SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FC BARCELONA 3 BAYERN MUNICH 0 | 1º ST LEG SEMI CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

FC BARCELONA 3 BAYERN MUNICH 0 | 1º ST LEG SEMI CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The 2nd UEFA Champions League 1º leg semi-final match concluded with FC Barcelona defeating 3 - 0 Bayern Munich. A marvellous game of intense & tactical Football that needed the brilliance of Lionel Messi to break the "gridlock". 

FC Barcelona - Bayern Munich Champions League 2015

Both teams should be congratulated, Barcelona for the win & Bayern Munich for their brave attitude attempting to play offensive Football while tactical firm defensively while it lasted. It was FC Barcelona that created more the opportunities as their squad is filled with the highest individuals talents in World Football. This is not putting Bayern Munich a step below, not at all,  as they too are packed with stars, some out of this planet like their goalkeeper Neuer who made 3 - 4 game savers in his habitual extraordinary fashion. 

The German created their own chances only failing to finish them off  & they seriously frustrated Barça most of the second half making many observers think perhaps a draw result would be achieved. 

However, Lionel Messi appeared & burst onto the scene changing the course of the game in favour of his team & perhaps setting them firmly on the road to the Berlin Final. The Argentine had been relatively kept under control most of the game but in the 77th min he appeared like a Superhero scoring the opener & 3 minutes later scoring the 2º goal leaving Bayern defender Boateng on the floor & beating Neuer in magical fashion. 

These two blows were "knock-out" punches as they drained the moral out from the German who had done an excellent game up to that point. With the tiredness setting in from their earlier efforts, their mental strength lessened & Barça surfing their own wave of confidence, Neymar scored the 3rd goal in the 94th min with collaboration from Suarez. The ticket to the Berlin Final is virtually secured barring an enormous effort from Bayern Munich next week to turn this semi around. It is possible, but the odds are stacked against it. 

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