Bayern Munich vs Barcelona, Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Today kicks off the first semi-final in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League season with a classic match-up between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm ET, live from Munich.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Soccer (with pre-game coverage beginning at 2pm ET).

With the news last night that Bayern Munich has agreed a fee to sign Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund this summer, Bayern are turning into an international powerhouse, so an impressive result against Barcelona today could give the German team a massive boost against undoubtedly the best team in the world, Barcelona.

With Barcelona, the big question is whether Lionel Messi will be fit or not to play in today’s match. According to news reports, Messi has been given the all-clear to play today, so the only question is whether he’ll start or not. In a match of this magnitude, and knowing how poor Barcelona play without him, I think Messi has to start.

Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer, Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez.

Barcelona starting XI: Valdés, Alves, Bartra, Piqué, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedrito, Alexis, Messi.

Before, during or after today’s Champions League match, join in the conversation with fellow football supporters in the comments section below.


27 thoughts on “Bayern Munich vs Barcelona, Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread”

      1. That maybe, they all sucked…. So much for referees under the leadership of the bald Italian…horrid. Luigi just horrid.

  1. The game’s not over yet, but it’s another weak performance from Barcelona in the Champions League.

    Maybe it’s time to pass the baton from Barcelona to Bayern Munich as the best team in the world?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. Stopping the game for a non head injury… Never happens in the BPL… This officiating crew are piss poor… 3rd goal was more like a basket ball move

  3. Good lord, I believe the Legion Kondor was bombing Guernica the last time Germans were running this amok in Spain.

  4. Messi should never have started… He looks way off his game.

    I guess they have no choice but to play him when he says he wants to play, he picks himself….a shame Tito won’t yank him for cesc.

  5. Credit Bayern for the way they defended against the tiki-taka of Barcelona. They closed them down early and everyone helped out on defense. You had Ribery defending in his own penalty area on more than one occassion. Never seen him do that before.

    Then you had the offense of Bayern with loads of talent taking it to Barcelona whenever they had the chance. Bayern are also very good on the counter-attack. They are destined to win the Champions League trophy this year. But we shall see.

  6. Am favor from Ibrede, Bayern Munich has done well and Then you had the offense of Bayern with loads of talent taking it to Barcelona whenever they had the chance. Bayern are also very good on the counter-attack. They are destined to win the Champions League trophy this year. But we shall see.well done BM.

  7. Clear cut offside on the second goal, and a shocking no-call for the 3rd goal: bodycheck on Alba…

    Barca did miss Puyol and Masch…midfield, Barce’s strongest weapon, was non-existent…in retrospect, starting Messi was a bad call…Alexis and Pedro were invisible…Fabregas and Villa could have done better…could have, should have…Barca had one shot on goal that I can remember…

    Barca had their share of luck v. Ac Milan and PSG to progress thus far…

    Better team on the night won, although 4 was a bit harsh…

    I still think that if Real sneaks past Dortmund, Real will win it all…we shall see…

    1. Alba through himself to the ground as if he had been shot by a cannon. Had he wanted to round the attacker to get back to Robben he could have, but i don’t think it would have mattered much.

  8. Sad day for me. Barca has come back before, but highly doubtful against a team like Bayern. Can’t believe Alexis was started, would have preferred to see Villa.

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