Olic grabs late win for Bayern

Wayne Rooney scores early away goal but Germans fight back to win 2-1 in ECL first leg.

    Rooney put United ahead after one minute but it was a poor night for the English champions [EPA]

    Ivica Olic scored an injury-time winner as Bayern Munich came from behind to beat English champions Manchester United 2-1 in the European Champions League.

    Croatian Olic powered through to steal the ball from Patrice Evra in the penalty box and fire home almost exactly 90 minutes after Wayne Rooney - who hobbled off after Olic's goal - had opened the scoring for United with just over 60 seconds of the match played.

    Franck Ribery then deflected a second-half free kick off Rooney to draw level in the first leg of their quarter-final.

    Results & fixtures

    Tuesday March 30

     Bayern Munich 2-1 Man Utd
     Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux

    Wednesday March 31

     Arsenal v Barcelona
     Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

    Second legs on April 6 and 7

    Bayern deserved their win after largely dominating a scrappy game after conceding what could be a vital early goal for United early on.

    But it took a foolish handball from Gary Neville to hand the Germans a free kick which Frenchman Ribery fired in off the leaping Rooney after 77 minutes.

    Rooney had put United ahead a minute after the whistle as Bayern defender Martin Demichelis gave away a needless free kick, which Nani played into the box via a deflection.

    As the ball looped in the air, Demichelis slipped as he tracked Rooney and could only watch from the turf as the England striker sidefooted his 34th goal of the season into the roof of the net.

    Olic missed a golden chance to equalise in the 28th minute when he kicked the air from close range after a poor punch from Edwin van der Sar was fired straight back at the United goal.

    But despite a flurry of shots on target from the home side, it took Neville - and Rooney's - intervention to give Bayern hope.

    And after Nemanja Vidic hit the bar for United with eight minutes left, Olic left United with an uphill struggle to save the tie in the second leg at Old Trafford in a week's time.

    "We didn't play well enough and we kept giving the ball away," United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.

    "It's a disappointing performance, we're better than that with possession.

    "Their first goal was a bit of luck, a deflection, but the last goal - the game was done and we gave a terrible goal away."

    He said United medics were still assessing Rooney's injury.

    "Rooney got a kick in the ankle we'll have to wait until tomorrow," he said.

    Lyon in control

    Lyon took control of their all-French Champions League quarter-final with Bordeaux after securing a 3-1 win in an entertaining first leg on Tuesday.

    The visitors turned in an improved second-half showing after going in 2-1 down at the break but a Lisandro Lopez penalty in the 77th minute gave Claude Puel's side a two-goal cushion ahead of the return leg on April 7.

    Lisandro - who will miss the return leg after being booked - had put Lyon ahead in the 10th minute but Bordeaux, who lost 3-1 to Marseille in the League Cup final on Saturday, levelled shortly afterwards via a trademark header from Marouane Chamakh.

    Michel Bastos restored Lyon's lead and Lisandro's spotkick means Laurent Blanc's French champions must win by two clear goals at the Stade Chaban-Delmas next week if they are to turn the tie around.

    Bastos said that it was a victory to savour, for the moment.

    "Its a good result obviously, but they have an away goal," said the Brazilian international.

    "We have done what we had to do tonight, but we are only halfway there and we have to finish off our task next week."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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