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Badstuber, Gustavo and Alaba to miss final

Uli Hoeneß spoke of a “catastrophe", and coach Jupp Heynckes thought it was “very bitter". On Wednesday night, three FC Bayern men saw their dream of contesting the Champions League final on their home ground crumble to dust, despite the triumph in Madrid. David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo will all be suspended when FCB pursue the European crown on 19 May.

“I have huge sympathy for the lads," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The only downer is losing three such important players for the final," remarked Heynckes. It was a real case of mixed feelings for the trio: on the one hand, the elation at triumphing against Real Madrid, but on the other, misery at the looming ban.

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