In the semifinals of the Champions League, Bayern failed to make up ground on Barça. But the Germans went out through the front door by winning 3-2.
It took a miracle for Bayern tonight against FC Barcelona, large winner in the first leg. A miracle as only Guardiola’s men are capable of. In a superheated Allianz Arena, the Germans had the opportunity to make one of the biggest hits in the history of the Champions League.
Barça tremble for ten minutes. The Bavarians opened the scoring quickly through Benatia, who is completely forgotten in the penalty area on a corner kick from Xabi Alonso. To the far post, Moroccan defender straightens his head enough to fool ter Stegen, who could barely scratch the ball. Bayern reached their goal of scoring early in the match to put pressure on their opponent. The dreamed scenario (1-0, 7th).
Suarez-Neymar, act two: the same Uruguayan escapes after a deviation of the head from a teammate in the center circle. Benatia had completely dropped the old Red who drove his ball into the box and carries two defenders with him. Its service for Neymar is good, the brazilian controls the ball and quickly follows with a strike that leaves no chance to Neuer, in his tight angle (1-2, 29th). The nightmare scenario …
After the slap received in the first leg, the Bavarians had to react in front of their audience. If the qualification flew away after half an hour of play, the Germans still wanted to bring back a prestigious victory, facing a far bet Barça in the second half.
Pedro replaces Suarez at the dawn of the second act, therefore, the Blaugranas prioritize defense. But Lewandowski equalized after a nice dance step to get rid of Mascherano at the edge of the box, he then applies a cool finish to make it 2-2 (59th). Without really believing in the impossible, Bayern continued to push, until they found a crack yet again when Schweinsteiger took advantage of a favorable counterattack to deliver towards Muller on the edge of the area. The German international wraped without contrôl and let ter Stegen on the spot (3-2, 74th).
A success for honor then, that somewhat washes the insult suffered at Camp Nou. The Germans return victorious for the first time in four games all competitions, but finnish at the final’s doorstep for the second consecutive year.
For its part, FC Barcelona is back at the top of Europe, and looks forward to welcoming his next opponent. Whatever it is, their primary mission will be to prevent the magical triplet Messi-Neymar-Suarez from scoring. Hard to find a defense in Europe able to do that … that of Juventus or Real Madrid already expect to spend a complicated evening next June 6th in Berlin.