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Bayern romps into Champions semifinals

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TURIN, Italy -- Bayern Munich continued its march toward a second consecutive Champions League final with a 2-0 win at Juventus on Wednesday, securing a 4-0 win on aggregate and a place in the semifinals.

Mario Mandzukic all but killed off the tie in the 64th minute, heading in a rebound to leave Juventus needing to score four goals in 26 minutes.

Substitute Claudio Pizarro added Bayern's second in stoppage time, after Arjen Robben had earlier hit the post for the German champions.

The only sour note for Bayern was a booking for Mandzukic after a clash with Giorgio Chiellini. The striker will miss the team's next match.

The victory keeps Bayern in the hunt for a treble this season after winning the Bundesliga with a record six games to spare on Saturday. It has also reached the semis of the German Cup.

In Wednesday's other match, Barcelona advanced to the semifinals on the away goals rule after drawing 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain to see the contest finish 3-3 on aggregate. Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid will be the other clubs in the draw on Friday.

"It doesn't matter who we meet, everyone in the last four can win it, us included," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. "It won't be easy for anyone. I'm sure everyone respects us, we've reached the final twice in the past three years.

"It's not as easy as it seems to play a really important game four days (after winning the league) so really congratulations to my players. If we had continued to play as we did in the first 20 minutes we certainly wouldn't have won."

Juventus manager Antonio Conte believes "an Italian team won't win the Champions League for many years."

"The teams at the top now are the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, (Manchester) United, (Manchester) City, PSG... which are superpowers with huge budgets," Conte added. "They buy the best players."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 11, 2013 D4

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