WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL 2014 – LAST 8 SECOND LEG
BAYERN MUNICH 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
Bayern Munich win 4-2 on aggregate
An Arjen Robben masterclass ensured Bayern Munich remained on course for a second successive treble, as they came from behind to run out 3-1 victors on Wednesday evening.
Mandzukic, Muller, and Robben all scored second half goals, sinking a David Moyes’ side that were given a huge chance of qualification after a Patrice Evra wonderstrike.
The famous Bavarian crowd were in fine voice from the off, and it wasn’t long before they saw their team attack, Robben and Kroos whipping in early corners to test the English side, but Smalling and Vidic held strong.
Mandzukic started and was in the thick of the action, Robben and Ribery again having much of the ball as Alaba and Lahm overlapped, almost making a 2-3-5 formation when attacking.
As in Manchester last week, the chance was on the counter, and when a ball was floated in towards Valencia, he tapped home only to see the official rightly flag for offside.
They were to have another opportunity just minutes later, a long ball found its way towards Rooney, who took the ball down expertly, but couldn’t make a decision whether to pass or shoot, eventually firing into Lahm who stood his ground well.
Munich’s support were in fine voice still, and Robben again went close, firing a shot just wide from the edge of the area. It was a fine example of the game this was about though, 13 first half shots, none on target, and Moyes’ men had shut out the fluent Bayern attack for another half of football.
Half Time: Bayern Munich 0 Manchester United 0 (Aggregate: 1-1)
United had to be more attacking second period, and it was sure to be a more open game. That is was, first Kagawa stung Neuer’s hands with a long range drive, before 60 seconds of mayhem.
Firstly, a Valencia cross evaded everyone in the box, and there were plenty of other men you’d have rather been underneath it, that until Patrice Evra fired a thunderbolt into the top corner, sending the few thousand United fans delirious.
That spiked the Germans into action, and the saying that you are most vulnerable when you score came true, Ribery finding space to whip a ball in, and Mandzukic gave De Gea no chance with a great header.
It was a bitter pill for Moyes to swallow, a real chance had opened for them to take the tie, only to be thrown away seconds later. That woke the Bayern beast though, and when Arjen Robben made a lung-bursting run into the box, he spotted Muller, picking him out with a low ball that he poked home.
Hernandez and Januzaj were brought on in hope, but any of that was dashed after 76 minutes. The influencial Arjen Robben looked up, jinked past three defenders, and fired the ball into the net via a Vidic deflection.
It was perhaps harsh on the English Champions, but a real show of what Pep Guardiola’s team can do when a team has to attack them. The game was over as a contest with a two-goal lead, and the Bavarians strolled to a 3-1 victory that looked very ominous at one point.
Full Time: Bayern Munich 3 Manchester United 1 (Aggregate 4-2)
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