Barça through to Champions League final after hard fought battle with Bayern MunichMay 13, 2015
FC Barcelona qualified for the Champions League final last night for the fourth time in a decade and which each time has seen them crowned champions. Although losing last night in a hard fought battle with the German champions, Barça qualified 5-3 on aggregate thanks to their 3-0 win in the first leg.
It was clear that Pep Guardiola’s Bayern would never be a walkover and the ex-Barça coach would go all out to overcome the 3-0 deficit. That they certainly did and it paid off in the early minutes with a goal by Benatia with an intensity of play that was breathtaking. However, at the end of the first quarter hour Messi and Suarez set up Neymar to score the equaliser and suddenly give the Germans an even harder task; Bayern now needed a total of five goals to go through.
And it was Suarez who set up Barça’s second goal, again scored by Neymar, to put the Catalans ahead and put the prospect of the final even further out of reach for the Germans. However, they were not giving up and by dominating possession were able to attack the Barcelona goal again and again and again. It was only by some excellent work by Ter Stegen that the score remained 2-1 to Barcelona by the end of the first half.
After the beak it took 15 minutes for the hosts to equalise, still leaving Bayern a huge uphill struggle to overturn the result. Despite the enormity of the task they continued regardless in some relentless attacking that saw Barcelona do little and with 16 minutes to go Müller put the Germans ahead again. The last quarter of an hour seemed to be onslaught after onslaught from the Bayern, desperate to make up the deficit. However, despite a total of 19 attempts on the goal compared with Barcelona’s 5, the job was just too large.
Bayern Munich made a monumental effort to win and without some terrific saves by Ter Stegen they could well have gone through. Barça will face either Real Madrid or Juventus in the final to be played in Berlin on Saturday 6th June 2015.
1-0 Benatia (min 6)
1-1 Neymar (min 14)
1-2 Neymar (min 28)
2-2 Lewandowski (min 59)
3-2 Müller (min 74)