Leading 4-0 from the first leg, Bayern was similarly clinical at the
Nou Camp with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique
- who put through his own net - and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided
3-0 win over a sorry Barca side for which Lionel Messi was an unused
The victory sees Bayern through to its third final in four years
and it will hope to improve on its runner-up finishes against Inter
Milan in 2010 and Chelsea last year when it faces Real Madrid's
conqueror Dortmund - in the competition's first all-German final.
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Barca was up against it with only three teams ever having overturned
a four-goal first-leg deficit in Europe, and its chances of joining
that list looked even slimmer after Messi was judged not fit enough to
start the game.
The Argentina forward has been struggling with a hamstring problem in
recent weeks and, although he scored after appearing as a second-half
substitute in last weekend's Primera Division draw with Athletic Bilbao,
coach Tito Vilanova opted only to name him on the bench.
Even with Messi in its side, Barca barely troubled Bayern during
the first leg, and it was the German champion which dominated the early
exchanges here as well.
Robben and Philipp Lahm both looked poised to give Bayern what would
almost certainly have been a tie-ending away goal in the opening 20
minutes but Pique produced brilliant last-ditch tackles to deny both
Barca's first serious threat on goal came in the 24th minute when
Pedro Rodriguez saw his 30-yard drive tipped over by Manuel Neuer as it
arrowed towards the top corner.
Two minutes later Xavi volleyed a decent opening over from seven
yards out while Adriano drew a relatively comfortable save from Neuer in
the 40th minute, but those were rare moments of concern for Bayern in
the opening period.
Barca remained unchanged at the start of the second half with Messi
continuing on the bench, but any hopes the world's best player might
later inspire an unlikely fightback disappeared three minutes after the
restart as Bayern took the lead.
Robben picked up a long cross-field pass from David Alaba near the
right touchline before racing into the area where he cut inside Adriano
onto his favoured left foot and curled an unstoppable shot past Victor
Valdes inside the far post.
That away goal left Barca needing to score six times to go through to
a fourth final in eight years, and it proved well beyond it.
With the tie gone, Vilanova opted to keep Messi under wraps and his
first two changes saw him send on Alexis Sanchez and Thiago for Spain
duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Despite those changes Bayern continued to look comfortable and it doubled the lead 18 minutes from time.
Franck Ribery got in behind Dani Alves down the left and his cross
was sliced into his own net by Pique with Mario Mandzukic lurking
Ribery was also involved four minutes later as Bayern heaped more misery on Barca with a third goal.
The home side had actually come close to making it 2-1 moments
earlier when David Villa's glancing header hit the outside of the post, but it
was game, set and match for the German side in the 76th minute when Ribery
burst past Alex Song before dinking a cross to the far post where Muller
climbed highest to head high home.
Shell-shocked Barca tried to find a consolation goal late on but Jupp
Heynckes' side held firm to record a 22nd win in its last 23
competitive games and seal its spot in the final.