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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Man United Tersungkur di tangan Bayen Munchen

MUNICH (AP) - Ivica Olic scored in injury time Tuesday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

Olic dispossessed Patrice Evra in the area and feinted to beat goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar with a side-footed shot for the come-from-behind win. Franck Ribery had equalized in the 77th minute for Bayern with a free kick that deflected off Wayne Rooney.

"Manchester has a very good chance to advance because they scored away - 2-1 is not the best result but we've scored a lot of away goals, so we can have some confidence," Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said. "In the second half, we played excellently and we pressed on until the very end."

Rooney limped off late on with what appeared to be a right ankle injury, just over 10 weeks before England's opening World Cup match on June 12 against United States.

His second-minute away goal means United could still advance to the semifinals for a fourth straight year with a 1-0 win in the return match on April 7.

Munich's Franck Ribery (no. 7) shoots a free-kick to score the equalizer against Manchester's defense during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday. -AP

"We won't be giving the ball away like we did tonight," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "We have the away goal and that's an advantage. We're good enough to win.

"We kept giving the ball away. We caused our own defeat really. It was a disappointing performance, possession-wise.

To give them credit, they pressed the ball everywhere but we should have played better. We kept giving it away and it causes your own downfall."

Rooney was hurt while competing for the ball with Mario Gomez and the England striker immediately signaled to the United bench that he had to come off the field.

United will assess the injury Wednesday but Rooney could miss Saturday's Premier League meeting with title rival Chelsea.

Rooney got United off to a flying start, connecting with a free kick from Nani in the second minute after being left all alone to score his 34th goal of the season for the English club.

Bayern was without winger Arjen Robben, who failed to recover from a calf injury, so it was left to the team's other main star in Ribery to make his presence felt by forcing Van der Sar to make a diving save in the 20th.

Ribery, injecting some life into Bayern's lackluster performance, then floated a cross for Hamit Altintop but the Turkey midfielder failed to control the ball and Van der Sar scooped it up.

Bayern nearly scored after Ribery eluded Gary Neville and sent in a cross that Van der Sar could only punch away, but Altintop's ensuing pass just failed to reach an unmarked Olic in front of goal.

Rooney should have made it 2-0 in the 39th off Darren Fletcher's cross but his left-footed shot wasn't strong enough to beat goalkeeper Joerg Butt.

A elusive run from Ribery at the start of the second half set up Olic but his powerful shot was blocked by Van der Sar, who made a diving save soon after to stop Thomas Mueller's deflected strike.

Robery equalized from an 18-meter free kick after Neville was penalized for handling the ball, the shot catching Rooney and flying into the net with Van de Sar being caught flat-footed by the deflection and not even moving.

Nemanja Vidic's powerful header from a corner bounced off the crossbar, and the visitors' luck soon worsened when Olic was able to take advantage of their sloppiness and partially avenge United's injury-time winner against Bayern in the 1999 final.

Rooney was helped off the field to complete United's misery but Ferguson tried to stay upbeat.

"He's got a kick in the ankle," Ferguson said. "We'll just have to wait and see tomorrow. Hopefully it's not too serious."

Dipetik dari The Star Online

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