Bayern Munich 1-2-3
Bayern Munich pulled back two goals in the second half to beat Barcelona 3-2 on May 12, 2015 in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. The victory was in vein, though, as Barcelona won the fixture 5-3 on aggregate and will move on to the Champions League finals on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
Barcelona will await the winner of Juventus and Real Madrid on May 13, 2015 in the Champions League final. Juventus upset the Champions League holders 2-1 in Turin, Italy in the first leg of the semifinals.
Here are the highlights:
Medhi Benatia Scored For Bayern Munich in The 7th Minute
Gerard Pique conceded a corner for Barcelona and Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia smoothly delivered a header to the bottom left corner to make the fixture 3-1 towards Barcelona. Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso crossed the ball to Benatia following the corner and Benatia scored his first goal in the Champions League.
Neymar Scored for Barcelona in The 15th Minute
Neymar brought the fixture closer to an end, answering Benatia’s strike with one of his own to move the scoreline back to a three goal advantage for Barcelona. Neymar connected on a left footed shot from the center of the penalty box and past Bayern Munich goalie Manuel Neuer. Luis Suarez got the assist on Neymar’s eighth goal of the competition in 2014-2015.
Neymar Scored for Barcelona in The 29th Minute
Neymar and Suarez were on the spot again for the visitors, as the 29th minute goal nearly ended the tie as the lead grew to 5-1. Neymar sent a right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner for his ninth goal of the Champions League season. The assist for Suarez was his third of the Champions League campaign.
Robert Lewandowski Scored for Bayern Munich in The 59th Minute
Bayern Munich started their comeback with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski’s sixth goal of the Champions League campaign. Lewandowski sent a right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner after some nifty foot work to beat Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu.
Thomas Muller Scored for Bayern Munich in The 74th Minute
Bayern Munich earned the respect of a second leg victory through Thomas Muller‘s seventh goal of the Champions League campaign. Muller’s right footed shot from outside the box went to the bottom right corner, just outside of the reach of Barcelona goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The goal was assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger, his fourth assist of the competition.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic (Mathieu 72′) , Iniesta; Suarez (Pedro 45′), Messi, Neymar
Barcelona Reserves: Bravo, Bartra, Adriano, Mathieu, Xavi, Rafinha, Pedro
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia, Bernat; Lahm (Rode 68′), Alonso, Thiago, Schweinsteiger(Martinez 87′); Muller (Gotze 87′), Lewandowski
Bayern Munich Reserves: Reina, Dante, Martinez, Gaudino, Gotze, Weiser, Pizarro
Goals: Bayern Munich- Benatia (7′); Lewandowski (59′); Muller (74′) , Barcelona- Neymar (15′, 29′)
Shots (on goal) : Bayern Munich- 19(8), Barcelona- 5 (4)
Possession: Bayern Munich- 54%, Barcelona- 46%
Tackles: Barcelona- 27, Bayern Munich- 18
Fouls: Bayern Munich- 19, Barcelona- 12
Yellow Cards: Bayern Munich- Rafinha (40′), Alcantra (45’+2), Lewandowski (76), Alonso (81′), Rode (84′); Barcelona- Rakitic (64′); Pedro (85′)
Barcelona and Bayern Munich last faced off in the 2012-2013 semifinals of the Champions League, a fixture won 7-0 by Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich looks to overcome a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal on May 12, 2015 in Munich, Germany.
Bayern Munich looks to follow the trend of outstanding play in the second leg of the knockout stages of the 2014-2015 Champions League. After posting a 0-0 scoreline in the first leg of the Round of 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk in Lviv, Ukraine, Bayern Munich drubbed Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 in Munich. The trend continued in the quarterfinals, as Bayern Munich fell 3-1 in Porto, Portugal against FC Porto before winning 6-1 in Munich to advance to the semifinals. Seven players have scored at least two goals for the Bavarian giants during the 2014-2015 tournament, as Bayern Munich leads all sides with 30 goals scored in the Champions League. If Bayern Munich can earn a victory on aggregiate, they will earn their tenth Champions League final appearance.
Barcelona, on the other hand, looks to cruise to their seventh Champions League final. Barcelona last made the Champions League final in 2011, beating Manchester United 3-1 to win their fourth Champions League crown. Barcelona has a tournament-high 10 goals from Lionel Messi thus far, as Messi scored twice in the first leg of this semifinal. Messi also now has the most goals in Champions League history with 77, one more than Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona is the only team in the tournament this campaign with at least 10 wins (10-0-1) and has a tournament-best plus-19 goal differential, tied with their foe Bayern Munich.