Bayern Munich massacred the used be invincible Barcelona in the epic first leg encounter at the Allianz Arena. Prior to the game, this was meant to be the main litmus test for the newly crowned Bundesliga champion, but the Bavarians were not stretched and showed the incredible form they have displayed since the start of the season. Goals from Thomas Muller who had a brace scoring in each half, Arjen Robben and Super Mario Gomez put the German in a very favourable position ahead of the second leg .the victory puts them on the brink of another .
The game started with both team playing cautiously, Barcelona as usually were stringing the passes and dominating possession but the German looked more like to break the dead lock in a highly intensive attacking game. Robben missed an opportunities in the early minutes of the game and Phillip Lahm and Muller missed scoring opportunities but this were signs of things to come. The deadlock was broken eventually when Dante’s header from Arjen Robben land in Muller path - and a header secured the first goal. The host maintained the momentum and could have increased the tally. Once again the vulnerability of the Catalans in the defence line was apparent for all to see – Carles Puyol and Javi Mascherano were sorely missed as they were sidelined due to injury. The Spanish side who are in the sixth consecutive Semi Finals had the few odd chances; however the Brazilian signing Dante was a solid rock in the rear.
As the second half commenced, the German maintained the tempo and showed so much resilience coupled with persistent pressing – the were also very quick in tracking back and surprise was the best player in the world Lionel Messi was virtually non existent. Munich effort paid off quite early in the second half, just 3 minutes into the half Mario Gomez tapped in Muller’s headed pull back. Later on Arjen Robben who was a thorn in the flesh of the Barca’ s defence had his effort paid off with a solo effort to give his team the third goal. Things got worse for the visitors when first goal scorer Thomas Muller scored toward the end of the game to seal the victory. Barcelona could be stronger in the return leg but once wonder how they will erase a four goal deficit next week at the Camp Nou. Earlier before the game it was announced that Dortmund Midfielder Mario Gotze would be joining Bayern Munich at the end of the season
Oba Adeola Amokomowo
IB Times Bundesliga Contributor