scored 59 goals in eight pre-season friendlies so far and may use this match as a serious warm-up for Saturday's Super Cup match against Dortmund. Barca, meanwhile, have not played a single warm-up match and are missing a host of big names given a rest after their involvement in the Confederations Cup.
Anyway, teams to come shortly. First, here are highlights of Bayern's 4-0 win over Barcelona from their Champions League meeting in Germany last April. Warning: There is no commentary and the cameraman was only able to get a seat in row ZZ alongside some increasingly miffed Barca fans.
Sachin will be here shortly.
In the meantime read about that 7-0 aggregate shellacking the last time the two sides met.
"Missió Possible", Catalan television had been calling it. That, however, was before the news filtered through that Lionel Messi was not fit enough to play. From a bad start, the night then just got worse for Barcelona.
Bayern were simply too refined, too strong and too expertly assembled and, over the two legs, an aggregate victory of 7-0 does not flatter them in the slightest.
Their place in the final, confirming an all-German event at Wembley on 25 May, was probably assured from the moment the team-sheets were handed in, bearing in mind what has become so apparent over the last few weeks: that Barcelona without Messi can resemble an expensive toy without batteries. Even so, there was something fairly remarkable about the way Bayern comprehensively set about from where they had left off in the first leg.