Thursday, April 8, 2010

UEFA Champions League


2nd League Manchester United Vs Bayern Munich
The results
Manchester United 3-2 Bayern Munich (4-4 on aggregate, Bayern win on away goals)

Goals: Darron Gibson 3, Nani 7, 41; Ivica Olic 43, Arjen Robben 74



Goal of the night
Manchester United-Bayern Munich (Nani, 41)
Brazilian full-back Rafael picked out Antonio Valencia with a quick throw-in and, after dinking the ball past Martin Demichelis with a sublime piece of skill, the Ecuadorian winger fired a low ball into the area that Wayne Rooney opted not to attack. With the Bayern defence utterly bamboozled, Nani arrived at the far post and found the net with a ferocious right-footed effort.

The key moments
Pre-match drama
The evening kicked off with an early surprise at Old Trafford, where Rooney was announced among the United starters just six days after suffering a seemingly serious ankle injury in the first leg. Disappointed by the performance of his charges in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Chelsea, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson also made waves by leaving Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov on the bench and both Ji-Sung Park and Gary Neville in the stands. It was therefore with a rejigged first XI that United took to the field and the changes bore fruit with barely three minutes gone. Rafael broke down the right before finding Rooney, who freed Gibson with a pinpoint pass and watched as his young Irish team-mate blasted beyond Hans-Jorg Butt from outside the area. Four minutes later, Valencia fired in a low cross for Nani to convert via an outrageous flick with his trailing leg. Butt was left helpless and Van Gaal stood stunned on the touchline as Old Trafford roared with delight. Bayern had yet to have their say however.


'We were very unlucky ... the Bayern players got Rafael sent off,' says Alex FergusonAlex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal and Edwin van der Saar on Manchester United's Champions League exit and the red card that changed the game


Nani: We're disappointed

"I think we deserved to go through. They got a lucky goal in the last minute last week, today we had 10 men and even then they didn't create many chances - it had to be a wonder goal to kick us out."- Edwin van der Sar

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