Bayern Munich won its 10th trip to the Champions League final with a 3-0 win here Wednesday over an FC Barcelona squad that had to make do without superstar Lionel Messi.

The odds were heavily against Barça coming into the second leg of the semifinal, as the Spanish club lost 4-0 in last week's first leg in Munich.

Messi played in the first leg, but a nagging hamstring injury and a stingy Bayern defense minimized the impact of the striker widely regarded as the world's best soccer player.

The 7-0 defeat on aggregate was the worst Barcelona has ever suffered in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich, which might have been expected to focus on defending its 4-0 advantage from the first leg, was anything but conservative.

Whatever comeback hopes Barça fans may have harbored were deflated when Arjen Robben scored for the visitors in the 48th minute.

But the pain wasn't over for the Camp Nou faithful, who had to watch Barça defender Gerard Pique's clearing attempt end up in the back of the home team's net in the 72nd minute.

Thomas Müller scored Bayern's third goal four minutes later.

For only the fourth time in Champions League history, the final will feature two clubs from the same country.

Borussia Dortmund, the Cinderella team of the 2012-2013 elite European club tourney, defeated Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate in the other semifinal.

The two German sides will face each other on May 25 in London's Wembley Stadium.
Bayern, playing in its third final in four years, has won the title four times, most recently in 2001. Dortmund won the Champions League in its only previous final appearance, in 1997.

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