Bayern Stun United

23 04 2010

 

Manchester United have lost 2-1 in dramatic fashion against a determined Bayern Munich team in the first leg of their quarter-final clash in Munich on Tuesday.

The match was highly anticipated as a replay of the famous 1999 Champions League Final where United came out on top with two goals very late on. 

Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, was less than impressed with his team’s performance.

“We didn’t play well and we kept on giving the ball away,” said Ferguson.

“Bayern were better than us and we can’t deny that either.”

He also said that they were pressed really hard and as a result they cracked a bit. The last goal was a terrible one to give away.

Sir Alex was assured, however, that the game at Old Trafford would be a different one and the team would  be much better. No doubt about that.” We have an away goal and that is an advantage.”

The Red Devils drew first blood with in-form striker Wayne Rooney putting home a deflected free kick only a minute into the game. This was Rooney’s 34th goal of the season.

 Bayern, however, bounced back from an unimpressive start to dominate possession for long periods. Right-sided midfielder Franck Ribery was running proceedings. Munich had United under the pump until Bayern’s Ivica Olic sprayed a great chance right in front of goal, unmarked. United were trying to play their star Rooney through on the break, who was terrorising his opponent’s defence with his pace.

Munich started the second half at a startling pace, taking several shots keeping Edwin van der Sar on his toes. With just over 15 minutes to go, a “Gary Neville deliberate hand-ball”   gave Ribery a free kick. The ball was driven from long-range only to be deflected by Rooney into his own net.

During a chaotic final ten minutes, both teams pressed for a win. Bayern dealt the final blow with Olic cutting through United’s defence to give them a 2-1 victory, heading to Old Trafford for the second leg.

Sadly, star striker Wayne Rooney  might be out for an extended period with an ankle injury. This is also a worry for Fabio Capello’s England squad which will head to South Africa in July for the World Cup with Rooney as a pivotal figure. Hopefully all will go well.

 Sasha

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