FC Bayern Munich in Champions League semifinals after punishing Manchester United F.C. for lapses

Apr 10 2014, 14:14 IST
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FC Bayern Munich's Dante goes for a header against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during their Champions League quarterfinal. Reuters FC Bayern Munich's Dante goes for a header against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during their Champions League quarterfinal. Reuters
SummaryHolders FC Bayern Munich escaped to victory after a schoolboy lapse in concentration and a bad miss by Wayne Rooney wrecked Manchester United F.C.'s hopes...

Holders FC Bayern Munich escaped to victory after a schoolboy lapse in concentration and a bad miss by Wayne Rooney wrecked Manchester United F.C.'s hopes of causing a huge Champions League upset at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

When Manchester United F.C. went ahead in the quarter-final second leg with a spectacular Patrice Evra strike after 57 minutes it seemed an improbable victory was possible but they seemed to be still celebrating when Mario Mandzukic headed the equaliser 22 seconds after the re-start.

Even then Rooney missed a gilt-edged chance but there was no way back after that as FC Bayern Munich eased away to a 3-1 win with Thomas Mueller and the influential Arjen Robben both on target for the hosts who were never totally convincing.

FC Bayern Munich's 4-2 aggregate win kept them on course for a second successive treble and all but put an end to Manchester United F.C.'s miserable first season under David Moyes.

Manchester United F.C. are extremely unlikely to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and winning the Champions League represented their only realistic hope of qualifying for next season's competition.

"I thought the players did a great job tonight, the only crime was conceding a goal after we scored, 30 seconds afterwards," Moyes, who has experienced a difficult time at Old Trafford since succeeding Alex Ferguson, told reporters.

"It's the sort of thing you learn as a schoolboy. We concentrated so fabulously well throughout the game, the players did their jobs, their positioning and awareness (was good), and to give up that goal at that moment was really disappointing."

Missing the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez in midfielder, FC Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola fielded Toni Kroos, usually a creative player, as a holding midfielder.

As in the first leg at Old Trafford that ended 1-1, FC Bayern Munich totally dominated possession in the first half although they lacked fluency and struggled to create any real openings against a well-drilled Manchester United F.C. side who were always in the game.

Robben was FC Bayern Munich's chief threat, getting into several promising positions after cutting inside on to his left foot in familiar fashion but his efforts were either blocked by defenders or flashed wide.

Manchester United F.C. had one opening when Rooney got clear of the FC Bayern Munich defence but he dithered and failed to notice Shinji Kagawa in an unmarked position as the chance

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