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Messi nets 2 as Barcelona beats Guardiola's Bayern Munich 3-0 in Champions League semifinal

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BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Not even the coach who helped Messi become one of the best to play the game could find a way of stopping the prolific forward from scoring his record 76th and 77th goals in the competition.

Messi rifled a left-footed strike between Manuel Neuer and the post in the 77th, and three minutes later brought defender Jerome Boateng to the turf before chipping the goalkeeper.

Messi was in inspired form from the start, and rounded off by providing the pass for Neymar to race away and score in stoppage time.

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