Munich: Thomas Muller scored two goals as Bayern Munich dominated Barcelona on Tuesday to take a commanding 4-0 lead after the first leg of their highly anticipated Champions League semi-final.
Muller scored in the first half and added another after Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had also scored in the second half. It was Barcelona's biggest loss in the Champions League since 1997, and a humbling defeat for the team that has been widely regarded as the best in the world for the last few years.
While Barcelona turned around a 2-0 deficit against AC Milan with a 4-0 win at home, this Bayern team looks highly unlikely to allow a similar comeback in the second leg next week in Spain. "We knew we were able to give them a good competition," Robben said. "This team has dominated Europe over the last five years and if you beat them like this, I think you can be proud."
Lionel Messi started for Barcelona despite injury worries but looked far from his best and was hardly a factor in the match. Barcelona had few chances, while Bayern used their size to outmuscle the Spanish side on set pieces. Muller headed in from close range in the 25th and added the second in the 82nd. Gomez netted in the 49th and Robben in the 73rd....more
02:19 AM, Apr 24, 2013