Barca ease into semis
Barcelona eased into the semi-finals of the Champions League as they drew 1-1 at Bayern Munich.
Last Updated: 14/04/09 10:03pm
Barcelona eased into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League as they drew 1-1 at Bayern Munich to give them a 5-1 aggregate victory.
After their stunning 4-0 win in the first-leg last week, there was little doubt that Barca would go through and they never looked like succumbing at the Allianz Arena.
After a goalless first-half, Bayern took the lead as Franck Ribery pounced with a nice finish.
But Barca levelled with a terrific move as Seydou Keita was teed up on the edge of the box and he lashed the ball home to seal the draw.
Barca, favourites for the competition, now meet Chelsea in the semi-finals - after they overcame Liverpool.
Bayern made four changes to the team which crashed to defeat in Spain last week with Lucio and Philipp Lahm reinforcing the defence in place of Breno and Massimo Oddo, while Jose Ernesto Sosa started on the wing for Hamit Altintop and Andreas Ottl took over from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Barcelona lost Thierry Henry to a fever with Keita given the nod. Eric Abidal took the place of the suspended Rafael Marquez.
If Bayern were going to make a game of it, it was imperative they scored early on and they had the chance to do so in the sixth minute when Sosa robbed Abidal and swung in a tempting cross which Luca Toni unconvincingly flicked wide from eight yards.
Luca Toni had the ball in the back of the net a minute later, but the linesman's flag had long since been raised to deny him.
Italy international Toni then turned provider for Ribery to fire just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area as the home side made a bright start.
Barca needed time to get into the game, but their first spell of pressure coincided with several incursions from Lionel Messi.
He set up Samuel Eto'o in the 34th minute, but the Cameroon international's shot was blocked by Lucio.
Daniel Alves then shot over the crossbar before Martin Demichelis made a crucial sliding challenge to deny Messi.
Bayern weathered the first storm adequately and returned to the other end for Toni to blaze his angled drive over the crossbar after being fed by Mark van Bommel.
And the hosts went ahead two minutes into the second half when Ze Roberto slid a pass into the path of Ribery, who shifted the ball onto his preferred right foot and fired high into Victor Valdes' goal.
Even though their overall advantage was barely dented by the goal, Barca's pride was still at stake and they showed they did not want to be beaten on the night.
They had an appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Roberto Rosetti when Mark van Bommel used his strength to barge Andres Iniesta to the ground.
A skilful exchange of passes led to Barca's equaliser in the 73rd minute as their slick one-touch football carved open the Bayern defence with Keita providing the finish from 25 yards.Iniesta, Eto'o and Xavi all combined to provide Keita with the chance to put the tie beyond any doubt and set up a semi-final meeting with Chelsea for Pep Guardiola's men.
|Bayern München||Team Statistics||Barcelona|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||1|
|7||Shots off Target||6|