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Highlights and context: Muller, Bayern Munich brush aside Barcelona

Apr 23, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

If you read the post-match reaction, you’ll see Jordi Roura and Gerard Piqué allude to whistles that could have been blown on Bayern’s first three goals. As you watch that above highlights, note:

  • Dante using his arms to elevate for his assist on Thomas Muller’s opener,
  • Mario Gomez’s position when Muller finds him for the second goal, and
  • Muller’s pick on Jordi Alba ahead of Arjen Robben’s score.

To their credit, neither Roura nor Piqué made a big deal out of it. These are the types of obstacles teams have to overcome, and Barcelona didn’t. Both their coach and the team’s best defender seemed more concerned by the fact Barça was in position to see calls go against them, and rightly so. Dictating most of the games they play, Barcelona’s used to forcing officials to make tough calls at the other end. On Tuesday, they let themselves be victims of chance.

[ MORE: End of an era for Barcelona? | Reaction: In their words ]

Bayern were the beneficiaries, fortune that was part of what Jupp Heynckes called a “perfect” night. But another big part that was Thomas Muller, whose two goals, one assist, and a Man of the Match performance in Toni Kroos’s spot.

With Bayern’s playmaker injured in the last round, Muller’s been moved in from the right wing to play behind the striker. Last round against Juventus, the difference was negligible, but against a Barcelona team against whom an additional midfielder was thought to be more helpful than a supporting striker, Kroos’s absence was expected to be felt.

Not on Tuesday. Muller’s more predatory instincts made the difference on each of his two goals, while his height helped win the ball that led to Mario Gomez’s goal.

It was all part of one of the more impressive Champions League efforts in years. Barcelona put a similar 4-0 on Bayern Munich in 2008-09, but that wasn’t the same Bayern. That was in the quarterfinals. That was a regrouping München. This was a legendary Barcelona.

That’s why today’s result is so much different, and whether it marks the end of an era or not, the rout will be long remembered in both Munich and Barcelona.

  1. koozie618 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I saw 2 Barcelona hand balls that could’ve been called too but didn’t. Bayern dominated this game and deserved to win.

  2. listerineman - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    this is one one sided report. you forget that barcelona played 3 times (!!!!!!!) the ball with the hand in the penalty box. all could be easily a penalty shot. bayern won because they were the better team today. also barcelona was outcoached. barcelonas window is closing.

  3. doublezero74 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Barcelona was outplayed by bayern, but their is no window closing and to think that is ridiculous. The best player in the world is only 25 and along with 3/4 of their team are in their prime. Bayern was better on the day that’s it

  4. listerineman - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    the spanish era is OVER! window is definetly closing on the spanish players. they had a great run with multiple international titles.

  5. listerineman - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    one more thing. it looks like real madrid leaked the info to the press that goetze goes from dortmund to munich 2 days before the dortmund real game. why do you think they did that? watch the pressconference from dortmund from tuesday.

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