ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  RSS  |  ARCHIVE  |  2020-11-28  |  UPDATED: 1399/09/07 - 20:48:4 FA | AR | EN
Contradictory statements on developments in peace talks             Americaís security is not hinged on the number of troops on the ground: Pompeo            Latam women march to demand end to domestic violence            India draws rebuke from Beijing over ban on more Chinese apps            Russia denounces Pompeoís visit to occupied Golan as Ďprovocationí             Biden urged to extend US-Russia START treaty, limit deployed nuclear arms             Americans defy pandemic as US COVID cases set new record             Ten Australian soldiers fired after release of war crimes report            Iran swaps Israelís spy for three nationals jailed abroad             Argentina soccer legend Maradona dies of heart attack, his lawyer says             Car crashes into gate of German Chancellor Merkelís office            Yemen stresses right to self-defense as Saudi Arabia resorts to UN over Aramco raid            Pakistan, India accuse each other of sponsoring terrorism at UN            Trump plans to pardon former aide Michael Flynn            Rights watchdog appeals for urgent help for Bamiyan victims            


DATE PUBLISHED: 2015/5/7 - 00:05:15
VISIT: 1860
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Lionel Messi fires late brace as Barcelona beat Bayern Munich
Lionel Messi fires late brace as Barcelona beat Bayern Munich

 
 Bayern Munich
 
 FC Barcelona

Champions League semi-final first leg, Nou Camp - Barcelona 3 (Messi 77, 80, Neymar 90+4) Bayern Munich 0

Lionel Messi ensured it was a nightmare return for Pep Guardiola as his late double inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi final at the Nou Camp.

The former coach of the Catalan giants described his former star as "unstoppable" in his pre-match press conference and it proved to be the case as Messi was the difference on an exhilarating night of football.

The Argentina forward took centre stage 13 minutes from time with a wonderful low shot into the bottom corner before eclipsing that strike with a slaloming run and dink over Manuel Neuer just moments later.

Neymar then raced through deep into injury time to coolly fire home and give the Spanish outfit a huge cushion to take to Munich next Tuesday.

The pre-match focus was inevitably on Guardiola's return 'home' but it wasn't long before all the attention switched to the bizarre system he was deploying to try to nullify the threat of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

The decision to go three on three against the finest forward line on the planet simply didn't work and only some outstanding goalkeeping from Neuer and some desperate last-ditch defending denied Suarez and co the opener. The former Liverpool striker had at least two clear-cut openings while Neuer was again at his imperious best to keep out Dani Alves' stabbed attempt.

At the other end Robert Lewandowski was donning a mask to protect a nasty facial injury and he would have been grateful for it to hide his blushes when he completely miscued eight yards out after some clever play on the right from Thomas Mueller.

Bayern improved following the break but it was still Barcelona who had the better openings with Neymar crashing a shot over the top after creating space inside the area from the tireless Ivan Rakitic's pass.

The visitors didn't have a shot on target until Thiago's tame deflected effort in the 71st minute and they were eventually undone soon after as Messi showed again just why he is regarded as one the greatest players of all-time.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores their first goal past Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer - Reuters

KEY MOMENTS

PRE-MATCH: No surprises in the Barca line-up as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar forge that formidable frontline. Bayern are missing a raft of key personnel but are buoyed by the news Robert Lewandowski will feature and will wear a protective mask. The striker broke his nose and jaw during a German cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund but is fit to start.

12' - BARCELONA CHANCE! Suarez is sent clear on goal and goes one-on-one with Neuer. It looks like the inevitable opener but Neuer sticks out a long leg to divert the Uruguayan's low shot away. Big save by the German stopper.

15' - BARCELONA CHANCE! Suarez wreaks havoc on the right of the area and cuts a low cross towards Neymar that deflects off Rafinha and behind. Close!

18' - BAYERN CHANCE! Bayern should be ahead. Mueller battles free on the right and teases a low cross towards Lewandowski who must score from eight yards, but completely misses his kick under no pressure.

27' - BARCELONA CHANCE! A corner from the left picks out Suarez who bullets a free header over the bar. He should have done better.

39' - MORE NEUER HEROICS! Neuer is at it again. This time he reacts well to deny Dani Alves after the Brazilian had latched onto a clever pass from Iniesta to stab an effort on goal.


Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer in action with Barcelona's Luis Suarez - Reuters

64' - BARCELONA CHANCE! Rakitic feeds Neymar on the left of the area. The Brazilian cuts back inside but crashes a shot over the crossbar.

71' - BAYERN CHANCE! A flowing break sees Bernat tee up Thiago whose deflected shot is smothered by ter Stegen. Was that Bayern's first attempt on target?

77' - GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Bayern. Alves wins the ball deep in Bayern territory and feeds Messi who drills a low 20-yard effort beyond Neuer.

80' - GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Bayern. Messi at the double! The magician destroys Bayern once more, slaloming beyond Boateng and dinking a sublime finish over Neuer.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores their second goal - Reuters

90+4'' - GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Bayern. It's 3-0 and Barca have one foot in the final. Neymar races through and slots beyond Neuer as Bayern were caught pushing for that away goal.

KEY STATS

Lionel Messi (77) is now one goal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (76) as Champions League top-scorer.

Barcelona have won nine successive CL games for the first time since 2002/03.

Messi has been involved in six of Barcelona’s last eight goals against Bayern in the CL (4 goals, 2 assist).

Messi clocked up game number 100 for Barcelona in Europe and became the third youngest player to reach that landmark behind Pepe Reina and Raul.

Thomas Muller made his 300th appearance in all competitions for Bayern Munich.

Xavi made his 149th Champions League appearance equalling the record of Iker Casillas.

No player has missed more clear-cut chances in the Champions League this season than Robert Lewandowski (8).

Pep Guardiola has only won three of his 15 CL away knockout games as a manager (D7 L5).

Based on historical results, Barcelona now have a 93.7% chance of reaching the final in Berlin on 6 June.

Stats courtesy of Opta and Infostrada


Barcelona's Neymar scores their third goal - Reuters

TALKING POINT

The first and last 15 minutes. Bayern's decision to go man-for-man against Barca's front three stunned the watching world and made for compulsive viewing. The hosts could easily have plundered a couple of goals in the early stages and it wasn't until Guardiola made a drastic change to go 4-2-3-1 that the game became less stretched. It looked like being a let off until the final 15 minutes when Messi took the game by the scruff of its neck and inspired his side to score three goals. Bayern's hopes are now hanging by a thread as Barca showed their doubters they are the real deal.

Matchcast: Full match stats and commentary

MAN OF THE MATCH

Lionel Messi (Barcelona): For a long time this award was destined for Manuel Neuer. The German stopper was quite sensational, but Messi's late surge in a game of this magnitude was the stuff that only a very few are capable of.


Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xabi Alonso - Reuters

PLAYER RATINGS:

Barcelona: Ter Stegen 6, Alves 7, Pique 7, Mascherano 7, Alba 7, Busquests 7, Rakitic 7, Iniesta 7, Suarez 6, Messi 9, Neymar 7. Subs: Xavi 6, Rafinha n/a, Bartra n/a.

Bayern Munich: Neuer 8, Rafinha 6, Boateng 6, Benatia 5, Bernat 5, Alonso 6, Lahm 6, Schweinsteiger 5, Thiago 6, Muller 6, Lewandowski 6. Subs: Goetze 5.

LINK: https://www.ansarpress.com/english/3536






*
*

*



SEE ALSO

Argentina soccer legend Maradona dies of heart attack, his lawyer says


Djokovic beats Zverev to reach semis at ATP Finals


Afghanistan holds first-ever menís volleyball league


Rashid Khan appeals for more Tests against cricketís elite


French Open: Djokovic sweeps past Galan into last 16, Tsitsipas also through


Australia Test against Afghanistan on hold due to COVID-19


Watchdog releases damning report on Afghan Cricket Board


English Premier League: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United


Afghanistan Cricket CEO sacked for Ďmisbehaviorí


Andalusia MotoGP: Quartararo takes pole position





VIEWED
MOST DISCUSSED




POLL

Modi, Merkel Discuss Afghanistan, Radicalisation And Terrorism

SEE RESULT


LAST NEWS

Prominent Iranian physicist assassinated near Tehran: Defense Ministry

Contradictory statements on developments in peace talks

Americaís security is not hinged on the number of troops on the ground: Pompeo

Latam women march to demand end to domestic violence

India draws rebuke from Beijing over ban on more Chinese apps

Russia denounces Pompeoís visit to occupied Golan as Ďprovocationí

Biden urged to extend US-Russia START treaty, limit deployed nuclear arms

Americans defy pandemic as US COVID cases set new record

Ten Australian soldiers fired after release of war crimes report

Iran swaps Israelís spy for three nationals jailed abroad

Argentina soccer legend Maradona dies of heart attack, his lawyer says

Car crashes into gate of German Chancellor Merkelís office

Yemen stresses right to self-defense as Saudi Arabia resorts to UN over Aramco raid

Pakistan, India accuse each other of sponsoring terrorism at UN

Trump plans to pardon former aide Michael Flynn

Rights watchdog appeals for urgent help for Bamiyan victims

Car bomb in Kandahar leaves 17 wounded

More than 70 killed or wounded across Afghanistan in under 24 hours

Germany Starts Reducing Troops in Kunduz: Report

Saffron flower harvesting process underway in Helmand

US Committed to Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan: Pompeo

An Online Prayer Meeting for Religious People Around the World to End COVID-19

Ten nominee ministers secure votes of confidence

Djokovic beats Zverev to reach semis at ATP Finals

Turkish president, Saudi monarch talk bilateral relations ahead of G20 summit

Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden even if Trump wonít concede

Violence erupts in Brazil after Black man beaten to death at Carrefour store

Iran condemns Pompeoís visit to occupied lands, pro-Israel doctrine

Macron accuses Turkey, Russia of pushing anti-French sentiment in Africa

Michigan Republicans vow to follow ínormal processí after Trump meeting

Venezuelaís Maduro announces mass production of indigenous drones, aircraft

Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for coronavirus

21 Rockets Land in Kabul; 8 Civilians Killed

Pompeo to meet with Afghan and Taliban talks teams

Abdullah meets with Turkeyís Erdogan to discuss peace process

Biden administration will escalate US military aggression: Analyst

Three detained in Germany over $1-billion Green Vault jewel heist

French police clearing refugees from encampment near Paris

Russiaís Putin approves establishment of naval base in Sudan

ANDSF Conducts 96% of Operations Independently: Khalid


MEDICAL NEWS


ANSAR PRESS ©  |  ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  MOBILE VERSION  |  LINKS  |  DESIGN: Negah Network Co.
All right reserved. Use this website by mentioning the source (link) is allowed. ›—ś‘ź«Ś «یš —š ی šŕŠ»šŌ«š