Magical Messi leads Barcelona past Bayern Munich

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:48 PM by Shane Barrow
Magical Messi leads Barcelona past Bayern Munich

And you thought yesterday's game between Juventus and Real Madrid was good....  Today was even better!  What a game as Bayern Munich travelled to Barcelona to open their semifinal Champions League matchup between the two world powers.

For 75 minutes today was a clinic in world class goalkeeping.  Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer was offering further proof that he was the best keeper on the planet as he turned away Barcelona attack after attack.  Luis Suarez. Denied.  Dani Alves. Nope. Neymar. Denied.  Lionel Messi. Denied.  As the match went to the break scoreless one had to wonder if Barcelona could solve the riddle and get one past Manuel Neuer.

And then the match turned on its head. The opening 75 belonged to Neuer.  The final 15 were all about Lionel Messi.  The goals came in a flurry of activity.  Barcelona were once again on the front foot as Lionel Messi floated a tantalizing ball into the Bayern penalty box.  Neymar raced in to meet it and was possinly clipped going to ground.  Three players from each side accosted the referee looking for a decision.  Barcelona players wanting a penalty kick while the German players wanted Neymar booked for a dive.

Foul or dive?  Meanwhile, Neuer started play throwing the ball to the left back Benatia who tried to dribble out and promptly lost the ball to Dani Alves.  Smartly enough Alves yielded to Lionel Messi who prepped onto his left foot and fired low past the diving Neuer into the net.  The Nou Camp erupted as Barcelona had finally beaten the spectacular goalkpper.

The second goal arrived before the celebrations of the first had even slowed.  Once again it was the greatest player on Earth making some more magic.  Lionel Messi received the ball one v one with poor Jerome Boateng.  One quick move and Boateng was flat on his rear end.  Messi raced in on Neuer who came to meet him.  Another touch of class as Messi softly lifted over the keeper and floated a chip into the net.

The third might turn out to be the biggest goal though.  Bayern simply pushed too many men forward in the fourth minute of stoppage time when the play turned the other way.  Luis Suarez was creamed in the midfield, but the referee smartly played advantage.  Neymar raced away leaving everyone in the dust.  Neuer had no chance as Neymar faked and then slotted right underneath the keeper making it 3-0.

Three goals in the final fifteen minutes turned the match completely on its head.  A total failure for Pep Guardiola in his return.  Now Barcelona take a three goal advantage to Germany.  We have seen Bayern erupt on its home field with a potent home offense.  But can they make up three?  They will also need to keep Barca of the scoresheet too.  If Barcelona can get one next Tuesday in Germany it will mean Bayern Munich must get five.  Barcelona completely in control and headed towards the Champions League final.