Brilliant Bayern take giant leap toward final



SPANISH giants Barcelona suffered their heaviest defeat in six years as they were blown away by Bayern in the Champions League semi-final.

A brace from Thomas Muller, plus goals from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben inflicted the biggest margin of defeat on Tito Vilanova’s side since a 4-0 Copa Del Rey semi-final reverse against Getafe in May 2007.

And former Chelsea winger Robben felt Bayern were good value for their mammoth victory.

“We fought for every metre and we didn’t give them space to play, we deserved to win,” he said.

“This team has dominated Europe in the last five years, so to beat them means we can be very proud. Let’s enjoy this but no more, because we still have the second game to play and we have to be ready.”

Bayern took the lead on 25 minutes when Bonfim Dante headed Robben’s pass across goal for Muller to head in.

And the home side doubled their advantage four minutes into the second half when the excellent Muller rose above defender Dani Alves to head Robben’s corner into the path of Gomez to sweep in.

Robben got on the scoresheet on 73 minutes with the aid of a bodycheck from Muller on defender Jordi Alba, clearing the way for him to close in on goal and finish from a narrow angle.

And an incredible day for the German champions, who announced the £32m signing of playmaker Mario Gotze before kick-off, was completed with eight minutes remaining when Muller turned in David Alaba’s cross.