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Barcelona (3-0) Bayern Munich: Post-Match Awards and Player Ratings

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Manuel Neuer had a tremendous match, but someone much smaller than him stole the show.

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Tip of the Cap: Thomas Müller. In only one other match this season has Müller been left alone like he was on Wednesday. He and Robert Lewandowski had to manufacture the attack mostly themselves. Just because he did not put a shot on target does not mean he did not creat a chance. He did everything he could, trying to break, supplying from the flank, and holding up the ball with Javier Mascherano nipping at his heals. The only reason he came off was because he was simply exhausted, and there was not much more he could do about the end result.

Golf Clap: Luis Suárez. Playing in his first match against Bayern Munich, he was certainly a handful. He took the ball right at Bayern's defense, becoming overwhelming for even Jérôme Boateng to handle. Before a little Argentine stole the show, he was in possession of Barcelona's best chances, even though he could not finish them off.

Standing Ovation: Manuel Neuer. When the moments seemed most dire in the first half, Neuer was there to snuff out the danger. He was the common denominator to explain why Barcelona could not convert any of their chances. He ultimately faced a shot too many as Barcelona's pressure eventually broke Bayern's spine. Tragic, how even his efforts could not be enough.

Meister of the Match: Lionel Messi. There is a reason why he is the best player in the world, and it is performances like this against in the brightest spotlights. The entire world saw him take over the match in the second half, finally find a window he could slot a shot to open the scoring. His chip three minutes later was indefensible, a shot only he is qualified to execute. A hamstring injury masked his class two years ago, one he ripped off with vehemence today.

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