BARCELONA: The Champions League Final, for the first time, will be an all-German affair after Barcelona shouldered arms and surrendered at home to the imperious  command of Bayern Munich.

Bayern, German champions-elect, not content with having won the first leg 4-0 in Bavaria a week ago followed up by demolishing a faded Barcelona 3-0 in Nou Camp and thus 7-0 on aggregate.

A treble even beckons for Bayern who have reached the German cup final and will climax their season by facing┬áBorussia Dortmund in the Champions League Final at Wembley on May 25. Thus the Bundesliga can emulate the English, Italian and Spanish championships in having a Champions’ final all to themselves.

Barcelona’s concession of the tie began even before kickoff when coach Tito Vilanova left Leo Messi on the subs’ bench. Messi is still recovering from a hamstring strain but he had scored a magnificent solo goal against Bilbao at the weekend and even a starting presence would have intimidating.

Spared such a challenge, Bayern produced a magnificent all-pitch effort and took a deserved lead three minutes into the second half from Arjen Robben, the Dutch winger’s fifth goal in eight games.

Gerard Pique jabbed a Frank Ribery cross into his own net in the 72nd minute then another left-wing cross from the Frenchman provided Thomas Muller with a headed third. That completed Barcelona’s worst aggregate defeat in the Champions League and the first time they had lost both legs of a European tie since 1987.

Even better for Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, none of his players on a yellow card had collected another and he will thus have a full-strength squad – barring injury – for Wembley.

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