(Eds: Edits 5th paragraph. With AP Photos.) By NESHA STARCEVIC AP Sports Writer The expectation of seeing Lionel Messi line up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final, of watching Barcelona and Real Madrid fight for supremacy, is all but washed away.
Instead of seeing Spain's two mightiest teams play for the premier trophy in club soccer, it's much more likely that the German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will meet for the title May 25 at Wembley Stadium.
With Messi still nursing a hamstring injury, Barcelona was completely outplayed by Bayern on Tuesday in Munich, losing 4-0. About 24 hours later, Real Madrid was humbled 4-1 by Dortmund, with Ronaldo scoring his team's lone goal and Robert Lewandowski striking for four for his team.
That's German clubs 8, Spanish teams 1. And in terms of European soccer over the last few years, that's a very big deal.
''It's the evolution of football,'' said Andres Iniesta, a Barcelona player who teams with Messi and...