Bayern thrashing signals end of an era for Barcelona

The manner of this defeat was different - there was no hard luck story, no bus parked in front of the opposition goal. Barca were well beaten in every facet and even the proudest amongst their squad had to acknowledge it.

updated: April 25, 2013 09:31 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona's humiliation in their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday night confirmed the suspicion of the clash between the two coming at a crossover point between a Barca on the wane and a Bayern ready to impose its own era of dominance.

Bayern are hardly newcomers to the European top table - should they complete their passage to next month's final at Wembley it will be their third final in four years - but the fact they still haven't won the competition since 2001 creates the impression that their best is still to come.

As good as the German champions were in Tuesday's semi-final first leg, it was the destruction of a Barca side lauded the world over for the past five years that captivated most.

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