Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting lineup for Champions League semifinal at Bayern Munich

Published April 23, 2013

| Associated Press

Lionel Messi was in Barcelona's starting lineup against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals after doctors cleared him to play.

The four-time world player of the year injured a hamstring on April 2 and has missed three Spanish league games. He entered in the 62nd minute of the quarterfinals second leg against Paris Saint-Germain on April 10 and sparked Barcelona to a victory in the home-and-home matchup.

Messi was joined by Alexi Sanchez and Pedro Rodriguez in Barcelona's front line Tuesday night. Marc Barta started with Gerard Pique in central defense.

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