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Bayern turn on the style to blow Barcelona away

Published: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 22.50CET
FC Bayern München 4-0 FC Barcelona
Thomas Müller scored twice as Bayern recorded the biggest victory in a semi-final game and closed in on a third final in four years.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernBarcelona

Goals scored4
 
0
on target9
 
2
off target4
 
2
Corners11
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)37
 
63

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 22.50CET

Bayern turn on the style to blow Barcelona away

FC Bayern München 4-0 FC Barcelona
Thomas Müller scored twice as Bayern recorded the biggest victory in a semi-final game and closed in on a third final in four years.

FC Bayern München made giant strides towards a third UEFA Champions League final in four seasons with a memorable semi-final first-leg triumph against FC Barcelona.

The Bundesliga champions' record-breaking campaign reached fresh heights as Thomas Müller started and finished the scoring on a famous night in Munich. Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben added further goals to secure a landmark victory which inflicted a heaviest European away defeat on Barcelona and left the four-time trophy winners with a mountain to climb in next Wednesday's Camp Nou return.

After stepping out to a magnificently choreographed red-and-white display which spanned the entire arena, Bayern harnessed the home support and began powerfully, driving forward and creating the game's first opportunity just two minutes in. Javi Martínez's back-heel gave Robben time to set himself in the box only for the Dutchman to poke straight at Víctor Valdés.

Once the early advances subsided, Barcelona started to dominate possession and their incessant pressing forced Bayern to move the ball quickly out of defence. Though used to controlling matches, playing on the counterattack nevertheless seemed to suit the hosts, who looked dangerous on either flank and broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Dante nodded Robben's cross back for Müller to head past Valdés at the near post.

Barça came close to equalising when Pedro Rodríguez's low cross was taken off the toes of the returning Lionel Messi in the centre by Dante, but otherwise Bayern continued to enjoy the upper hand, winning the duels in the middle and raiding with purpose.

The visitors regained their composure towards the interval, but were undone once more four minutes after it, as Bayern doubled their tally. Müller was again involved, heading Robben's corner into the danger zone for Gomez, deputising for the suspended Mario Mandžukić, to tap in. It was the perfect tonic for any home fans fearful of a Barcelona revival and inspired a flurry of further chances.

First Müller dragged past the post after a diagonal run. Franck Ribéry was then unable to apply the finish after being fed by Robben, who next rose above Alexis Sánchez to glance Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick wide.

The ball remained Blaugrana property for the most part, yet for all the intricate passing of Messi, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, Bayern always had a body in the way. Marc Bartra might have pulled one back from close range, but Neuer made the save and the Bavarians' back line would not be threatened again.

Instead, Barcelona were caught out twice more before the end. Robben notched Bayern's third after a swift counterattack, drifting in from the right and slotting into the far corner, before Müller tapped in the fourth with eight minutes remaining. It signalled Barça's biggest defeat since May 2007 and reversed Bayern's 4-0 quarter-final loss at Camp Nou in 2009 – and, most crucially, took the German champions to the brink of a second successive final.

Last updated: 06/06/13 14.38CET

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Lineups

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Bayern

barcelona

Barcelona

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
DanteDante
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution89
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Yellow Card46
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal73
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Yellow Card90+2
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Yellow Card87
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
10
MessiLionel Messi
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal25
Goal82
Substitution83
15
BartraMarc Bartra
Yellow Card39
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card87
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution83
33
GomezMario Gomez
Yellow Card37
Goal49
Substitution71
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Yellow Card89

Substitutes

22
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
11
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution89
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution83
13
RafinhaRafinha
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Substitution83
19
MontoyaMartín Montoya
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Substitution71
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
25
SongAlex Song

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Tito Vilanova (ESP)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Gabor Erös (HUN)

Fourth official

György Ring (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

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