After flexing their muscles in the first half, Bayern got down to business in the second 45 minutes to stamp their authority on a tie which never appeared to be out of their total control. Arjen Robben put them ahead before Franck Ribery caused Gerard Pique to put through his own goal, and Thomas Müller completed the comprehensive win.
Lahm heavily involved
With a 4-0 lead to defend from the first leg, one of the options may have been to sit back and defend for 90 minutes, yet that thought did not appear to have crossed any minds in the Bayern camp. Although Barcelona were quick to parade their customary possessional prowess, Bayern sought every chance they could to get forwards themselves.
Philipp Lahm spent as much time marauding forwards down the right as he did caring for his defensive duties. Arjen Robben was often the beneficiary, but Gerard Pique lunged to deny him once before nullifying a chance for Lahm from Bastian Schweinsteiger’s backheel.
As the clock wound down, Barca had to throw caution to the wind, though, and they continued to surge forwards at every opportunity. Without the talismanic Messi, who had been surprisingly excluded from the starting XI, their attack was too blunt to penetrate. Pedro came closest with a shot which Manuel Neuer tipped behind before Xavi Hernandez volleyed over from close range and Adriano released a tame effort.
There was nothing tame nor harmless about the shot which Robben arced into the far corner of Victor Valdes’ goal early in the second half, effectively putting the game to bed. Pedro made the mistake of inviting the Dutch winger onto his deadly left foot, and the rest was history.
With a place in the final under lock and key, Heynckes turned his attention to Wembley and withdrew Bastian Schweinsteiger, bringing Luiz Gustavo on. One of the Brazilian’s first duties was to send Franck Ribery down the left and his cross was deflected into the top corner of his own goal by Pique.
There were 20 minutes to go and Barca were already pining for the final whistle, but there was more embarrassment to come for the Spanish giants. Ribery again surged down the left and lifted the ball up to the far post where Müller rose to head in his third over the two legs, and the third on the night to set up the first ever all-German Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona: Victor Valdes - Daniel Alves, Pique, Bartra (Montoya 87'), Adriano - Xavi (Sanchez 55'), Song, Iniesta (Alacantra 64') - Villa, Fabregas, Pedro
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (Rafinha 77'), Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba - Schweinsteiger (Luiz Gustavo 66'), Martinez (Tymoshchuk 74') - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Mandzukic
Goals: 0-1 Robben (49'), 0-2 Pique (o.g. 72'), 0-3 Müller (76')