Champions League: Neymar double helps put Barcelona in final

There was no repeat of last season’s semifinal capitulation, but Bayern Munich’s hopes of winning the Champions League on home soil have been ended by another Spanish side.

Barcelona progressed to the final of European football’s top club competition for the eighth time Tuesday with a 5-3 aggregate win over the German champion, despite losing 3-2 at the Allianz Arena.

Medhi Benatia gave the Bavarian fans hope of another incredible comeback when he headed home a corner in the seventh minute, but Barcelona’s star forward trio combined twice to effectively seal the outcome inside half an hour.

Both times the moves started with Lionel Messi, then Luis Suarez provided killer passes to Neymar as Bayern’s defense was caught on the counter-attack.

Robert Lewandowski made up for his first-half frustration with a fine equalizer from the edge of the area with half an hour to play, and Thomas Muller put Bayern ahead on the night with a similar curled effort, but last week’s 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp proved too much to overcome — though the defeat did end Barca’s 18-match unbeaten run.


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