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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Barcelona v Bayern Munich – as it happens from the Nou Camp

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Song, Villa, Pedro.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Van Buyten, Boateng, Lahm, Ribery, Javi Martinez, Robben, Thomas Muller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Mandzukic.

Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the Champions League as Barcelona host Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their semi-final.

The recently crowned German champions sent shock waves throughout Europe when they hammered the four-time holders 4-0 at the Allianz Arena and will be strong favourites to progress to their third final in just four years in Europe’s premier club competition.

However, Tito Vilanova’s team have been much stronger at home in Europe this season and have already recovered from a first leg deficit to defeat AC Milan 4-0 – the scoreline they need to match tonight to at least stay in the competition.

Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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19.12: From OptaJoe:

9 – Just nine of Lionel Messi’s 79 Champions League appearances have come from the substitutes’ bench. Comet.

19.09: Full line-ups from the Nou Camp:

Barcelona v Bayern Munich
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Villa, Fabregas, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Sanchez, Messi, Thiago, Jonathan, Montoya, Tello.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Van Buyten, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Mandzukic. Subs: Starke, Dante, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Gustavo, Gomez, Tymoschuk.

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

 
Stretching it: Lionel Messi is struggling with an injuryStretching it: Lionel Messi is struggling with an injury

19.06: Messi has been battling a hamstring problem in recent weeks and, despite playing the full 90 minutes in the first leg, he looked a shadow of his normal self at the Allianz Arena as Bayern dominated.

The four-time reigning world player of the year scored in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao after appearing as a second-half substitute but Barca coach Tito Vilanova has decided not to risk him from the outset tonight.

Instead, Vilanova has given a start to Spain international David Villa, who was an unused substitute against Athletic.

19.03: From OptaFranz on Bayern Munich’s current manager:

1985 – Jupp Heynckes was the last coach to lose a European tie after winning the first leg by 4 (BMG v Real in 1985) #fcbfcb. Fear.

 
Standing tall: Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium was bathed in sunshineStanding tall: Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium was bathed in sunshine

 

 
Standing tall: Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium was bathed in sunshine

19.00: In fact there are a few Munich players on yellows this evening. Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Luiz Gustavo, and Gomez are all treading egg shells in a bid to reach Wembley later this month.

18.57: Bayern Munich also make a couple of changes. Daniel Van Buyten replaces Dante in defence, who is on a booking, while Mario Mandzukic returns up front in place of Mario Gomez.

18.54: Barca make one of four changes from the first leg but without doubt the biggest is Lionel Messi being left on the bench for the hosts. Is he simply unfit or is he preparing to become the Mother of all super subs.

 
Welcomed: The Barcelona team bus arrives at the Nou Camp surrounded by Barca fansWelcomed: The Barcelona team bus arrives at the Nou Camp surrounded by Barca fans

18.51: Bayern Munich starting XI:

Neuer, Van Buyten, Boateng, Lahm, Ribery, Javi Martinez, Robben, Thomas Muller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Mandzukic.

18.48: Barcelona starting XI:

Valdes, Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Song, Villa, Pedro.

18.45: And we thought last night was impossible. Real Madrid failed in their bid to comeback from 4-1 down and defeat Borussia Dortmund over the course of two legs, but can their Spanish rivals Barcelona eclipse them to overturn a huge 4-0 deficit to Bayern Munich.

If they do it would surely be one of the greatest Champions League comebacks of all time. Do we dare write them off though? Team news coming up.

 

 
 
Barca beating: Lionel Messi's Barcelona go into the second leg trailing, following a 4-0 first leg loss Barca beating: Lionel Messi’s Barcelona go into the second leg trailing, following a 4-0 first leg loss

 

 




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