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Barcelona into Champions League final


Barcelona into Champions League final

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MUNICH (AP) – Barcelona advanced to the Champions League football final for the first time since 2011.

Despite a 3-2 loss at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Barcelona won 5-3 on aggregate.

Seeking their fifth European title, Barcelona will play defending champion Real Madrid or Juventus in Berlin on June 6. Host Real will try to overturn a 2-1 deficit in Wednesday’s other semi-final.

Trailing after a 3-0 loss at Barcelona last week, Bayern went ahead when Medhi Benatia scored on a header off a corner kick in the seventh minute.

Neymar scored eight minutes later, and the away goal meant Bayern needed a four-goal victory to advance. Neymar’s second goal, his 37th this season, put Barcelona ahead 2-1 in the 29th.

Bayern got goals from Robert Lewandowski in the 59th and Thomas Mueller in the 74th. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who coached Barcelona to 14 titles from 2008-12, exchanged an extended hug with current Blaugrana coach Luis Enrique after the final whistle.

Barcelona will be in what could be the second straight all-La Liga final after Real’s win over crosstown rival Atletico last year. Led by a combined 114 goals from Messi (53), Luis Suarez and Neymar (24), the Blaugrana are in the European final for the eighth time.

Bayern, the 2013 champion under coach Jupp Heynckes, were knocked out for the second straight season in the semi-finals under Guardiola, who has said he will stay for the final season of his contract and not leave to manage Manchester City.

Bayern, which clinched their third straight Bundesliga title, were hampered by injuries to wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.