Champions League - Semi-Finals - 1st Leg
Barcelona3Bayern Munich0

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich

Lionel Messi scores Barcelona's second goal against Bayern Munich
Messi is the Champions League all-time top scorer with 77 goals
  • Barcelona have now won 16 of their last 17 games
  • Guardiola endures humbling return to Nou Camp
  • Messi, Suarez & Neymar have 111 goals this season
  • Deportivo in 2004 only side to overturn three-goal CL lead

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona struck three times in the final 13 minutes of the first leg to whisk their Champions League semi-final tie away from a stubborn Bayern Munich side.

The hosts seemed set for a frustrating night before Messi fired a low shot home from the edge of the area.

Three minutes later he skipped past Jerome Boateng and dinked home coolly.

Led by ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola, Bayern pushed for an away goal and were punished again as Neymar raced clear.

Until the devastating conclusion, the Germans had produced an excellent tactical display.

Firing blanks
Bayern Munich failed to get a shot on target for the first time in a Champions League game since losing 2-1 to Bordeaux in October 2009.
Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani scored at both ends for the French side.

Stripped of the twin attacking threats of the injured Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, they frustrated the hosts for large periods and could have had a goal of their own had Robert Lewandowski connected cleanly with Thomas Muller's cross.

But while Guardiola's four trophy-filled years at the Nou Camp had been based on monopolising possession and patient build-up, the Barcelona that has emerged in his absence is a more dynamic animal.

Their attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Messi and Neymar - while never entirely shackled - had seemed well-guarded after an open initial 15 minutes, but they burst into life at the end.

Guardiola predicted before the match that it was "impossible" to stifle Messi, but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's hurried free-kick that gifted Barcelona the lead was very avoidable.

As possession turned over the Argentina forward took advantage of a pocket of space to fire home.

If Messi's first was preventable, his second was irresistible as he left Boateng floundering and deftly lifted the ball over the giant frame of Neuer.

Guardiola's opening gambit on his return to Catalonia had been a back three of Rafinha, Boateng and Medhi Benatia, but that was hastily re-jigged as an under-staffed defence was initially stretched horribly out of shape.

If that tactical mistake went unpunished, Barcelona were more ruthless as Bayern pushed forward late on and Neymar scampered clear in injury time to seemingly end the tie as a contest.

Bayern require more of the fighting spirit that saw them recover from 3-1 adrift against Porto in the previous round.

Ominously for English teams it was a match that suggested a chasm in class - rather than a statistical anomaly - is behind their recent absence from the latter stages of the competition.

Phillip Lahm
Bayern's defeat comes after they were knocked out of the German Cup by Borussia Dortmund
Manuel Neuer and Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez arrived at Barcelona in a £75m move from Liverpool last summer
Pep Guardiola
Bayern boss Guardiola - far right - won 14 trophies in four years in charge of Barcelona
Nou Camp crowd
Barcelona have not been to the Champions League final since 2011

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Dani AlvesBooked at 46mins
  • 3PiquéBooked at 66mins
  • 14MascheranoSubstituted forBartraat 89'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forXaviat 82'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forRafinhaat 87'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 15Bartra
  • 21Adriano
  • 23Vermaelen

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 5BenatiaBooked at 52mins
  • 17Boateng
  • 13Rafinha
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 21Lahm
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 35mins
  • 18BernatBooked at 56mins
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forGötzeat 79'minutes
  • 31Schweinsteiger
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 4Dante
  • 8Javi Martínez
  • 14Pizarro
  • 16Gaudino
  • 19Götze
  • 23Reina
  • 30Weiser
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
95,639

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, FC Bayern München 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, FC Bayern München 0.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, FC Bayern München 0. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Mario Götze (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Marc Bartra replaces Javier Mascherano.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Andrés Iniesta.

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, FC Bayern München 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mario Götze replaces Thomas Müller.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 1, FC Bayern München 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dani Alves.

Attempt missed. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

Foul by Medhi Benatia (FC Bayern München).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara with a cross following a corner.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München).

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar.

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