Posted: Wed May 1, 2013 4:01PM; Updated: Wed May 1, 2013 4:00PM

Lionel Messi left out of Barcelona lineup against Bayern Munich

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Lionel Messi's Barcelona was down 4-0 after the first leg with Bayern Munich.
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was left out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Bayern Munich, the La Liga club said.

The Argentine World Player of the Year suffered a hamstring strain last month and will start on the bench as Barca seek to overturn a 4-0 deficit from last week's first leg in Munich.

Messi's place in the side was taken by Cesc Fabregas, who will play in the roving forward role in a three-pronged attack with Spain team mates David Villa and Pedro.

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