Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: UEFA Champions League live scores, blog

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    Bayern Munich secured a vital win in the Champions League. (TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN)

    Barcelona will need a minor miracle to overturn a four-goal deficit when they host Bayern Munich at Camp Nou this morning. We’ll have live scores from 4.45am AEST.

    If there were any football fans yet to take notice of the continually rising German power, Bayern Munich’s four-nil demolition of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-final certainly would have done the job.

    It is quite the rare phenomenon to see Barcelona comprehensively outplayed, however Bayern’s performance last week was truly a footballing master-class to savour.

    The significant first leg defeat has already seen many commentators question whether Barcelona’s reign on top of Europe is over, with Bayern poised, ready and waiting to take the crown.

    It’s hard to believe that a team who has all but won back the Spanish La Liga title from Real Madrid and made the semi-finals of a UEFA Champions League tournament could have their season branded as somewhat of a failure, however such are the expectations that follow them.

    So ahead of the second leg, exactly what are Barcelona playing for?

    You would have to be the staunchest Barca supporter to realistically expect the Spanish giants to overturn the deficit.

    However, you can guarantee that the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta and Xavi will not have given up just yet and will be keen to stand up, such is their competitive spirit.

    You can be assured that each of the players to take the field will be determined to shake off their first leg humiliation and recent drop in form, to show the world that Barcelona are still a leading force in European football.

    And what better way to show this, than by matching it with (arguably) the form team in Europe and possibly the world in Bayern Munich.

    There’s not much more to say about Bayern that hasn’t already been said since the already infamous four-nil victory.

    Clinical, professional and world-class. You could forgive the German Champions from carrying a small portion of complacency into the second leg, given the manner in which they performed at Allianz Arena.

    However, given the stringent nature of Jupp Heynckes’ squad, this will simply not be the case. And indeed, do not expect Bayern to sit back on their four goals aggregate margin.

    The Bavarians showed that the best form of defence against the likes of Barcelona was indeed to push forward off the ball and pressure Barca’s passing game.

    To that end, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez were arguably the best on field in the first leg, providing no space for the Barca stars to work the ball forward.

    How Tito Vilanova will counter this will be a battle in itself, providing plenty of intrigue into the middle of the pitch.

    The tie may be all but over but the prospect of two European heavyweights going head to head, with so much to prove, provides a great deal of appetite for any football enthusiast.

    And who knows, a couple early goals in front of the Camp Nou faithful could make things very interesting indeed.

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    • Roar Pro

      Alexander Grant said | 11:44am | ! Report

      What on earth.

      With my working hours I can’t stay up/get up to watch these but a 7-0 agg. victory??!

      I can’t express the love I have towards these two clubs from saving us from another dull “El-Classico” affair. So happy right now.

      This will be one of the most anticipated CL finals in a long time!

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:43am | ! Report

      To recap, Bayern have won 3-0 over Barcelona at Camp Nou.

      Goals to Robben 48′, Pique (OG) 72′ and Muller 76′.

      Bayern have progressed through to the final with an amazing 7-0 aggregate victory.

      • 8:50am
        Matt said | 8:50am | ! Report

        Unbelievable. I didn’t catch either game, going by the scoreline it must have been pretty embarrassing performance (and a good performance by Bayern) to be beaten badly in not 1, but 2 games.

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:40am | ! Report

      For Barca… they will now look to consolidate the La Liga title.

      Many questions will be raised about the absence of Messi today, particularly after his impressive performance off the bench against Bilbao on the weekend. However it seems clear he is not anywhere near a 90 minute fitness level.

      Hopefully this does not take away from the dominant performance of Bayern who have now completely out-played Barcelona over 180 minutes of football.

      • Roar Guru

        Harsh Sinha said | 2:33pm | ! Report

        He is not fit to play for 90 minutes and we saw what happened at Allianz one week ago. Messi played a little less than 45 minutes against PSG 2nd leg, 35 minutes against Bilbao. Tonight should have been the same but when the aggregate was 5-0, it was useless to use Messi and take a risk. Barcelona haven’t won the La Liga and they want to save Lionel Messi for the worst case scenario.

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:36am | ! Report

      Bayern move forward with confidence to what will be an all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

      It would be hard to bet against them in the final although Borussia of course will know exactly what to expect from their Bundesliga rivals.

    • 6:33am
      nickoldschool said | 6:33am | ! Report

      great to see spaniards force-fed a big portion of humble pie this week. about time.

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:33am | ! Report

      90′ – The referee puts an end to Barca’s misery calling halftime on a history making result. Bayern Munich have knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League with a 7-0 aggregate victory (3-0 today at the Nou Camp).

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:30am | ! Report

      89′ – Needless to say the intensity of the match is long-gone both sides having accepted their fate.

      Barca 0 – Bayern 3

    • Roar Guru

      Nicholas Carroll said | 6:29am | ! Report

      88′ – Robben in a very similar position on the edge of the box, this time not cutting in and plays the ball through for Rafinha who blasts wide.

      Barca 0 – Bayern 3

    • 6:28am
      Jayden said | 6:28am | ! Report

      I said to people this would be between messi and Muller
      Unfortunately messi didnt play well due to injury
      Still, Muller has really come into his own this season.

      • Roar Guru

        Nicholas Carroll said | 6:32am | ! Report

        Was very interesting RE Messi. After Heynckes watched his performance against Bilbao on the weekend, he had told his team this will need to lift, expecting Messi in full-form. However, he was seemingly never going to start…

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