Bayern Munich will be favourites to reach the Champions League final after a dominant display beat Barcelona in their semi-final first leg. With Lionel Messi appearing to suffer from an injury, Thomas Mueller headed in at the back post before Mario Gomez scored from close range. Arjen Robben curled into the corner despite Mueller’s block on Jordi Alba, reports the BBC.
Mueller then crowned an amazing night by converting David Alaba’s cross eight minutes from the end. Barca may have legitimate complaints about Robben’s strike after 73 minutes when Alba was taken out by Bayern’s opening goalscorer.Nonetheless, on a night when Messi looked a shadow of his normal self after a previous hamstring problem, Bayern were unstoppable and are firmly on course to reach their third final in four years.