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article imageChampions League: Bayern performs magic, sweeps FC Barcelona 4-0

By Karl Gotthardt     Apr 23, 2013 in Sports
Munich - Even the most devoted of Bayern fans would not have predicted a 4-0 sweep of FC Barcelona. A determined Bayern side performed magic, keeping Lionel Messi in check and struck convincingly with four goals. Mueller (2), Gomez and Robben found the target.
If there was ever any doubt that Bayern would be up to the task, those doubts were unfounded. The German record champion took a huge step in its effort to win the Champions League trophy. Undeterred by the arguably best side in Europe, Bayern demolished Messi and company without any hesitation.
Mueller put the Germans on the scoreboard in the 25th minute. Ribery's corner kick, landed with Dante in the penalty area, whose header landed near Thomas Mueller, who pushed the ball across the goal line from a distance of three meters. Nothing could stop his shot.
Bayern led with a deserved 1-0 at the half. A superb team effort, they fought and won the ball in the midfield and suppressed the normal and feared short pass and domination tactic of Barcelona. Martinez and Dante were outstanding in their efforts to capture the ball and move it forward via Lahm, Alaba, Ribery or Robben.
With a narrow one goal lead at the half, Bayern had to continue with the effort started in the first half. Messi and company are always good for at least one goal. Early in the second half Mario Gomez, who started in place of the suspended Mandzukic, provided Munich with some breathing space in the 49th minute when he scored Munich's second goal of the night.
The second goal, again came as a result of a corner taken by Arjen Robben to the far corner of the net, where Mueller headed the ball into the middle of the target and Mario Gomez, in the right place at the right time shoved the ball home for the 2-0 lead.
Bayern wasn't done yet. After the Frenchman Frank Ribery captured the ball from Messi in his own penalty area, he quickly sprinted half the distance of the pitch, passed it to Bastian Schweinsteiger, then to Robben, who danced through the Barca penalty area and defeated Valdes for the 3-0 lead.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead you would think that Bayern would sit back and defend to avoid a Barca goal. Wrong. To add insult to injury, Thomas Mueller found the net for the fourth time, his second on the night. More magic for the Bayern side. David Alaba took the ball up the left side of the pitch, found Thomas Mueller in the center, who pushed it into the net, for a 4-0 first leg victory.
Bayern, which has now scored 16 goals in ten days
, looked determined, hungry and eager and goal oriented. A good defensive stance, combined with quick counters made the success in the Allianz Arena possible. Bayern was more effective in the offense. Barca had difficulty stopping the onslaught of Mueller Ribery and Robben, who operated at will.
While the 4-0 victory will give Bayern a distinct advantage for the second leg in Camp Nou, never count Barcelona out. Bayern has to keep the eye on the prize.
Lineups:
Bayern:
Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Martinez - Robben, Mueller, Ribery - Gomez
Barcelona: Valdes - Alba, Bartra, Pique, Alves - Busquels - Iniesta, Xavi - Pedro, Messi, Sanchez
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