Champions League semi-final
FC Bayern München restored a measure of pride by beating FC Barcelona 3-2 in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg, but it wasn't enough to overturn the three-goal deficit from the reverse fixture as Barca booked their place in the final of the competition courtesy of a 5-3 aggregate scoreline (©Imago)
"One city, one dream" read FC Bayern's pre-match choreography and the fans were in fine voice from the off
Seven minutes in and the volume levels were raised even further by the home faithful as Medhi Benatia headed the Bavarians in front...
...giving the sold out Allianz Arena reason to believe that the impossible could still be possible
However, that hope was quashed soon after when Neymar (front) put FC Barcelona in front with two goals before the half-hour mark
Robert Lewandowski (c.) restored parity with a goal that his battling performance deserved, leaving Javier Mascherano for dead on the edge of the area before curling an effort in off the far post
FC Bayern retook the lead with just over quarter of an hour played when Thomas Müller (l.) fired home from Bastian Schweinsteiger's (front) lay-off
However, while the result on the night was positive it wasn't enough to pull off a Munich miracle as the German record titleholders fell short at the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League against Spanish opposition for the second consecutive season
Pep Guardiola's FC Bayern München slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to FC Barcelona in the sides' UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg on the Catalan head coach's return to his former club
The Camp Nou clash proved to be a high-octane encounter from the off, both sides pushing each other high up the pitch...
...but it was Barcelona who enjoyed the game's first chances, Luiz Suarez (r.) failing to convert when one-on-one with the outstanding Manuel Neuer (c.) (© Imago)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) put in a workmanlike shift in the centre of the park for Bayern, who were enjoying the larger share of possession in the Catalan capital...
...and should have taken the lead when Robert Lewandowski (r.) had only former Borussia Mönchengladbach shot-stopper Marc-Andre ted Stegen to beat from close range
It was Lionel Messi at the other end who broke the deadlock for Barcelona, however, the Argentinian getting on the scoresheet twice in the final 13 minutes...
...before Neymar (l.) made it three four minutes into extra time to give his side a 3-0 advantage ahead of Tuesday's return fixture at the Allianz Arena (© Imago)