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Magical Messi destroys Pep Guardiola’s Bayern in Barcelona

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Barcelona achieved a fantastic 3-0 victory (watch all goals and highlights here) against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Lionel Messi and Neymar scored the goals for the blaugrana, who enjoyed 51 percent of possession, created 15 goal-scoring chances and attempted 13 shots, eight of them on target.

Although much of the pre-match talk had been focused on Pep Guardiola's return to the stadium that saw him grow from ball boy to legendary manager, the attention shifted toward the pitch as soon as the game started, leaving no room for sentiment.

As expected, the game was hugely contested from beginning to end, with both managers choosing to chase the opposite goal from the initial whistle. Such a decisive effort to push forward resulted on several ...

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