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Messi passed fit for Bayern semi-final

16 April 2013 17:46

Lionel Messi is fit to face Bayern Munich in Barcelona's Champions League semi-final first leg on April 23.

The 25-year-old was told at training on Tuesday he would be ready to play against the Bavarians next week with his hamstring problem a thing of the past.

The Argentine has missed Barca's last two Liga matches with the injury, however, he did come off the bench in between Tito Vilanova side's domestic matches to have a major impact in the Liga giant's second leg with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

The Catalunya club were trailing 1-0 when the four-time Ballon d'Or winner was brought off the bench.

He eventually set up Pedro for the crucial equaliser which ensured their progression into the semi-finals on away goals (3-3 on aggregate).

It remains to be seen whether Vilanova and his assistant Jordi Roura choose to risk playing the forward against Levante on Saturday, though it can be assumed that Messi being rested is a sensible option with second-placed Real Madrid 13 points behind with seven games to go.

Before his injury, the attacker had gone on a record-breaking runof scoring in 19 consecutive Liga matches and tops the Primera Division goalscorer table with 43 goals.


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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
23 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
On aggregate
7 - 0
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

T. Müller 25'
(assist by Dante) 
1 - 0
M. Gómez 49'
(assist by T. Müller) 
2 - 0
A. Robben 73'
(assist by B. Schweinsteiger) 
3 - 0
T. Müller 82'
(assist by D. Alaba) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
21
17
27
4
10 73'
31 87'
7
8 46'
33 37' 49'
25 25' 82'
Coach: J. Heynckes
# Player Bookings
1
2
3
18 89'
15 39'
8 90+2'
6
16
10
9 87'
17
Coach: Tito Vilanova

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
30
14
11
5
13
22
44
# Player Bookings
7
4
11
13
19
22
25

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