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Bayern hopes for improbable against Barcelona




BAYERN Munich must do what only one team has ever done in the history of the Champions League, and overcome a three-goal deficit in the knockout rounds.

That would be hard enough against any opponent, much less against Lionel Messi and Barcelona’s high-powered attack. But that’s the task facing the German champion today after losing the first leg of their semifinal 3-0 at Camp Nou last week against coach Pep Guardiola’s old team, with Messi contributing two superb goals.

In the 23-year history of the Champions League, only Deportivo la Coruna has managed to wipe away a three-goal deficit, beating AC Milan 4-0 at home in the 2004 quarterfinals after losing the first leg 4-1.

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