• Date: Wed 07 April 2010
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Rizzoli, N
  • Attendance: 74,482
Manchester United

Manchester United

Gibson (3)

Nani (7)

Nani (41)

3 - 2
Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich

Olic (43)

Robben (74)

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Patrice Evra
Rio Ferdinand
Nemanja Vidic
Da Silva Rafael
Michael Carrick (Dimitar Berbatov, 80)
Luis Carlos Nani
Darren Fletcher
Luis Antonio Valencia
Darron Gibson (Ryan Giggs, 81)
Wayne Rooney (John O'Shea, 55)

Bayern Munich

Hans-Jorg Butt
Daniel van Buyten
Martin Demichelis
Philipp Lahm
Holger Badstuber
Franck Ribery
Arjen Robben (Hamit Altintop, 76)
Mark van Bommel
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Ivica Olic (Danijel Pranjic, 85)
Thomas Muller (Mario Gomez, 46)

Match Report
Ten-man Manchester United have crashed out of the Champions League on the away goals rule as Arjen Robben's fantastic volley secured a quarter-final success for Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. Despite Bayern going down 3-2 on the night, it was Robben's effort that ultimately proved United's downfall and it was a strike worthy of winning any clash as they tied up 4-4 on aggregate. Franck Ribery's corner picked out the Dutchman who let fly with a left-footed volley to leave Edwin van der Sar with no chance in the United goal and bringing up Bayern's priceless second away goal of the contest. The Red Devils looked set to storm through to the last-four of the competition after a blistering start in Manchester. With Wayne Rooney making an unexpected return to the starting line-up following an ankle injury picked up in the 2-1 first leg defeat in Germany last week, it lifted the United faithful as they made an unbelievable start. Darron Gibson opened the scoring inside three minutes, crashing home from distance as the English champions stamped their early authority on proceedings. Rooney's lay-off was gathered by Gibson and he fired low past an unsighted Hans-Jorg Butt in the Bayern goal. Just four minutes later, Nani's nonchalant flick doubled their advantage to send the crowd delirious once again. Valencia's cross from the right was perfectly weighted for the winger to delicately flick across Butt and into the far corner, putting United firmly in the driving seat. Rooney looked to be feeling his problematic right ankle soon after but Nani superbly swept home inside the area in the 41st minute as the Germans continued to struggle with United's free-flowing attacks.. It was another Valencia centre from the right that found the Portugal man and he kept his cool to slot high past Butt. However, just two minutes later, Ivica Olic created a chance out of nothing as he squirmed through Michael Carrick's weak challenge before squeezing the ball home from an acute angle. United survived another couple of scares as referee Nicola Rizzoli brought a frenetic opening 45 minutes to a close. Just five minutes into the second-half, young United full-back was shown his second yellow card for a tug on Ribery's shirt and, just five minutes later, a struggling Rooney was finally replaced by John O'Shea. His dismissal proved telling as the Germans upped the ante and United rarely threatened with ten-men as Bayern pressed. United stood firm in the face of adversity, keeping Louis Van Gaal's men to striking from distance, as they threw bodies on the line to defend the narrowest of leads. But it was a moment of magic that won the contest as Robben's fierce effort with 15 minutes remaining rocketed in, leaving his compatriot in United's goal helpless. Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs were brought on but it was too little too late as the classy Germans made their numerical advantage count to set up a semi-final date with French side Lyon, who lost 1-0 at Bordeaux, but secured a 3-2 aggregate success following their 3-1 victory last week.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

FULL TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3-2 BAYERN MUNICH: The Red Devils go out as Arjen Robben's crucial second away goal proves crucial at Old Trafford.

90

Corner for Bayern. This all but up for United now.

90

Vidic gives a free-kick away fouling Schweinsteiger.

90

Three additional minutes.

90

Vidic is now playing in an advanced role. Final throw of the dice.

89

Nani goes up the other end and his efforts goes well wide of Butt's goal.

88

Ribery almost seals the win as he cuts in and shoots just wide.

87

Bayern looking to close this contest out as they keep possession all around the park.

86

Old Trafford is now a glum place. The United faithful look as though they are resigned to elimination.

85

United force the issue. Valencia's neat through ball just has too much on it as Berbatov looks to go in on goal.

85
Substitution
 

Olic is replaced by Danijel Pranjic.

83

Van Buyten goes down as he challenges Evra.

82

The quiet Ribery fires high into the stands from 25-yards.

82

Tough tackling from Ferdinand on Gomez stirs the crowd.

81
Substitution
 

Ryan Giggs replaces Gibson. Last chance saloon for United.

80
Substitution
 

Dimitar Berbatov is on for Carrick. Can the Bulgarian become a hero tonight?

78

Bayern looking comfortable. Still no action from the United management.

76

Altintop's corner is headed clear. Still no out-and-out United striker on the field.

76
Substitution
 

The lively Robben goes off and on comes Hamit Altintop.

75

United look doomed here. Robben breaks free and his cross hits Vidic and goes behind for a corner.

74
Goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 3-2 BAYERN MUNICH: ROBBEN strikes! What a hit from the Dutchman. His left-footed volley finds the far corner from the edge of the area.

73

Vital block from Vidic as Robben breaks and looks to pick his spot. Corner for the Germans.

72

Valencia wins a free-kick as Schweinsteiger brings him down.

71

United break and Gibson tamely strikes straight at Butt. Another good chance for Ferguson's men.

70

The German giants are running United ragged now. They are not creating big chances but the ten-men of United are tiring.

69

Lots of Bayern possession on the edge of United's area. They need to stay strong if they are to get through to the semi-finals.

68

Gomez's towering header from Lahm's cross strays fractionally over the bar.

67

United are holding their nerve at the moment but there is no pressure on the Bayern back four now the Reds are down to ten-men.

65

Nani's flag kick find Carrick but he shoots over. Another half chance for the hosts.

64

Nani's corner finds Fletcher who drills a volley wide. But it takes a deflection for another corner.

64

What a chance for Nani. The winger is played through but his effort is tipped away for a corner by Butt. United could really have done with that one going in.

62

United can't get the ball here.

61

Valencia brings down Ribery and the Frenchman isn't happy as the referee keeps his cards in his pocket on this occasion.

60

Bayern have the foot on the accelerator and O'Shea clears for a corner. United need to be careful now. Van der Sar makes the easy claim.

60

Gomez wins a corner for the visitors.

59

Carrick's poor back-pass is cleared by van der Sar in the nick of time.

59

Fine stop by van der Sar from a powerful Ribery volley. Ominous signs.

57

United seem to line-up without a striker now.

56

The impressive Fletcher shapes an effort just wide.

55
Substitution
 

Rooney finally makes way and John O'Shea comes on.

55

From the resulting free-kick, the ball falls to Nani and his effort is tipped over by Butt.

54
Yellow Card
 

Badstuber commits a bad foul on Valencia and he is on thin ice as he picks up a yellow card.

52

Ferdinand looks to foul Schweinsteiger as he storms through the middle of the defence but the referee disagrees. Bayern are not happy with that one.

52

Rooney is not moving well at all. How long will the United management keep him on for?

51

Lahm's cross is deflected for a corner. United are under pressure.

50
Red Card
 

Rafael is off! The youngster picks up his second booking for tugging on Ribery's shirt.

48

Ribery's corner is poor and United clear.

48

Great possession from Bayern and they win a corner at the end of it.

47

Bayern are playing with much more fluency now and the home fans will not be enjoying this.

46
Substitution
 

Striker Mario Gomez comes on for the quiet Thomas Muller as they look to get the crucial second away goal.

Second half
 

Bayern get the second-half underway.

Half time
 

HALF TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 BAYERN MUNICH: What a fantastic opening period here at Old Trafford. United look like they need another to secure their passage into the last-four. Bayern have finally turned up and they are still in this.

45

Great save from van der Sar as Robben wriggles from the right and lets fly from outside the area.

45

Three additional minutes at the end of this absorbing first-half.

44

Fletcher goes in late on Muller and Bayern have suddenly stepped through the gears here.

43
Goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 BAYERN MUNICH: OLIC steers home! Well their big lead was short lived as the Croatia star slides home from a narrow angle. Game on.

42

This is United's to lose now but they look great value for this lead. Bayern don't look up for the fight.

41
Goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 3-0 BAYERN MUNICH: NANI sweeps home his second of the night! Valencia picks up from a United throw-in, bombs on and crosses for Nani who makes no mistake.

39

Nani's free-kick fails to clear first man and Bayern break. Muller is fed on the right and Olic steams into the centre unchallenged but his heavy touch allows Edwin van der Sar to save. Golden chance for the Bavarians.

38

Rafael is sent tumbling as van Bommel tears into him. Free-kick in dangerous position for United.

37

Nani is fortunate to avoid a yellow card as he brings down Muller.

36

Van Buyten clatters Rooney and United's faithful are not happy.

34

Rafael breaks the play down and goes one-on-one with Butt. The Brazilian goes for goal but screws wide with Rooney unmarked waiting to tap-in. Big chance for the hosts.

34

Slick play from Bayern as they finally show what they are capable of.

33

A clean crisp strike from Gibson goes over the top.

32

Another United set-piece comes to nothing.

32

Another promising right-wing run from Valencia forces Demichelis and Schweinsteiger to double up and restrict United to a corner.

31

Carrick looks a bit dazed as he gets to his feet and squirts himself with water.

29

From the corner, Carrick challenges for the aerial ball but takes a crack to his head. A break in play as United's physio deals with the midfielder.

29

Fine ball from Fletcher picks out Valencia but his heavy touch allows Martin Demichelis to clear for the corner.

28
Yellow Card
 

Van Bommel goes into the book for a foul on Fletcher.

26

A spell of Bayern possession results in Schweinsteiger shooting from distance but his effort is deflected by Fletcher and away to safety.

24

Risky United play in and around their penalty area almost sees the Germans grab possession but they manage to get the ball clear.

22

All eyes on Rooney as expected. Nani smashes an effort over the bar.

21

Rooney is limping around now. Looks like it could be his problematic right ankle that is bothering him.

20

A rare quiet spell in the game following a frantic opening 20 minutes at Old Trafford.

18
Yellow Card
 

Rafael goes into the book. A silly foul from the right-back and he is rightly penalised.

18

Valencia, Rooney and Gibson combine well but Bayern clear their lines.

17

Rooney's diving header goes over from the resulting corner from Gibson. Good stuff from United here.

16

A fine Gibson cross is cleared by Daniel van Buyten for a corner.

15

Rooney goes in for a crunching tackle. His right ankle holds up as he comes away unscathed with van Bommel.

13

Bayern need Robben and Ribery to get into this if they are to compete. United look like scoring from every attack at present.

12

Carrick is the next to have an effort on goal. Butt's shocking clearance falls straight to the midfielder but he shoots wide from distance.

12

Philipp Lahm goes down under another Evra challenge.

11

Gibson's marauding runs comes to an end as he screws his cross wide. He remonstrates with the linesman as a goal kick is awarded. Looked the correct decision.

9

The following free-kick is headed behind by Ferdinand but the linesman has his flag raised.

9

Robben is felled by Patrice Evra and that has hurt him.

8

Rooney is brought down by Schweinsteiger. He is soon on his feet and moving with ease. Good signs for United and England fans.

7
Goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 BAYERN MUNICH: NANI scores! What a finish from the Portugal man. Valencia teases Holger Badstuber before firing over a right-wing centre and Nani races onto it and flicks home. An amazing opening here.

5

United continue to press and win a corner but Butt punches clear.

4

What a start for the Red Devils. The keeper was unsighted there as the ball fizzed into the back of his net.

3
Goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 BAYERN MUNICH: GIBSON gets United off to a dream start! Rafael breaks clear of Ribery, plays the ball into Rooney and his lay-off tees up Gibson and he lashes past Hans-Jorg Butt from around 25-yards.

2

Rio Ferdinand feeds Valencia but his clever flick is too heavy for the advancing Rafael.

1

Mark van Bommel wipes out Darren Fletcher and United win the first free-kick of the night.

1
Kickoff
 

United get the game off to a start.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The players have made their way out onto the pitch. Will United justify Old Trafford's tag of being the Theatre of Dreams this evening?

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The victors this evening will face Bordeaux or Lyon in the last-four, who meet up in their all-French affair. Lyon hold a healthy 3-1 lead after their home win last week and they should be confident of seeing the job through in Bordeaux.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Bold moves from Fergie as he makes five changes from the loss against Chelsea on Saturday. In come Rooney, Rafael, Michael Carrick, Darron Gibson and Nani at the expense of Dimitar Berbatov, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ji Sun Park and Ryan Giggs.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Bayern have picked five attack-minded players tonight. Arjen Robben starts along with Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic. Perhaps coach Louis van Gaal doesn't fancy his side's chances of sitting on their narrow lead.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

It will be interesting to see if he is fully fit and capable of spearheading United's attack this evening.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The Red Devils must overturn a 2-1 deficit in Manchester to win through but, with Rooney in the starting line-up, it should enhance their chances of progressing.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Sir Alex Ferguson has handed Wayne Rooney a surprise start following his injury in the first leg loss last week in Germany.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Good evening and welcome to this crucial Champions League quarter-final showdown between Manchester United and Bayern Munich from Old Trafford.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man Utd face Bayern Munich at 7:45pm on Wednesday, April 7th.