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Bayern Munich Hand Barcelona Heavy Champions League Defeat

posted 23 Apr 2013, 15:18 by Mpelembe   [ updated 23 Apr 2013, 15:19 ]

Bayern flatten Barcelona 4-0 in semi-final first leg.

 MUNICHGERMANY (APRIL 23, 2013)(REUTERS PICTURES) -  Bayern Munich's incredible season continued on Tuesday (April 23) when they handed Barcelona one of their heaviest defeats for years, hammering the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Thomas Mueller headed the recently-crowned Bundesliga champions ahead in the 25th minute and Mario Gomez turned in the second goal amid suspicions of offside early in the second half.

Arjen Robben added a third in the 73rd minute and Mueller then grabbed his second of the night as Barca collapsed dramatically in a game where Lionel Messi, returning from a hamstring injury, made little impact.

In doing so, Bayern avenged their defeat by the same score in the quarter-finals four years ago.

The rout equalled Barca's worst ever defeat in European competition.