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Barcelona crash out of Champions League after 0-3 defeat

Barcelona crash out of Champions League after 0-3 defeat Photo: TT

Barcelona’s hopes of making it to the Champions League final were crushed by an emphatic visiting Bayern Munich team which beat them by three goals to nil at Camp Nou last night in the second leg of the semi-final.

Barcelona had the daunting task of overcoming a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern last week in Munich in the first leg. Their cause was not helped by a lingering hamstring injury to star playmaker Lionel Messi who started yesterday’s match on the bench.

The first half was frustrating for the home team who couldn’t make any inroads to the Bayern goal even though the performance was much better than the one in the previous match. The home team maintained bright possession but lacked focus in the final third, which could not lead to any goals at halftime.

The second half began in an explosive way when in the 48th minute Bayern winger Arjen Robben controlled a brilliant pass by David Alaba and sent a shot beyond the reach of Barca keeper Victor Valdes to make the score 1-0 in favour of the visitors (aggregate 5-0).

If the tie was not over before, it was definitely over with this goal. The Catalans suffered another setback in the 72nd minute when defender Gerard Pique attempted a clearance but was only able to put the ball in his own net. To put the fixture beyond any hopes of redemption, Tomas Muller scored in the 76th minute to make the aggregate score 7-0.

With this match, the Bayern Munich team reached its second consecutive Champions League final, whereas Barca was ousted at this stage from the competition for the third time in the last four years. Bayern will meet fellow Germans Borussia Dortmund in the final at the Wembley Stadium on 25th May 2013.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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