Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bayern stun United in final minute

Bayern Munich stunned Manchester United 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg Tuesday night, with an injury-time goal by Ivica Olić evoking memories of their famous clash in 1999.

The match was eagerly anticipated as a re-run of the thrilling Champions League final when two dramatic goals right at the end of the game took the trophy to Old Trafford in a devastating blow to the Germans.

This time round, United struck right at the beginning of the match, with England striker Wayne Rooney latching on to a deflected free-kick and smashing home a close-range volley for his 34th goal of the season with only 66 seconds played.

Bayern were left to rue a golden opportunity half way through the first period as Olić somehow missed from about a yard out, unmarked and in front of goal.

Rooney missed a chance of his own in front of goal before the end of an open and entertaining first half which produced only one goal but could have seen a half-dozen as both teams concentrated on attacking.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson called on his side to step up their effort in the second half but it was the home side that started hot with several shots on goal in the first few minutes of the second period.

Bayern continued to dominate the second half, fully deserving their equaliser when a long-range free kick from French international Franck Ribery deflected off Rooney past helpless goalkeeper van der Sar.

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