Bayern Munich were left toasting an added-time winner as they edged themselves ahead of Manchester United in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. The Bundesliga club triumphed 2-1 on home soil.
In Tuesday’s other tie, Lyon carved out an even healthier advantage at the halfway stage, downing fellow French outfit Bordeaux 3-1 to record their first ever success in a Champions League last-eight encounter.
The victors in those two games will nonetheless need to remain wary next week after both conceded potentially crucial away goals, with United having found the back of the net after just 63 seconds.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United
Goals: Franck Ribery 77, Ivica Olic 90+2 (Bayern Munich); Wayne Rooney 2 (Manchester United)
Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux
Goals: Lisandro Lopez 10 and 77 pen, Michel Bastos 32 (Lyon); Marouane Chamakh 14 (Bordeaux)
Goal of the night
Lyon-Bordeaux (Marouane Chamakh 14)
The understanding that has formed between Bordeaux playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and striker Marouane Chamakh proved influential once again as the duo combined to telling effect from a familiar routine. Fed the ball out on the right, Gourcuff cut back inside Jeremy Toulalan and beat a backtracking Michel Bastos for pace as he angled a cross towards the far post, where his Moroccan colleague jumped highest to head in.
The key moments
United quick to the draw: Wayne Rooney is not the type of player to turn down gifts and he silenced the hosts with 63 seconds gone in Bavaria, profiting from a slip by his marker, Martin Demichelis, following a Nani free-kick from wide on the right. That lapse left the England international alone in front of goal and he was able to beat Hans-Jorg Butt with a straightforward finish to register his 34th goal in all competitions this season. Buoyed by that explosive start, the visitors took control of the encounter and seemed to be totally at ease against opponents missing injured winger Arjen Robben. For all their efforts, Franck Ribery and Ivica Olic were unable to threaten Edwin van der Sar’s goal in the opening half.
Defensive frailties: Forced to cope without club captain Marc Planus due to injury, not to mention suspended midfield linchpin Alou Diarra, Bordeaux looked far from assured at the back, losing a large percentage of aerial duels while committing a string of errors. Lyon’s forwards gratefully pounced on any hesitancy and opened the scoring with barely ten minutes gone in the wake of a failed clearance. Mathieu Bodmer found himself in possession on the right before whipping a low ball across the face of goal for Lisandro Lopez to prod home, and although Bordeaux levelled just four minutes later, Lyon were not finished terrorising the visitors’ centre-backs. Laurent Blanc’s men ultimately cracked again following a cross from the left towards Michel Bastos, who took a touch before rifling in a vicious effort. With both teams knowing each other inside out from their domestic skirmishes, this was proving to be a committed match played at an intense pace.
The worm turns: Bayern came out a transformed side after the break and eventually clawed their way back on level terms through Ribery, the Frenchman restoring parity from a free-kick that deflected in off the wall after 77 minutes. Nemanja Vidic headed against the crossbar at the other end, but the Red Devils were beginning to doubt and fell into the trap of retreating further and further back. They were put under severe pressure in added time and Van der Sar pulled off a superb save to deny Mario Gomez, yet there was nothing the Dutchman could do 30 seconds later to keep out Ivica Olic's smart finish following hesitant play from Patrice Evra. United could only regret failing to take their chances when they had forced Bayern on to the ropes earlier in the game.
Bordeaux succumb: In Lyon, meanwhile, Bordeaux kicked off the second half with obvious intent only to find themselves up against a Hugo Lloris in miserly mood. Far from resembling a typically tense Ligue 1 fixture, this all-French encounter was unfolding with all the hallmarks of a classic Champions League showdown, with chances enjoyed by both teams and the spectators on the edge of their seats. When the final whistle blew, it was the home side who could leave the pitch the happier, having earned themselves a two-goal lead from the penalty spot after a Matthieu Chalme handball. For Bordeaux, this was their first defeat in nine Champions League games this term and they now face an uphill struggle on home soil next week.
FIFA World Cup™ contenders
Wayne Rooney has appeared unstoppable for United this season, having become the focal point for the English champions’ attacking play. On target once again, he nonetheless suffered a late injury and left the field unable to put weight on his right foot.
As for Rooney’s team-mate Park Ji Sung, the Korea Republic international again put in a tireless performance in a supporting role, while Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic was responsible for a superb header that perhaps deserved a better outcome. He could also count himself blameless for Olic’s winner.
Bayern owe a debt of gratitude to French international Franck Ribery, who may be returning from injury but who sparked his side back into life as well as notching their equaliser. The talented winger ought to be at the height of his powers in South Africa.
Lastly, Brazil coach Dunga will be a pleased man after watching in-form Michel Bastos shine once again for Lyon, while Argentina’s Lisandro Lopez will be content with his evening’s work courtesy of a double and an all-round impressive display of technique.
Quarter-finals first leg - Wednesday 31 March
Inter Milan-CSKA Moscow
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