Two moments of magic from Lionel Messi and a late
finish from Neymar gave Barcelona a 3-0 win over
Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the first leg of their
Champions League semi-final.
The clash at Camp Nou marked the first time since his
departure from Barca in 2012 that Pep Guardiola had
met the team he led to 14 major trophies in four years.
Guardiola had branded Messi “unstoppable” in the
build-up to the game and his words proved prophetic
as Messi dismantled Bayern with two spectacular late
Having seen Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer frustrate
Barca for much of the encounter, the two sides looked
set to head back to the Allianz Arena next week with
the tie finely poised at 0-0.
But Messi, playing in his 100th European game,
produced another sparkling display to put Barca in
command, breaking the deadlock with a rasping 77th-
And the Argentina forward doubled his tally three
minutes later with a superb solo goal before an injury-
time third from Neymar effectively ended the tie as
Barca went some way to gaining a measure of revenge
for the 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern at the same stage
two years ago.
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