UCL Recap, Highlights: Red Devils Earn Draw Against Bayern, Ateltico And Barcelona Equals At The Nou Camp

Manchester United Vidic goal

Staff Writer

Manchester United were underdogs heading into the Champions League quarterfinal, but were able to get a positive result. Bayern Munich was expected to head back to Germany with several away goals in tow, but instead have a slight advantage on away goals after a 1-1 draw.

Although Bayern Munich dominated possession throughout the match (commanding 74% at the game’s end), it was United with a golden chance to take the lead. After a slip from Jerome BoatengDanny Welbeck was clean through on goal and opted to go for a chip. However, Manuel Neuer was up to the task, palming the ball down before collecting.

Against the run of play, United found themselves up early in the second half. Wayne Rooney‘s corner found Nemanja Vidic to put the Red Devils ahead in the 58th. The header from the Serbian defender was of real quality as he found enough power despite trailing away from the goal on contact.

The goal gave United a surprise lead, but it didn’t take Bayern long to level the match. Eight minutes from Vidic’s goal, Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s close-range shot thundered into the top corner, leaving David De Gea no chance. Rafinha sent in a cross that was headed down by Mario Mandzukic into Schweinsteiger’s path to finish.

For all of Bayern’s dominance, they leave Manchester with only a slim advantage due to away goals and a roster deficiency to boot. Both Javi Martinez and Schweinsteiger are suspended for the second leg. Heading back to Munich will pose a difficult task for United, but it isn’t impossible. However, Bayern are still heavy favorites moving forward.

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Other Champions League Results

1. Diego (Not Costa) Gives Atletico Draw Against Barcelona– Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have now squared off four times throughout all competitions. All four of those matches have ended in draws with the opening leg in the quarterfinals ending 1-1.

Diego Costa started the match despite leaving training early the day before and certainly made things worse, leaving after 30 minutes with a hamstring problem. It was his replacement and namesake, Brazilian forward Diego, that put Atletico ahead in the 56th minute. His strike from distance beat Jose Manuel Pinto in the 56th minute. Pinto was deputizing for the injured Victor Valdes, but don’t think Barcelona’s regular number one would have saved the shot.

Even down a goal, Barcelona were their usual selves, dominating possession and creating several chances to test Thibaut Courtois. The Catalans would finally get their deserved goal. Andres Iniesta split the Atletico defense and Neymar finished smartly with one touch, beating Courtois at the far post.

Heading into the second leg, both teams have a chance to move on the the next round. Atletico has the advantage on away goals, but Barcelona has the quality to find goals at the Vicente Calderon. It should be another enthralling match between two equal sides.

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