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Lionel Messi cleared, starting for Barcelona against Bayern

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Dortmund in the semifinals.

Lionel Messi will start Barcelona's Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich after being declared medically fit following a leg injury.

In a brief statement, the club said Tuesday that "the player has been given the medical all-clear,'' and he was later named up front in the starting lineup.

Messi injured a hamstring on April 2 and has since been sidelined for three Spanish league games.

However, he went on as a substitute in the second half in the return leg against Paris Saint-Germain to help Barcelona come from behind and advance from the quarterfinals two weeks ago.

The four-time FIFA player of the year changed the momentum of that game, demonstrating once again what a crucial asset the Argentina forward is for Barcelona.

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