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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, Champions League: How Bayern Advances to Berlin

To answer the inevitable questions that will arise about which team advances with what kind of result, here is a quick guide, with explanations.

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Bayern Munich and Barcelona will face off today at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of this year's Champions League semifinals, to determine who will move on to Berlin, Germany, to fight for the CL trophy (aka the cup with the big ears) on June 6th.

Since Barcelona won the first leg at the Camp Nou by a score of 3-0, here are the scenarios:

Barcelona advances if...

...Barcelona wins (by any score) ends in a draw (any score)

...Bayern wins by two goals or less (2-0, 3-1, 4-2, etc)

...Bayern wins by three goals, but concedes at least one goal (4-1, 5-2, etc), due to the away-goal rule.

Bayern advances if...

...Bayern wins by more than three goals (4-0, 5-1, 6-2).

Game goes to extra time if...

...Bayern wins by a 3-0 score, making the aggregate score 3-3.

In this case, the game gets extended by two periods of 15 minutes each, with a very short break in between.  There is no Golden Goal (aka Sudden Death), the full extra 30 minutes are played.

Note: If Barcelona scores in extra time, the away-goal rule still applies, which means Bayern would have to score two goals (win by a margin of four) to still advance.

Game goes to penalty kicks if...

...nobody scores in extra time, penalty kicks decide (standard five-round penalty shootout, and, if still tied, round by round, until there is a winner) .

Gargantuan task

It's obviously a huge hill to climb for Bayern, but they had some positive results in the second leg at home in this season's CL knockout rounds, beating Shakhtar Donetsk by a 7-0 margin (after a 0-0 draw away), and pasting FC Porto by 6-1 (after losing 1-3 in Portugal).  Of course, Barcelona is a couple of steps above those two teams, but let's not let that distract us.