Bayern beats Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League

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Updated 25 April 2013
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Bayern beats Barcelona 4-0 in Champions League

MUNICH: Thomas Mueller 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 semifinal.
Mueller 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 five years.
“The team is fantastic, I haven’t experienced such a night in my life and I’ve been around for a while,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
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 (Barcelona) 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 its size to outmuscle the Spanish side on set pieces.
Mueller 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.
Bayern showed its attacking intent from the start and took less than two minutes to produce the first opportunity of the match when Javi Martinez sent a backheel pass to Arjen Robben, but the winger’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The German champion had calls for a penalty declined in the 15th when the ball appeared to hit Gerard Pique’s arm after a corner from Robben.
But Bayern scored after another corner, from Franck Ribery. The ball rolled to the far post, here Robben crossed to Dante. The defender headed back across the goal and Mueller raced to head it in. Valdes got his hands on it but could not prevent the ball from sliding into the net.
Barcelona kept possession more than Bayern but was unable to break through its crowded defense until the 29th, when Dante was just a step ahead of Messi to clear a cross from Pedro Rodriguez.
Another Bayern corner produced calls for another penalty as the ball seemed to touch Alexis Sanchez’ arm when he challenged Dante in the air but the whistle stayed silent.
Moments later, Gomez was booked for upending Messi and young defender Marc Bartra also got a yellow card for a tackle on Mueller. Bartra got a chance to play because two of Barcelona’s defenders, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano, are injured.
The second Bayern goal also came after a corner, with Mueller at the far post rising over Daniel Alves and heading across the goal for Gomez to knock in from close range, although he might have been slightly offside.
Bayern’s third came as Robben went around Jordi Alba, who was blocked by Mueller as he tried to chase the Dutchman, who slotted the ball inside the right post.
Ribery and David Alaba did the work for Bayern’s fourth, with Alaba swinging in a pass for Mueller to knock in from close range.
The loss equaled Barcelona’s biggest in the Champions League, a 4-0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev in the group stage in 1997.
“We can be proud, we played a terrific game everybody,” Robben said. “We fought for every meter and we didn’t give them much space to play.”
Messi injured his right hamstring on April 2 and has since been sidelined for three Spanish league games.
However, he went on as a substitute in the second half in the return leg against Paris Saint-Germain to help Barcelona come from behind and advance from the quarterfinals two weeks ago.
The four-time FIFA player of the year changed the momentum of that game, but he was shut down in Munich and did not look fit.
Barcelona’s only chance in the second half was when Bartra was alone after a free kick, only to send the ball way high on the turn.
Bayern club president Uli Hoeness attended the match, as always wearing one of his red-and-white club scarves. Hoeness is under a tax evasion investigation, news that broke two days before the match and dominated German media coverage in the buildup.


Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Updated 25 June 2018
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Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

  • The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
  • The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal

KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.