Medhi Benatia nodded in from a corner in the 8th minute to reignite things for Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. But the euphoria was over within the half-hour mark, as inform Brazilian striker Junior Neymar netted a brace to block every probable outcome Bayern could dish out to take the semifinals to added time. Pep Guardiola’s men though restored some pride by scoring twice in the second half to end the Spanish Giant’s 8-match winning streak, but needed 3 more to reach the finals. So Munich won 3-2 at home, Barca cruises to Champions league final winning 5-3 in aggregate.
It was, again, Messi-Suarez-Neymar: three-pronged forward line that played Latin American muse to bewitch former Barca boss Guardiola’s game plan. As Uruguayan Luis Suarez sped through the right, Argentine Lionel Messi spotted him, and Suarez dragged custodian Manuel Neuer to push at unmarked Brazilian Neymar, who placed it home.
Neymar struck again in the 29th minute to decide the fate of the semifinals, volleying at the net from an acute angle after chest-trapping the ball. The Brazilian hitman has scored in seven consecutive games. He was once more fed by Suarez and Messi. The trio’s brilliance threw Pep’s defensive organization in severe criticism from home-fans at half time. And combined, the trio have notched up 114 goals this season to take the Catalans at the verge of another European Championship glory.
“They have a lot of qualities. We don’t need to talk about the trio’s qualities, they understand each other very well. It is difficult to control them. They used their chances,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.
Robert Lewandowski evaded Javier Mascherano to level 2-2 at the 59th minute, as Thomas Mueller netted the winner in the 74th. Guardiola sounded “messi-merized.”
”He is back there where I had the privilege to train him. He is the best player of all time, I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football.”
Messi, though, couldn’t avenge the Catalans’ 0-3 defeat two years ago at Munich, when the two teams met for the last time in the tournament in 2012-13.