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Messi double puts Barça in control against Bayern

Published: Wednesday 6 May 2015, 22.48CET
FC Barcelona 3-0 FC Bayern München
It took until the 77th minute for the visitors' resolve to be broken but two Lionel Messi goals and a late third by Neymar finally put Barça in charge.

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Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts17
 
8
on target8
 
0
off target7
 
5
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
15
Passes448
 
556
completed375
 
488

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Published: Wednesday 6 May 2015, 22.48CET

Messi double puts Barça in control against Bayern

FC Barcelona 3-0 FC Bayern München
It took until the 77th minute for the visitors' resolve to be broken but two Lionel Messi goals and a late third by Neymar finally put Barça in charge.

Barcelona on verge of eighth European Cup final with first-leg win over Bayern
Manuel Neuer makes first-half saves from Luis Suárez and Daniel Alves
Lionel Messi finally cracks Bayern's resolve and adds quick second (77, 80)
Argentinian sets up Neymar for stoppage-time third (90+4)
Second leg at Fußball Arena München next Tuesday

FC Barcelona are on the brink of reaching their eighth European Cup showpiece after finally breaking FC Bayern München's resistance in the last 13 minutes of this UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg, Lionel Messi scoring two goals before creating a late third for Neymar.

In a pulsating first half, Barcelona largely held the upper hand and Bayern had cause to be grateful to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who saved one-on-ones with Luis Suárez and Daniel Alves to keep the score blank at the break. Robert Lewandowski had spurned an equally presentable opening for the visitors, yet just when it was starting to look like they would escape unscathed, Messi – making his 100th European appearance – eventually found a way through 13 minutes from time. Three minutes later his sublime control and delicate chip made it 2-0 before the No10's added-time pass released Neymar to roll in a third.

Josep Guardiola, making his first return to the Camp Nou in the opposition ranks, opted to play three at the back, marking man for man from the off. The policy nearly backfired as Suárez latched onto Messi's flick from Marc-André ter Stegen's kick and bore down on Neuer unchallenged – but the goalkeeper's outstretched right leg blocked his shot.

Moments later Suárez wriggled free inside the penalty area and found Neymar at the far post; Bayern's Rafinha deflected the effort behind and that was the cue for the Bundesliga champions to switch to a more familiar back four.

Guardiola had been able to call on Robert Lewandowski despite the forward suffering jaw and nose injuries the previous week and, though the Pole was anonymous early on, he took centre stage in the 18th minute only to fluff his lines. Thomas Müller won possession and his cross picked out the unmarked Lewandowski; the striker was unable to apply the finishing touch.

Messi's greatest hits

That scare aside, Barcelona – beaten 7-0 on aggregate by Bayern in their last UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2013 – seemed the more likely, Suárez nodding over from a corner. Six minutes before the interval Bayern were caught out again as Andrés Iniesta lifted a wonderful pass over their defence. Alves controlled on his chest; again Neuer blocked with his legs.

Bayern began the second period on the front foot yet it was the home side who continued to appear the more dangerous. Messi traded passes with Neymar to create space to shoot; Neuer was right behind it. The goalkeeper then watched Neymar's attempt sail over after Ivan Rakitić had fed the Brazilian.

Barcelona, and Messi, would not be denied, however. Alves did the legwork for the 77th-minute breakthrough, robbing Juan Bernat and finding Messi; the forward duly fired inside Neuer's near post. With Bayern rocking, the Blaugrana maestro capitalised again moments later, collecting Rakitić's pass and leaving Jérôme Boateng floundering before clipping over Neuer.

Bayern's hopes were hanging by a thread, and they all but disappeared in the closing seconds. Messi's ball sent Neymar clear of the visiting rearguard and this time Neuer had no answer as a composed finish left Barça with one foot in the final.

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Barcelona's dressing room before the match

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A pre-match view of the Bayern changing room

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Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski played wearing a mask

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Lionel Messi tangles with Juan Bernat

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Robert Lewandowski (centre) faces Javier Mascherano and Gerard Piqué

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Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer beats Luis Suárez to the ball

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Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivan Rakitić contest possession in midfield

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Neymar after passing up another Barcelona opportunity

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Juan Bernat challenges Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi after putting Barcelona in front

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Lionel Messi beats Manuel Neuer to make it 2-0


Last updated: 27/07/16 15.59CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

bayern

Bayern

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card66
3
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card35
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution82
5
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Yellow Card52
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution87
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
13
RafinhaRafinha
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal77
Goal80
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
11
NeymarNeymar
Yellow Card69
Goal90+4
18
BernatJuan Bernat
Yellow Card56
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Substitution89
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
25
MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution79
22
Dani AlvesDani Alves
Yellow Card46
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger

Substitutes

13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution82
4
DanteDante
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
12
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution87
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
15
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution89
16
GaudinoGianluca Gaudino
21
AdrianoAdriano
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution79
23
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
30
WeiserMitchell Weiser

Coach

Luis Enrique (ESP) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

Legend:

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