Penalty anguish for United

30 July 2009 10:29
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Bayern Munich claimed Audi Cup glory courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United.[LNB] An evenly-matched contest remained goalless at 90 minutes, with Bayern enjoying the better of the first half and United carving out some good chances in the second period.[LNB]Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen both squandered opportunities and United were made to pay as Bayern held their nerve to win on spot-kicks.[LNB]Michael Rensing proved to be Bayern's hero as he made saves from Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans in the shoot-out before Daniel van Buyten stroked in the winner.[LNB]ChangesUnited manager Sir Alex Ferguson changed his entire starting XI from Wednesday's 2-1 win against Boca Juniors, with Owen and Dimitar Berbatov leading the attack and Ryan Giggs given the captaincy.[LNB]Bayern coach Louis van Gaal also made wholesale changes with Breno and Martin[LNB]Demichelis coming into the centre of his defence, Anatoliy Tymoschuk commanding the midfield and Rensing returning in goal.[LNB]The changes had not done much to slow the momentum Bayern had built up in their 4-1 win over AC Milan 24 hours earlier.[LNB]Mario Gomez went close to breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute when he hammered a 12-yard shot on the stretch against Edwin van der Sar's crossbar.[LNB]Thomas Muller, whose double saw off Milan, missed the chance to add to his impressive tally of pre-season goals when he shot straight at Van der Sar after being released by Alexander Baumjohann in the 28th minute.[LNB]Five minutes later, Bayern were pleading for a penalty when Muller fell under the challenge of Evans, but referee Dr Felix Brych waved play on.[LNB]The Red Devils had to be patient before creating their first chance of the match five minutes before the interval.[LNB]Bayern failed to clear their lines after a Giggs corner had been flicked on to Berbatov by Rio Ferdinand and Owen only just failed to bundle the ball over the line.[LNB]The ball than sprang up for Berbatov to try an acrobatic overhead kick which cannoned off Rensing's right-hand post with the Bayern goalkeeper beaten.[LNB]BrightUnited started the second half a lot brighter with Berbatov going close with a header from a Giggs free-kick before Owen had a chance to punish Bayern for losing possession in midfield.[LNB]The lively Nani was quick to react when Hamit Altintop lost the ball on the halfway line and he passed on the responsibility to Paul Scholes, who in turn threaded a pass into the path of Owen, but he arrowed his shot straight into the chest of Rensing.[LNB]Ferguson brought Rooney, Anderson and Antonio Valencia on and the fresh legs spurred them forward for one final assault on the Bayern goal.[LNB]Rooney should perhaps have grabbed a winner five minutes from time when he was put through by Giggs, but he blazed his angled shot high and wide with just Rensing to beat.[LNB]The game had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out, and another dose of England against Germany spot-kick drama.[LNB]Rensing made a one-handed save to deny Evra, but Van der Sar responded with a save from Daniel Pranjic.[LNB]Rooney scored United's fifth penalty, putting the pressure on Jose Ernesto Sosa, who found the bottom corner to force sudden death.[LNB]Evans had his effort saved by Rensing, leaving Van Buyten to score the winning penalty.[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports