Bayern Munich have strolled through to the UEFA Champions League final and completed an amazing demolition of Barcelona with a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
The German side had stunningly beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg and it got better for them when Lionel Messi started on the bench.
Second half goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller, as well as an own goal from Gerard Pique, sealed Bayern’s place in the final opposite Borussia Dortmund and hammered home a 7-0 thrashing on aggregate.
The game started out in a manner in which we expected the whole tie to go. Bayern were defending like a unit and disrupting Barcelona’s passing style, but now they had that lead to defend. Pedro’s long-range piledriver that was tipped over by Manuel Neuer was an example of Barcelona being forced to change ideals.
The Catalan club should have got a goal back in the 27th minute when Dani Alves’ cross fell to Xavi in the penalty area, but the experienced midfielder volleyed well over from six yards. It was a great opportunity and Xavi will be very disappointed by his lack of composure.
Bayern getting the first goal on the night would confirm their status as finalists and they got it in the 48th minute. Adriano allowed Robben to come inside onto his deadly left foot and the Dutch international bent the ball perfectly into the top corner, giving Victor Valdes no chance in the Barcelona goal.
The life was sucked out of Barcelona with Robben’s goal and it got worse for the La Liga side when Bayern made it 2-0 on the night. Luis Gustavo’s pass unlocked the defence as Franck Ribery swept past the lethargic Alves and crossed low towards Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian would have tapped home if Pique didn’t beat him to it and swipe the ball wildly into his own net.
The home side could have pulled a goal back a minute later. Alves’ whipped cross was attacked by the head of David Villa, but the Spain striker clipped the side of the post with his powerful header.
Amazingly enough, Bayern got another goal, which it made it 7-0 on aggregate. Ribery went on a mazy run and lifted the ball to the back post where Muller was waiting to nod in. It was a well-worked goal and completed the rout which no-one saw coming.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)