UEFA Champions League

April 7, 2010

Full-time

Manchester United

3 - 2

Bayern Munich

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 7, 2010

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli

2nd Leg: 4 - 4 (Agg)

  • 93'

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  • 93'

    For the first time in seven years, England do not have a team in the Champions League semi-finals.

  • 93'

    The red card for Rafael almost certainly made the difference, but it was a magical effort from Robben once more than sees Bayern progress.

  • 93'

    Bayern progress 4-4 on away goals, just as they had against Fiorentina.

  • 93'

    It's all over! United are out of the Champions League!

  • 93'

    Ribery is shielding the ball by the corner flag.

  • 92'

    Ribery wins a corner and that might settle the game.

  • 91'

    Vidic concedes a free-kick in the Bayern half.

  • 91'

    United have a goal kick.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of added time.

  • 90'

    Bayern are winning a sucession of throw-ins down the right.

  • 90'

    Vidic is now up front for United.

  • 89'

    Nani tries a spectacular shot from distance, but it's wide. He claims a corner but there was no touch.

  • 88'

    Ribery nearly settles the tie with a driving run and powerful shot, but it's a foot or so wide.

  • 87'

    Bayern are still making the extra man count. United will be increasingly frustrated here.

  • 87'

    Schweinsteiger tries to waste time by the corner flag but Vidic takes the ball.

  • 85'

    Berbatov looks to latch onto a throughball from Valencia but there's too much on it and the keeper claims.

  • 84'

    Olic comes off to be replaced by Pranjic.

  • 84'

    Evra nearly latches on to the ball in a dangerous position but Van Buyten clears well.

  • 83'

    United just can't get any meaningful possession.

  • 82'

    Ribery blazes over from distance.

  • 82'

    The game is getting very ragged and Ferdinand is involved in an old-fashioned tussle.

  • 81'

    Giggs is now coming on for Gibson. These seem like overdue changes.

  • 80'

    Carrick has had a poor night, contributing in some way to both Bayern goals.

  • 79'

    Berbatov finally makes his introduction in place of Carrick.

  • 79'

    Berbatov is now stretching and will be on shortly.

  • 78'

    Vidic kicks out at Olic but the ref takes no action.

  • 78'

    United can't get the ball. Still no sign of Berbatov.

  • 77'

    Van Bommel fires a shot straight at the keeper.

  • 76'

    Altintop's corner is cleared but Bayern keep the ball.

  • 76'

    Altintop comes on for Robben.

  • 75'

    Bayern win another corner.

  • 74'

    United are now trailing on away goals. Ferguson must surely look to bring in Berbatov now.

  • 74'

    Robben scores a stunning goal from the corner! He struck it first time from the edge of the area right into the bottom corner!

  • 74'

    GOAL FOR BAYERN!

  • 74'

    Ribery wins another corner.

  • 73'

    Carrick is caught in possession and Robben receives the ball in the area, but vidic does well to block the shot. Bayern corner.

  • 72'

    Schweinsteiger fouls Valencia. United are starting to look a little better again.

  • 71'

    Gibson gets a shot on goal from the edge of the area but it's straight at the keeper! Valencia did well to create some space in the box but couldn't get a shot away himself.

  • 71'

    Schweinsteiger shoots from just outside the box, but it's a comfortable save.

  • 69'

    Robben darts down the right but United defend well. Goal kick.

  • 69'

    United just can't get out at the moment.

  • 68'

    Gomez heads just over from Lahm's cross. Gomez was under strong pressure from Vidic but still managed to clip the bar there.

  • 67'

    Vidic sweeps up as Lahm attacks down the right.

  • 67'

    O'Shea makes a tackle after a long period of Bayern possession.

  • 65'

    That was a good spell for United and they'll need more of those if they're to progress tonight.

  • 65'

    Nani finds Carrick in the box but the midfielder can't keep his shot down with the first-time strike.

  • 65'

    Fletcher blasts a shot at goal from the corner and it deflects for another.

  • 64'

    Nani seems to be having a dizzy spell as he prepares to take the corner.

  • 63'

    Nani goes clean through and wins a corner as Butt makes a point-blank save from a tight angle! Great work from Evra to feed Nani.

  • 62'

    Valencia brings down Ribery and gets a talking to.

  • 61'

    Van der Sar claims the ball as Gomez loops up a header from the corner.

  • 61'

    Bayern win another corner from O'Shea. United can't survive like this for another half-hour.

  • 60'

    Robben's corner is eventually cleared.

  • 60'

    Bayern win a corner from Vidic.

  • 59'

    Carrick plays a reckless backpass to Van der Sar but the keeper clears under pressure!

  • 59'

    Van der Sar makes a save from a Ribery volley! Robben had crossed for Olic and the ball came to Ribery on the edge of the area.

  • 57'

    United no longer have a striker on the field and they look to be lacking an outlet ball as a result.

  • 56'

    Fletcher curls a shot towards the far post, but he can't get enough swing on it. Goal kick.

  • 55'

    Rooney is withdrawn for United and O'Shea makes his comeback from injury. He'll fill in for Rafael.

  • 55'

    Buut makes a mess of the free-kick, pushing it out to Nani on the edge of the area. Nani takes his time and very nearly finds the net.

  • 54'

    Badstuber goes into the book for a reckless tackle on Valencia. He's suspended for the semi-finals.

  • 52'

    The ref fails to give Robben a free-kick despite Ferdinand hacking him down on the edge of the area.

  • 52'

    Ribery fluffs his lines as the ball comes to him on the edge of the area but Bayern retain possession.

  • 51'

    United clear the free-kick but Bayern win a corner down the right. Bayern looked buoyed and with good reason.

  • 51'

    The Bayern players surrounded the ref there and may have influenced his decision.

  • 50'

    United now have a big, big problem, especially as Rooney is still struggling with injury.

  • 50'

    Rafael has been sent off! He pulled back Ribery and gets his second booking.

  • 50'

    Rooney looks to play the ball out wide but the pass is cut out. That could have been a good break for United.

  • 48'

    United deal with the corner and it's out for a throw.

  • 48'

    Bayern have a corner.

  • 46'

    Gomez has come on for Muller for Bayern.

  • 46'

    Rooney comes out against but Ferguson admits he is concerned that Bayern will target his ankle. He also insists United will be looking for their fourth goal rather than holding on.

  • 46'

    Bayern get the second half underway.

  • 48'

    Join us in the second half to see whether United can hold on.

  • 48'

    United pressed brilliantly for the first 40 minutes and need to get reorganised for the second half.

  • 48'

    United are still in the driving seat, but Bayern's goal has given them real confidence and they are now one goal away from having the advantage.

  • 48'

    It's half-time and the tie is on a knife-edge.

  • 48'

    Rafael charges through and nearly gets a shot away. The ball comes to Valencia for the cross and Fletcher looks to unleash a shot, but he's closed down.

  • 47'

    Van Buyten denies Nani as he looks to slip Rooney in. Disappointing from Nani.

  • 47'

    United make some desperate blocks from the corner. Bayern look very dangerous.

  • 46'

    Robben charges at the United defence and forces Van der Sar into a good low save.

  • 46'

    Three minutes of added time.

  • 45'

    Bayern are on the attack. Olic puts in a cross from the right, which goes straight through to Van der Sar.

  • 44'

    That was exactly what United needed to avoid and now Bayern need just one more to progress on away goals.

  • 43'

    Bayern have a lifeline as Olic takes advantage of some unconvincing defending to put the ball in from a very tight angle. Carrick wasn't strong enough in the initial challenge.

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    GOAL FOR BAYERN!

  • 41'

    Valencia flicks the ball over Dimichelis, plays a flat ball across the box. Rooney can get nothing on it but Nani comes in at the far post to put the ball into the net. Great finish.

  • 41'

    GOAL FOR UNITED!

  • 41'

    Valencia very nearly nicks the ball away from last-man Badstuber on the right flank.

  • 40'

    Van der Sar has a cut on the knee from Olic's studs. There was no malice there and the keeper looks to be fine.

  • 39'

    Bayern break and Van der Sar makes a superb low save to block Olic in the area. The keeper looks to have been hurt in the challenge.

  • 39'

    Nani's free-kick is headed clear by Olic.

  • 38'

    Van Bommel fouls Rafael as he breaks down the right. That could have been a second yellow.

  • 38'

    Rooney seems to be fine following that kick.

  • 37'

    Muller wins a free-kick in the centre as Evra runs into the back of him.

  • 36'

    Van Buyten gives Rooney a kick on the ankle from behind. United have a free-kick in the centre and a limping striker.

  • 35'

    United win the ball from Lahm. Bayern are making a lot of mistakes, but credit to United for forcing them.

  • 34'

    Rafael makes another great challenge on Ribery and receives the ball again in an advanced position. He goes all the way through but fires wide from a tight angle. Rooney was in a glorious position and is furious with the defender.

  • 34'

    Robben crosses in from the right but Carrick heads away.

  • 33'

    Gibson tries his luck again, another long-range effort that curls nicely but fails to dip below the crossbar. Goal kick.

  • 32'

    Gibson's corner misses the first man and comes to Vidic. He looks a little surprised to receive it and blazes over.

  • 31'

    Gibson feeds Valencia down the right but Schweinsteiger is able to make the challenge. United corner.

  • 31'

    Giggs is warming up for Carrick, but he wants to continue.

  • 30'

    Carrick looks dazed but he should be okay.

  • 29'

    Carrick looks to head Gibson's corner at the near post, but he clashes heads with Schweinsteiger and needs treatment.

  • 28'

    Fletcher plays a superb ball for Valencia, but the winger's touch is poor and he has to settle for a corner.

  • 27'

    Van Bommel would now miss the semi-final first leg.

  • 27'

    Ferdinand makes an important challenge to deny Ribery. United break and Van Bommel picks up a yellow for a push on Fletcher.

  • 26'

    Schweinsteiger tries a long-range shot after some good build-up play involving Ribery, but it's deflected away from danger.

  • 25'

    Van Bommell wins a free-kick from Evra just inside his own half as United threaten to break. Rooney has signalled that he wants to stay on.

  • 24'

    Berbatov is now warming up.

  • 23'

    Nani fires a shot well over from the left of the area. Rooney is moving slightly more freely now, but it remains to be seen if he'll last.

  • 22'

    It looks like he's tweaked it in a similar way to the injury in the first leg. He had looked good till now.

  • 21'

    Rooney is limping after going down while challenging for the ball. The crowd are chanting his name, which may not be helpful long-term.

  • 20'

    The ref does give a free-kick this time as Carrick uses his body strength to win the ball in the centre circle.

  • 19'

    Bayern were second best for much of the game at Fiorentina but came through on away goals, so United need to be wary even though they have bossed the opening stages.

  • 18'

    Valencia wins the ball from Badstuber using his upper body and the ref allows play to go on. Moments later, Rafael retaliates after a strong Van Bommell challenge and picks up a yellow.

  • 17'

    Gibson's corner evades several players and comes to Rooney, whose diving header goes over the bar. Difficult chance.

  • 16'

    Gibson swings a cross in from the right and Van Buyten has to put it behind for a corner.

  • 14'

    Bayern build up possession for a while, but United eventually win it back and force a throw in out on the left. Rooney is making full-blooded tackles here - he doesn't look worried by the injury at all.

  • 12'

    Butt plays the ball straight to Carrick but, although he is well out of position, Carrick takes just too long to get the shot away and misses the target.

  • 12'

    Lahm wins a free-kick deep in his own half after a fair tackle from Evra.

  • 11'

    Gibson sends a cross out of play after Valencia had robbed Ribery and linked up with Rooney. Good play before the final ball from Gibson.

  • 10'

    Bayern look to be getting back on their feet a little now.

  • 9'

    Robben sends a free-kick in from the right flank. Ferdinand heads behind but there was a flag up for offside.

  • 9'

    Robben takes a kick from behind from Evra and looks in a bit of pain. That'll be a worry given that this is his first game back.

  • 8'

    United have been excellent in these first few minutes, but Bayern just haven't got started.

  • 7'

    Sublime goal for United. Valencia sends in a superb cross from the left and Nani flicks the ball in with his left instep in real style.

  • 7'

    GOAL FOR UNITED!

  • 6'

    Nani crosses into the danger area but Dimichelis heads clear.

  • 5'

    Nani's corner is punched clear, slightly unconvincingly, by Butt.

  • 5'

    United attack down the left and Rooney wins a corner.

  • 4'

    It's a perfect start from United, but they'll need to build on it.

  • 3'

    Rooney lays the ball off for Gibson, who fires a shot into the back of the net from distance. Butt, the keeper, should really have reacted, but perhaps he was unsighted.

  • 3'

    GOAL FOR UNITED!

  • 2'

    Rooney gets his first touch and misplaces a pass, but Ferdinand recovers and sends the ball back to the keeper.

  • 1'

    Fletcher wins a free-kick in the centre circle after a feisty first few seconds.

  • 1'

    Manchester United get the match underway.

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    The players are now out on the field and gearing up for the kick-off.

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    United will look to use Nani and Antonio Valencia to exploit Bayern on the flanks tonight as, defensively, that could be their biggest weakness with such attacking players on both sides.

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    Ferguson has also said that it was a superficial injury to Rooney and that there was no ligament damage, as they had previously stated. It appears United had sent out misleading messages.

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    Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Rooney did train on Tuesday. "It wasn't a serious injury anyway," he said. "The progress he's made in the last two days has been incredible."

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    The referee for the match is Nicola Rizzoli from Italy.

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    United go into the game on the back of a disappointing defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, while Bayern beat title rivals Schalke 2-1.

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    Bayern, meanwhile, have Arjen Robben back from injury and Bastian Schweinsteiger back from suspension.

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    Rafael and Darron Gibson are also surprise starters for United, with Gary Neville left out of the squad and Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes left on the bench. Federico Macheda is also among the subs for United.

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    Rooney had been expected to miss two or three weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage last week, but Ferguson is seemingly read to gamble on his star man after he responded well to treatment.

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    The big news is that Sir Alex Ferguson has included Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up, with Dimitar Berbatov relegated to the bench.

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    Manchester United trail 2-1 from the first leg but have what could prove a vital away goal.

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    Hello and welcome to the live commentary for tonight's game between Manchester United and Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.