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Bayern blow Barcelona away en route to final

ESPN staff
May 1, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Bayern Munich are into their third Champions League final in four years © AP
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Bayern Munich will take on Borussia Dortmund in an all-German Champions League final at Wembley after they destroyed Barcelona.

The Bundesliga champions beat Barca 3-0 in the second leg at the Camp Nou to add to their 4-0 first leg triumph to seal a comfortable passage into the final, as Jupp Heynckes' men produced a fine team display across the semi-final tie.

It is the third time in four seasons Bayern have reached the Champions League final, and the four-time winners are determined to avoid a second successive defeat following their loss to Chelsea on penalties at their Allianz Arena home 12 months ago.

Barcelona hardly threatened as Bayern made it to half-time goalless, but then the away side made their move three minutes into the second period, with former Real Madrid man Arjen Robben netting the breakthrough in typical style.

The Dutchman cut onto his favoured left foot and beautifully curled a shot past Victor Valdes to leave Barca requiring six goals to progress.

Gerard Pique, who for much of the contest had single-handedly kept Bayern at bay in the first half, scored an unfortunate own goal to pile further misery on Barca, and Thomas Muller made it three when he towered above Adriano to head into the back of the net.

Dortmund - who held on to overcome Madrid on Tuesday night - and Bayern have been the two dominant teams of German football over the past three seasons, and will come face to face in Europe's top club competition at Wembley Stadium on May 25.

Lionel Messi did not make an appearance as the Argentine was left on the bench by manager Tito Vilanova, seemingly still struggling with the hamstring injury which has hampered him over the past few weeks.

The attack of Bayern threatened Barcelona early on, with the returning Mario Mandzukic from suspension letting a chance go to waste from a Franck Ribery pass.

Robben and Muller linked up well, and Pique three times was the saviour for the home side as the former Manchester United defender intervened at crucial times, especially when Robben was through on goal when Bastian Schweinsteiger clipped a fine ball over the high Barca defence.

Pedro delivered the first real effort for Barcelona as the winger stung the fingertips of Manuel Neuer from long range, and moments later Xavi blasted over from a decent position inside the penalty area.

Bayern hardly had to get out of second gear as they held the advantage, and as Barca began to realise the enormity of the task they faced, Bayern grew in confidence, and with it they took the lead through Robben.

Hopes of a Barcelona fight back were extinguished, and an own goal from Pique and a Muller header added to Bayern's total to complete the rout.

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