Champions League SF: Bayern hammer Messi-less Barcelona
Bayern Munich crushed Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final to advance to the final on a 7-0 aggregate scoreline. Barcelona, who needed a minor miracle to stake a claim for a final berth missed star striker Lionel Messi for the crucial clash at the Camp Nou on May 1, 2013. (All AFP images)
The fans of Barcelona knew the going will be tough against Bayern Munich but if anyone could save Barcelona from a rout was Lionel Messi, who was listed out of stating XI due to hamstring injury. Here is the fans' tribute to Messi - a poster depicting Lionel Messi as the Messiah at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona's Brazilian defender Adriano (L) vies with Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, French midfielder Franck Ribery, Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben and Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo celebrate after the first goal of the game was netted by Robben in the 48th minute.
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (L) looks at the ball in the net after his own goal at 72nd minute took Bayern Munich closer to the Champions League final at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
Bayern Munich's supporters react during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match FC Barcelona vs FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 1, 2013.
Bayern Munich's midfielder Thomas Mueller (C) heads the ball in the 76th minute to score the third goal of the eveing during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match, ultimately giving his side a 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona.
(L-R) Barcelona's midfielders Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara along with forward David Villa react after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Finally, Bayern Munich's players celebrated their victory over FC Barcelona in their own unique way at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 1, 2013.