Bayern held to draw by United, lose Schweinsteiger

German Football
By German Football April 3, 2014 01:21

Bayern held to draw by United, lose Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored for Bayern Munich and was then sent off just before the final whistle as the German Bundesliga champions drew 1-1 with Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

United, floundering under new manager David Moyes, took the lead in the 58th minute through Nemanja Vidic’s header from a corner, confounding pre-game predictions.

However, Bayern will take a crucial away goal into next week’s second leg in Germany after Schweinsteiger finally put the finishing touches to his team’s fine passing, half-volleying high into the net in the 67th minute.

The game left a bitter taste in the mouth of Bayern right at the end when Schweinsteiger picked up a second yellow card in the 90th minute for a foul on Wayne Rooney, ruling him out of the second leg.

The tone was set after just 15 minutes – it was Bayern’s attack vs. United’s defense. And United’s defense was brilliant, not conceding a genuine chance to the visitors until Schweinsteiger’s excellently taken goal.

For all Bayern’s possession in the first half, United should have gone into the break in the lead. Danny Welbeck fluffed a one-on-one opportunity in the 40th created by a slip from the defensively suspect Jerome Boateng as he tried to clear Rooney’s through-ball.

Welbeck, not noted for being a ruthless goalscorer, bore down on Manuel Neuer and tried a chip over the goalkeeper, who stood tall and collected Welbeck’s attempt that ended up being little better than a back-pass.

At the other end, United goalkeeper David de Gea comfortably tipped aside a curler from Arjen Robben in the 31st and there were some last-ditch clearances by Vidic and Phil Jones – playing out of position at right back. But Bayern lacked penetration and a cutting edge with just Thomas Mueller up front.

Bayern hadn’t failed to score in a match all season and the frustration of its players was showing by the time Vidic was given the freedom of the penalty box to flick a header into the bottom corner from Rooney’s left-wing corner. The marking was very poor, with Philipp Lahm letting the Serbian defender have a free run toward the six-yard box.

The lead lasted nine minutes, though, as Rafinha sped by Robben on the overlap and crossed deep for substitute Mario Mandzukic, who headed the ball down for Schweinsteiger to sweep a half-volley into the top corner.

The midfielder had already been booked for a foul on Michael Carrick when he brought down Rooney with seconds left of normal time. He protested, wagging his finger at Rooney, but Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo had already brandished the yellow card and Schweinsteiger will have to miss the second leg.

However, his away goal means United will likely have to beat Bayern Munich away next Wednesday.

“We have a good starting position for the second leg,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm. “The away goal is very important.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: “It’s good that we came back after going behind. In Munich, we want to win, that is clear, but we know that we need to think about how we create clear goal scoring chances.”

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the German champions and said they were “very satisfied”.

“I think 1-1 is a great result,” he said.

German Football
By German Football April 3, 2014 01:21
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