The final whistle is blown and despite a brave effort from Manchester United, their European campaign is over.We will have a minimum of three minutes added time.Mandzukic tangles with Evra just inside the United half and wants a free-kick, but play is waved on.The hosts are keeping the ball with ease inside the United half and surely they are now through to Friday's semi-final draw.Ribery finds Pizarro in the box and his snap shot is well saved by De Gea.Robben teases Evra who brings him down and the resulting free kick will help run the clock down.Rooney lets fly from the edge of the box but it hits Dante on the backside and Bayern get it downfield.United still come forward and Hernandez looks to play Kagawa through, but Dante heasds clear.Ribery cuts into the box and is stopped by Jones, but gets it back from Robben and looks to play in Pizarro who has stopped his run and De Gea gathers.Bayern's second change sees Claudio Pizarro on for Muller.Bayern boss Guardiola is asking the home fans for more noise and they are giving him what he wants.You have to say that Evra's opener for United did little more than stir Bayern into action and now they look threatening every time they go forward.United make their second change with Adnan Januzaj on for Welbeck.Something along the lines of United's dramatic 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern is required now if they are to pull this tie out of the fire.Robben goes on a typically powerful run to the edge of the box and then is allowed to run across it before firing low into the bottom corner.GOAL! Dangerman Robben fires in a third goal for Bayern.Kagawa bursts clear for United and puts over a low cross with Welbeck and Hernandez in the centre, but Dante intercepts with the ball looping into the arms of his grateful keeper.United make their first change with Hernandez on for Fletcher.Rafinha is booked for a foul on Welbeck.Robben powers to the by-line but De Gea is able to gather his driven cross at the near post.Vidic makes a great challenge on Muller inside the box and there are appeals from the crowd for a penalty but it was a clean tackle.Vidic clears the resulting free-kick and United breath a sigh of relief.Evra brings down Robben and is booked but some Bayern players wanting a red, claiming the United left-back was the last man.Robben delivers a low cross that Muller turns in from close, but one more goal for United would restore their advantage on away goals.GOAL! Thomas Muller puts Bayern ahead.Panic in the United area with De Gea managing to come through a crowd of players to punch clear but Rafinha fires wide.Bayern make the game's first change with Rafinha on for Gotze.Robben takes a corner for Bayern buit Smalling heads clear. It falls to Ribery on the edge of the box but his shot is deflected out for another corner that Mandzukic heads wide.Jones plays a long ball forward looking for the run of Welbeck but Neuer is quickly off his line to gather.Great chance for United as Welbeck finds Rooney 12 yards out but he scuffs his shot and it trickles harmlessly wide with the goal at his mercy.But straight from the kick-off bayern worjked the ball down the left and Mandzukic got ahead of Evra to head the ball into the bottom corner.Evra smashed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards for his first Champions League goal in seven years.Well trhe game had been crying out for a goal and we ended up with two in barely 30 seconds!GOAL! Mandzukic heads Bayern level 22 seconds after United's opener.GOAL! Evra fires United into a spectacular lead.Welbeck gets to the by-line and cuts the ball back low but Dante is on hand to hack it to safety.Valencia is on the end of a crunching challenge from Gotze who escapes a card.Kagawa bursts forward for United and shoots from 30 yards and Neuer makes the save.Ribery jinks his way to the by-line and pulls the ball back for Mandzukic whose shot is blocked. It breaks for Boateng who fires wide from the edge of the box.Bayern force another corner but it's Rooney on hand this time to head clear.Valencia almost gets Rooney clear in the area with a header, but Dante does enough to clear.Jones does well to close down Ribery and Bayern have a corner. Robben takes it but Vidic heads clear.Play goes until Robben sportingly puts the ball out so the United frontman can get attention and he is able to carry on.Rooney takes this one and home keeper Manuel Neuer punches clear with Welbeck left on the ground in the area.United go straight on the attack with Welbeck winning a corner off Lahm which is cleared for another one.United get the second half under way and neither side has made a change at the interval.Boateng tries his luck from 25 yards but it's way over De Gea's crossbar and that is the last action of the half.We will have a minimum of one minute added time.Fletcher is again on hand to clear as Ribery looks to break and this has been a decent half for United.Rooney sees a chance to break but Lahm goes with him and wins the ball off the United striker.Robben jinks his way into the Bayern box after he wins the ball off Welbeck but his shot hits Smalling and goes out for a corner which Fletcher clears.Kroos plays in a cross but United clear and Valencia brinmgs it away - they do not want to concede this close to half time.Lahm plays the ball into the Robben on the edge of the box and Vidic wins it strongly. Robben goes down and demands a foul but nothing is given.Play goes on with Evra still down but eventually the referee brings it to a halt and the United physio is allowed on.United attack and Evra is brought down by Lahm but no free kick is given.Bayern take it quickly and although United partially clear their lines, it comes to Robben who pulls it back for Kroos who fires narrowly over from the edge of the box.Robben and Kroos try to combine but Vidic gets a foot in at the expense of a corner.More jeers from the home fans as Robben is caught offside but it was an easy decision for the referee's assistant.The hosts are having all the possession at present and everyone is back for United apart from Rooney and even he is inside his own half.Dante has space to get in a cross but he woefully overhits it as he looks for Mandzukic at the back post and it goes out for a goalkick.No major alarms so far for United and they have shown they can unsettle the Bayern defence so encouraging signs.United look to get their passing going 40 yards from the Bayern goal, but there are too mahy red shirts and the hosts win it back.Rooney gets on the ball and there are jeers from the home fans.Kroos looks for Ribery out wide but Jones reads the situation and makes a timely interception.Bayern press again but there's relief for United as Gotze is penalised for a foul on Carrick.Vidic is booked for a crunching challenge on Mandzukic as they challenged for a high ball.Valencia carelessly gives the ball away to Ribery who unleashes a low shot from 25 yards that skids just wide.Bayern force a corner which Kroos takes but Evra heads it up into the air and De Gea gathers.Robben is given space in the United area and tries a shot but Evra gets in an important block to deny him.Running repairs for Welbeck on the touchline as he changes his boots.David Alaba lets fly from 25 yards but ghsi effort is well wide of United's goal.Gotze then tries to thread the ball through for Ribery in the bix but De Gea sees the danger and comes off his line to gather.Valencia gets in a vital tackle to robn Lahm as he was about to get in a cross.Good play there by Bayern and Ribery looked as though he might have been fouled by Vidic in the build up but there were no appeals.Gotze finds Ribery in the box and he cuts the ball back to his striker who fires over under pressure from Smalling.The hosts are playing the ball around patiently at the back but United have closed down well so far.Great cross by Rooney and hope for United that they can get behind the Bayern rearguard.Valencia bundles the ball into the net from Rooney's cross, but the flag is already up with he and Kagawa both offside.The ball breaks kindly off Carrick into the path of Robben who fires way over from the edge of the box.Certainly Bayern are doing nothing defensively here ... they are trying to kill the tie off as quickly as possible.Welbeck is penalised for a foul on Kroos and Bayern work the free kick to Kroos down the right and his clever reverse pass frees Robben in the box. His cross is blocked but it comes back to him amd he flashes an angled shot just wide.Evra gets downfield and gets in a low cross aimed for Rooney at the near post but Bayern get it clear.Vidic gets in another header to clear a cross from Lahm before Evra hooks the ball downfield.Dante stays on the floor clutching his head and Rooney is spoken to by the referee but no card is issued.United counter and Rooney jinks his way to the edge of the box but his shot has blocked and a foul is then given as he challenges Dante in the air for the loose ball.Vidic gets in an important header to clear a Ribery cross and the hosts have certainly made the brighter start.United partially deal with the flag kick andn it drops to Ribery on the edge of the box but he shoots into the ground and it bounces wide.Robben delivers a testing bal into the box where Smalling heads clear ahead of Mario Mandzukic for a corner.Robben trots over to take it but Evra heads clear from the edge of the six-yard box.Ribery then has chance to get another cross in down the left, but Phil Jones blocks and Bayern have the first corner of the game.Arjen Robben breaks from inside his own half and is allowed to run unchallenged to the edge of the United box before laying the ball out to Ribery, but his cross is too strong and goes out for a throw.The hosts get us under way in their tradtional all red strip, with United in their change kit of all blue."I think we would have been stronger with Januzaj and Hernandez starting. Just don't get Moyes' faith in Welbeck ahead of Hernandez, who would have put that chance away last week. Will be closer than people think so long as we don't get a horror start like in the Liverpool game. I think it will be 3-1 to Bayern though. PLEASE let me be wrong!" says Christopher Peddie.Morgan Copes says: "I was really hoping to see Chicharito in the starting XI. 42 goals in 83 starts is incredible and given one chance he can score. If it's left late I would love to see just one more mazy run and goal from Giggsy to put United through to the semis! Then he'll surely break Raul's record!""I'm seeing too many disillusioned United fans talking about how if they perform the way they did last week they'll win. What they're forgetting is United played with 11 men behind the ball for almost 90 mins to keep Munich out yet they still scored. Munich no longer need to score to win, so United have to attack resulting in them being slaughtered. I can't see anything less than a 3-0 win for Munich, it's going to be a walk in the park for them," says Muhaimen Siddique.Luke Jackson said: "Tough game to call tonight because if United turn up it could be very tight. I think Bayern will have too much at the Allianz and I'm predicting 3-1 with Mandzukic getting two and robben for Munich and a Rooney consolation for United. Being a United fan I hope we can replicate what Chelsea did two years ago."Daniel Peasley says: "I've supported United since 1983 and I just hope they don't get embarrassed tonight as I think Utd needed a win in the 1st leg and that will cost them tonight. Saying that, if they try to play the Utd way a 4-4 draw would be fine by me as I don't think a cautious, sit back attitude will work as Bayern will not let Utd play defensively and get away with a 1st leg action replay."Matthew Goodwin-Freeman says: "I honestly think United can win this! If we perform how we did at Old Trafford we can really push Bayern! I think cause we'll be on a high from our 4-0 win against Newcastle, I think everyone will be ready for this and having Rooney back will be brilliant for us! I think we can do this and get through to the semis!""Glad to see Fellaini not playing. Going to be a difficult game for MU but I'm hoping we get through," says Jheeva Subramanian."Looks all set for a 1-1 and extra-time for me, United need to exploit Bayern's frailty in midfield without Bastian and Javi Martinez, the Germans won't win the ball back as easily, which is why I expected Guardiola to start Lahm in midfield and Rafinha at right-back but I guess he's taking a massive gamble here," says Salaar Shamsi.Stephan, a Chelsea fan living in Germany, says: "I will be supporting Utd tonight. Bayern are the best team in Europe at the mo. But over here they have become hugely disliked with their arrogance - both on and off the pitch - for buying the best players from Dortmund (only serious rivals).
Their president being in jail has also become a point of ridicule."
Adam Gillis says: "Tonight will either be tough or a simple training session for Bayern. United's only chance is if Bayern underestimate them like last week in the first leg."Tyler in Kettering says: "Hoping to see United go for it tonight. Need a big performance from Fletcher and Carrick. Predicting a 1-0 win with Welbeck nicking a late winner."Chris Green in Huddersfield says: "The chances of United getting through are very slim, but you can never rule out a shock in the Champions League. Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-0 Man Utd, with Kroos and Robben scoring the goals."So, as you can see, Wayne Rooney has been named in Manchester United's starting XI. The England striker is said to have had a pain-killing injection in the toe, which he injured during the 1-1 first leg draw. Last night David Moyes insisted he was not risking Rooney's long-term fitness by starting the striker at the Allianz Arena. United make four changes from the first leg, with Chris Smalling replacing Rio Ferdinand at centre-back. Patrice Evra comes in for Alex Buttner, Shinji Kagawa replaces the injured Marouane Fellaini while Darren Fletcher starts ahead of Ryan Giggs in central midfield. Reigning European champions Bayern make three alterations, with Dante, Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gotze coming in for Rafinha, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger.Bayern Munich team: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Muller, Kroos, Gotze, Robben, Mandzukic, Ribery. Subs: Raeder, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Weihrauch, Weiser, Hojbjerg.Manchester United team: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Hernandez, Young, Buttner, Januzaj.Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary from tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Manchester United at Allianz Arena. Although last week's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford was a commendable result for David Moyes' side, United still have a big mountain to climb to make it into the last four and keep alive their hopes of winning a trophy this season. Send your views to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish the best ones.
oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!
haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.