And in case you missed them, catch up on video highlights of all three goals:
Here’s a video of Barcelona’s third goal from Neymar.
And the final whistle goes. Three goals in the final 13 minutes, two from Messi, one from Neymar, have surely decided this semifinal in favor of Barcelona. It’s incredibly harsh on Bayern, who contributed so much to a fantastic match, but Barcelona’s attacking talent proved too much to contain over 90 minutes.
More on the goal: Bayern were caught pushing upfield, allowing Messi to play Neymar through on goal. The Brazilian takes it from halfway clear into the penalty area and then clearly fired low past Neuer. Bayern were right in this match and tie for so long but Barcelona’s front three have been decisive.
94 mins: Neymar makes it 3-0! Surely that’s the tie all over now.
92 mins: Bayern look deflated by those two Messi goals. Struggling to mount any real threat as they search for what could be a vital away goal.
90 mins: Four minutes of injury time to be played.
88 mins: Barcelona make their second change. Like for like, with Marc Bartra replacing Javier Mascherano.
Here's a video of Messi's second goal. Enjoy.
84 mins: It so easily could have been 3-0. Neymar plays Suarez through but he fires over the crossbar. Not the best pass in fairness from Neymar.
83 mins: Straight after the first goal Guardiola brought on Gotze for Muller, while Luis Enrique has now called for Xavi in place of Rakitic. Bayern really need an away goal now.
More on the goal: Rakitic plays Messi one-on-one against Boateng and the world’s best player leaves the Bayern defender on the floor with some brilliant footwork before producing a sensational dink over Neuer to find the far side of the net. Big advantage now for Barcelona.
80 mins: Messi! Brilliant, just brilliant. The Argentinean makes it 2-0 to Barcelona.
Here's the goal:
More on the goal: Guardiola said there was no way to stop Messi and so it’s proved. Bernat sloppily gives the ball away on the left, Alves plays it inside to Messi, who unleashes a great strike beyond the dive of Neuer to his near post. Barcelona 1-0 Bayern Munich.
77 mins: Messi scores! Barcelona take the lead.
75 mins: Neither coach has gone to their bench yet. Xavi perhaps the leading option for Barcelona, while Bayern have Mario Gotze waiting in the wings.
72 mins: That was the first time Ter Stegen’s been mentioned on here so far, and, indeed, that was the first save he's had to make.
71 mins: Thiago presented with a chance to shoot from the edge of the box, but he gets it all wrong. A deflection off Iniesta takes it on target but only into the grasp of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
68 mins: This is still the best chance of the match so far -- Neuer saving from Suarez after 15 minutes.
66 mins: Gerard Pique earns himself a booking for diving in to stop Lewandowski getting past him 25 yards from goal.
64 mins: Another opening for Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic plays the ball into Neymar in space on the left of the box, but, looking for the far corner, he shoots high over the crossbar.
61 mins: Neuer to Bayern’s rescue again! Messi sends Neymar away in behind the Bayern defense, but Neuer is so alert and already out to meet the ball before the Brazilian.
59 mins: Some brilliant play from Neymar, jinking through the Bayern defense, but his pass fails to find Messi. Barcelona now in the ascendency.
57 mins: While you have to say Bayern look the more fluid team, when Barcelona can get the ball into the front three they always look dangerous. Messi just tested Neuer with a fierce shot straight at the Bayern goalkeeper.
55 mins: Bayern have certainly been on top at the start of the second half, looking the more composed on the ball going forward. Of course, they’re lacking the game-changing ability of Arjen Robben, though.
52 mins: Mehdi Benatia enters the referee’s book after hauling down Andres Iniesta.
48 mins: No signs of the pace slowing down yet in the second half. Guardiola said that his side needed an away goal to take back to Munich. How much is he willing to risk to get it?
47 mins: An early opportunity for Bayern. Lewandowski was hauled down by Alves on the edge of the box, but Xabi Alonso’s free-kick goes straight into the wall.
46 mins: And we’re back underway at the Camp Nou for the second half.
A breathless first 45 minutes. Both teams came out looking to play on the front foot and Bayern’s decision to go man-to-man at the back allowed Barcelona a couple of early chances. The visitors have looked more secure with four at the back, but are still pressing high and came close to going in front themselves through Lewandowski. Barcelona, though, were on top at the end of the period and Neuer was again called into action to stop from Alves.
45 mins: Halftime at the Camp Nou. Barcelona 0-0 Bayern Munich. To say that it would be wrong to judge this game on the fact that there have been no goals so far would be the understatement of all understatements. It’s been riveting so far.
43 mins: Barcelona’s front three again close to finding a way through Bayern’s back line. Suarez just unable to find Neymar with an intricate return pass.
38 mins: Chance for Barcelona! The hosts have been concentrating their attacks down the right side for the past few minutes and that almost pays dividends. Dani Alves was played through into the box by a brilliant pass from Anders Iniesta, but for the second time in this match Neuer saved the day with his legs. Stil 0-0.
36 mins: Messi curls a free-kick from 30 yards out, but Neuer holds onto it fairly comfortably.
31 mins: Bayern starting gain some ascendency now, with their high press pushing Barcelona back. Good spell for the visitors.
30 mins: Bayern with a good move, but Thiago over hits his cross beyond the head of Schweinsteiger.
27 mins: Suarez heads a corner a couple of yards over the bar. Neuer had it covered.
24 mins: The game is certainly less frantic and open since Bayern’s system change. The extra man at the back helping Bayern out against Messi, Suarez and Neymar.
21 mins: Messi just casually beats three Bayern players before curling an effort wide of the post. The great man is feeling it tonight.
19 mins: Meanwhile those chances for Barcelona appear to have made Guardiola think better of his initial boldness. Bayern have now gone to a back four, with Rafinha at right-back and Juan Bernat at left-back. Thiago on the left of a midfield four.
18 mins: Bayern now with a big chance! Muller’s low cross finds Lewandowski completely free on the edge of the six-yard box, but he can’t make clean contact and the effort goes well wide.
15 mins: Barcelona so close to taking the lead! Suarez goes past Boateng down the right of the box, squares for Neymar, but the Brazilian’s effort deflects inches wide off of Rafinha.
12 mins: Bayern so nearly punished. Boateng pushes up and gets the offside trap wrong, allowing Suarez to run in on goal, but Manuel Neuer comes to the rescue by saving with his legs.
11 mins: Incredible end-to-end in the early going. Barcelona so close to getting in at one end and then Bayern stream forward and look dangerous at the other. Remarkable to see a game this open in the first leg of a Champions League semifinal.
9 mins: Rather than stop Messi, Suarez and Neymar on the ball, Bayern’s tactics appear to be to prevent them from getting the ball by pressing Barcelona intensely. It’s certainly bold.
7 mins: Suarez now with a tame shot from the edge of the box. Bayern are taking a huge gamble by going man-to-man at the back against the best front three in the world. Surely a matter of time before they get punished if this continues.
7 mins: Some brilliant Messi footwork down the right starts a Barcelona attack, but Bayern counter and Lewandowski has a shot blocked.
4 mins: Big penalty appeal as Suarez looks to race onto the ball in the box. Jerome Boateng eases him off the ball but it would have been a very soft penalty.
2 mins: Already this is promising to be a hugely engaging matchup, with Barcelona pressing Bayern’s back three intensely in the early stages.
1 min: The first thing to notice is that Guardiola has gone with three at the back, with Rafinha as the left-sided center-back.
1 min: And we’re underway at the Camp Nou!
2:44 p.m. EDT: And Guardiola is the last one to come out onto the pitch he called home for so long.
2:43 p.m. EDT: Players now walking out onto the pitch, ready for the Champions League anthem. The Camp Nou is in full voice and full color tonight.
2:40 p.m. EDT: Can Bayern conquer Barcelona’s incredible attacking trio without Arjen Robben, without Franck Ribery and with a surely physically compromised Robert Lewandowski? Kick off now just five minutes away at the Camp Nou.
2:23 p.m. EDT: One other piece of interesting team news is an appearance on the Barcelona bench for Thomas Vermaelen. Injury has meant the Belgium defender has yet to play a single minute since being signed from Arsenal last summer.
2:15 p.m. EDT: Just 30 minutes now until kickoff, when Guardiola comes back to his former club and tries to get a result to take to Munich next week.
1:35 p.m. EDT: Barcelona’s lineup is now in:
Barça XI: 1.Ter Stegen 3.Piqué 4.Rakitic 5.Sergio 8.Iniesta 9.Suárez 10.Messi 11.Neymar 14.Mascherano 18.J. Alba 22.Alves #FCBFCB
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2015
1:31 p.m. EDT: So Javi Martinez and Mario Gotze have to settle for a place on the bench. It looks like Guardiola will go with a narrow four in midfield, although he could still play Rafinha in a back three as he has done before this season.
1:28 p.m. EDT: Bayern Munich get their starting lineup in first:
â€” FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 6, 2015
Storylines abound as two of Europe’s giants go head to head in Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The match will be the first time that the most successful manager in Barcelona’s history, Pep Guardiola, will return to the Camp Nou in a competitive setting since his departure three years ago. The Bayern Munich coach now faces the task of outwitting former teammate Luis Enrique as well as stopping his former charge Lionel Messi.
Messi and Barcelona come into the contest in sparkling form. In the last two matches alone, the Catalans have scored 14 unanswered goals, with Messi, along with Luis Suárez and Neymar, threatening to break scoring records aplenty. Between them the star trio now has 108 goals to their name this season. Bayern Munich in contrast will be going into the first leg with an attack that has been decimated by injuries. Arjen Robben, their most direct attacking outlet, and partner in crime out wide Franck Ribery are both ruled out. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski will have to wear a protective mask and is still not sure of being able to start at the Camp Nou after breaking his nose and jaw last week. David Alaba and Holger Badstuber are also ruled out, while Barcelona’s only absentee is defender Jeremy Mathieu.
Robben and Lewandowski both suffered their injuries in Bayern’s defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal, which cost the recently crowned Bundesliga champions a chance for a treble this season. That dream remains very much alive for Barcelona. In Enrique’s first season in charge Barcelona have a two point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, with the Copa del Rey final still to come. Guardiola, one of the game’s great tactical minds, now has to negotiate the emotions of a return to his spiritual home as well as overcoming a lengthy injury list and stopping Europe’s most in-form team.
Check back for confirmed lineups and then live score updates and video highlights, but in the meantime you can see how the teams might line up below and read a full tactical breakdown here.
G: Ter Stegen
D: Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
M: Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta
F: Messi, Suárez, Neymar
D: Rafinh,. Boateng, Benatia, Bernat
M: Lahm, Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Thiago
F: Muller, Lewandowski