Muller makes Barcelona suffer once more after breaking German Champions League record

Muller Gnabry Barcelona Bayern
The all-action Bayern star marked his record 113th appearance in style as Barca were run ragged in the first half

Thomas Muller clearly enjoys big Champions League clashes against Barcelona, scoring yet again in a match against the Catalans in a landmark appearance for the Bayern Munich stalwart. 

Muller, 30, started for the Bavarians on Friday in their quarter-final clash in Lisbon's Estadio da Luz, as they vied with Barca for a place in the semi-finals of the European competition. 

It was the forward's 113th Champions League appearance, setting a new German record ahead of former Bayern team-mate Philipp Lahm. 

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is just four behind, while Germany legend Oliver Kahn and Real Madrid star Toni Kroos complete the top five. 

Barca have more often than not struggled to contain Muller's talents, and so it proved again as he opened the scoring almost immediately after the quarter-final clash began. 

Muller linked up with Robert Lewandowski to fire past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, netting in the process his fifth goal against the Catalans — a feat managed only by Andriy Shevchenko in the Champions League. 

Bayern's early lead proved short-lived, as David Alaba sliced a Jordi Alba cross past Neuer to level the scores with just seven minutes on the clock. 

But with both sides throwing men forward and demonstrating some rather suspect defending, it was the Bundesliga champions who went on to take advantage in the first half. 

Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry both scored in quick succession to restore Bayern's advantage, before Muller popped up again to put his side 4-1 up inside the opening half-hour - taking his own tally against Barca to a record six. 

Article continues below

Perhaps the only real surprise in Lisbon was that, of Die Roten's four opening goals, Champions League top scorer Lewandowski had not hit a single one. 

The Poland international did have a hand in Muller's opening strike, though, marking an impressive feat of his own. 

Lewandowski now heads not only the competition's goal charts, with 13, but has also managed five assists, more than anyone else in the current edition.