Lionel Messi’s second-half strike fails to prevent Barcelona exit in the Champions League

Barcelona have been dumped out of the Champions League group stage after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich on Saturday, meaning the Bavarians top the group on goal difference with three games to spare.

Bayern’s two second-half goals in the Nou Camp, scored by James Rodríguez and Joshua Kimmich, came after Lionel Messi’s first-half strike was cancelled out by a Bayern effort from David Alaba, moments after he had appeared to have scored himself.

After a cagey opening, Bayern broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when the 23-year-old Kimmich scored his first Champions League goal from the edge of the box.

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Substitute James cut in from the left and his low, low shot was turned into the net by Gerard Piqué on 58 minutes. Messi stepped up on 70 minutes but sent a drive across the face of goal, and Alaba, who had come off the bench to equalise, suddenly returned to the scene of that goal by heading home on 77 minutes.

Two minutes later Rodríguez turned in a cross from James for Bayern’s second of the game, extending their lead to three points with three games remaining.

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