Christof Koepsel

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, 2013 UEFA Champions League: The torch has been passed

While Bayern Munich will expected to post a positive result and head to Camp Nou with every chance to progress, no one expected a rout to the degree of the one that they laid on Barcelona. The Blaugrana were demolished in a 4-0 win for the Bavarians.

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Bayern-Barca in videos, GIFs and tweets

Balls bounced off faces, screaming elderly people and mad Barcelona fans. Tuesday night was fun.

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Bayern prevail in an all-time classic beatdown

Regardless of what happens in the second leg of this tie or the UEFA Champions League final, Bayern Munich and their supporters will always remember the night they absolutely destroyed the best team of a generation.

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Arjen Robben has Bayern up 3-0

Update: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona, final score - Match report.

What more can you say at this point with 15 minutes left to play between Bayern Munich and Barcelona as the home side now lead 3-0 thanks to Arjen Robben's goal in the 73rd minute. The Germans have been dominate, efficient, basically every adjective you can think of to describe a positive soccer performance.

Franck Ribery nearly added a third goal in the 55th minute after Arjen Robben once again sent a lovely delivery from the wing. The French winger dragged his shot wide across the face of goal.

Barcelona did start to look a bit better and actually generated a half decent chance on goal off a corner in the 69th minute. Alexis Sanchez had the ball end up on his foot six yards or so from the goal but his shot was weak and didn't trouble Manuel Neuer in the least. Lionel Messi actually touched the ball and looked a bit like the player we're used to seeing to earn the corner but it was a rare flash in an otherwise silent game for the Argentine.

Arjen Robben assisted on the first two goals and decided that he'd like one for himself in the 73rd minute. Robben received the ball on the right edge of the Barca box with only Jordi Alba in front of him. Robben maneuvered around Alba with the help of a dubious basketball-esuqe pick from Thomas Müller. After that it was a easy finish for Robben and Bayern were crusing at 3-0.

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The angry protest from the Barca players on the clear foul on Alba were ignored by the referee but you can be sure they'll bring it up post match.

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Press the Mario Gomez button!

Update: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona, final score - Match report.

Bayern picked up right where they left off in the second half and doubled their lead in the 50th minute as once against Barcelona were simply unable to deal with their size in the box.

Arjen Robben again started things with a corner across the box to the far post where Thomas Müller towered over his marker and headed the ball down centrally to Mario Gomez who was ridiculously unmarked for the easy tap-in. How Gomez was left alone in that much space will no doubt give Tito Vilanova fits as he easily has a couple yards clear on each side of him right in front of the goal.

It's a nightmare start to the half for Barcelona who were probably hoping to try and slow things down and at least escape with just a one-goal deficit going into the second leg. Instead, they'll know have to somehow slow down the German juggernaut and prevent a third goal.

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Der FCB dominating the other FCB

Bayern Munich have completely taken Barcelona off their game and deservedly lead 1-0 at halftime. The only complaint Jupp Heynckes is likely to have is that his team didn't score more.

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Thomas Müller heads Bayern ahead

Update: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona, final score - Match report.

Bayern Munich are in total control on the pitch and on the scoreboard thanks to Thomas Müller's header at the post in the 25th minute to put the Germans ahead.

Bayern made a shout for a penalty in the 16th minute after Philipp Lahm's drive from 20-yards out was blocked, unintentionally, by Gerard Pique's arm. The play certainly didn't look like an deliberate move by the defender but you certainly could have understood if the referee awarded a penalty. Fortunately for Barca, it was just a corner that they were able to deal with.

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Marc Bartra showed some nerves in the 22nd minute making a bad pass and a giveaway that nearly allowed Bayern to break. Jordi Alba made a strong recovery to force a corner from what could have been a far worse situation. Again Barca were up to the task on the corner as Javi Martinez was whistled for a foul.

All the pressure paid off in the 25th minute when Bayern exploited their height advantage over Barcelona to near perfection. Arjen Robben's cross from the right was head back across the box by Dante where Thomas Müller escaped his marker and headed the ball down and over the line at the post to put the home side deservedly ahead 1-0.

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Bayern off to a confident start

Update: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona, final score - Match report.

The opening 15 minutes were all about a high tempo set by Bayern Munich and Barcelona not being able to sit in possession like they'd obviously like to do.

Barcelona started the match in no hurry at all, happy to sit in possession and probe the Bayern formation when the opportunity presented it self. No surprise at all since the last thing Barca wanted to do was allow Bayern to get their attack cranking, especially early.

It didn't take long though for Bayern to start making some forays forward and they came close in the 2nd minute when Javi Martinez played an excellent one-two with Arjen Robben, but the midfielder's shot was controlled well by Victor Valdés.

Bayern were back again earning a corner in the 5th minute that was dealt with by Gerard Piqué initially and finally cleared after a 50/50 confrontation between Marc Bartra and Javi Martinez. The Germans seemed none to scared by Barca's attack with both Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger closing down frequently early from their midfield positions.

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Kickoff from Allianz Arena

Update: Bayern Munich 4-0 Barcelona, final score - Match report.

We're underway from the Allianz Arena, where Bayern Munich will expect to grab the upper hand in their UEFA Champions League semifinal tie against Barcelona. Bayern have been spectacular in the first legs of their first two ties, while Barcelona have been anything but. They've been good enough to progress against Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan after poor starts, but if they lose without getting an away goal at the Allianz, they'll have trouble turning that result around.

The biggest thing to watch for from the Blaugrana is the play of Marc Bartra early on. With Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Adriano out and Eric Abidal still working his way back to top form, Bartra has been thrown into the fire. The talented 22-year-old isn't a completely unknown quantity -- he has 22 appearances for Barcelona and has been first choice in the Segunda since he was a teenager -- but he's never started a game of this magnitude.

For Bayern, keep an eye on the way Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger play. Their play is the key to Bayern's success, and the way that they play should be indicative of the team's overall strategy. Are they aggressive in the tackle or standing off? Pressing or dropping deep? Playing conservative passes or aggressive ones? Bayern can play just about any way they want, and those two players should signal what Jupp Heynckes' goals in the early part of the match will be.

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: Lineups

Lionel Messi is fit, so both the Barcelona and Bayern Munich lineup come in as expected. Click here for live updates during Bayern Munich-Barcelona, plus pre-game and post-game features.

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Messi fit, available to play vs. Bayern

Barcelona will have their superstar available when they take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

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New to soccer? Here's a primer for today's game

Every year the Champions League draws new people to the sport of soccer and there's likely a learning curve involved with lots of terms and names that will be thrown your way. At SB Nation Soccer, we're here to help prepare you for Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona.

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Barca could provide a test that Bayern can't pass

There's no doubt that Bayern Munich are one of the favorites to win this year's Champions League, but there's also no doubt that Barcelona are capable of challenging them in ways they haven't yet dealt with.

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Mario Gomez has the chance to shine today

After two stunning seasons in a row, Mario Gomez has struggled this year failing to repeat his machine-like scoring and becoming a somewhat forgotten man on the Bayern bench. Today he'll get a chance to prove the doubters wrong.

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Bayern prepare to usher in a Brave New World

Bayern Munich are perhaps the greatest team on the planet at the moment, but they are about to embark on a new era which could be symbolic for European football as a whole.

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Bayern is coming for the throne

Will Bayern Munich use the Champions League semifinal to take Barcelona's place at the top of world football?

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No matter who wins, Pep loses

No matter which of Bayern Munich and Barcelona triumphs in their UEFA Champions League semifinal, it's bad news for once and future manager Pep Guardiola.

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Time, TV and streaming info for Bayern-Barcelona

Here's all the info on where and when to watch the Champions League tilt between Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Can Bayern do what AC Milan did and shut out Barcelona in the first leg?

Click here for live updates during Bayern Munich-Barcelona, plus pre-game and post-game features.

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Van Buyten is becoming Bayern Munich's anchor

The oft-maligned centerback has quickly become a vital part of Bayern Munich's race to the treble.

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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: tactical preview

Bayern's right-sided bias might be key in what should be a tight encounter between the leading lights of Spain and Germany

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In darkest days, our warriors will rise

The power grid has been turned off. The Nothing is spreading across the land. Who will be out Bastian Bux? Our Atreyu? Who are we going to call to protect us from another the greatest threat to soccer since Sepp Blatter?

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Barcelona out to prove they're still the best

Pep Guardiola's former club against Pep Guardiola's new club. The best two teams in the world. The potential passing of the torch from the best team of this generation to the best team of the next generation. Narratives!

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