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Unhappy Ferguson blasts Bayern
April 7th, 2010 6:01PM
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TAGS:  england, germany, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Bayern Munich stormed back from a 3-0 deficit at Manchester United after 41 minutes to get the two away goals in a 3-2 defeat that put it through to the semifinals against French club Lyon.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben won the series with a marvelous volley off Franck Ribery's long corner 16 minutes from time that gave the German club the second goal it needed, but Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said the series was decided when, as he claimed, Bayern got young Brazilian defender Rafael sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

"He's [Rafael] a young boy and showed inexperience," said Ferguson, "but they got him sent off. They all rushed towards the referee. Typical Germans. You can't dispute that. There is no doubt about it. They were never getting through that tie. With 11 men we had no problem. The key issues were the goal before halftime and then the boy getting sent off, but it's still taken an exceptional goal to win the tie."

Wayne Rooney made a surprise start a week after sustaining an ankle injury and United quickly led on goals by Darron Gibson and Nani after only seven minutes.

When Nani added a third in the 41st minute, United looked to be on its way to the semifinals, but the game changed when  Croatian Ivica Olic, hero of the first leg with a late winner in Munich, beat goalie Edwin van der Saar from a tight angle two minutes later to make it 3-1 at the half.

Things got worse for United when Rafael was sent off five minutes after the restart for tugging on Ribery.

With Ribery in superb form, Bayern piled on the pressure and got the deserved second goal.

Rooney, who wasn't a factor in the game, was substituted in the second half.

In France, Bordeaux's 1-0 win over Lyon wasn't enough to overcome its 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.
    This was one game that I would have rathered seen go into overtime instead of going on UEFA's Knockout ruling since both clubs had finished with a 4-4 aggragate between both matches.Better luck next year Man U.
  1. Jose Lacson
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
    Young as Rafael is and maybe inexperience, every players knows when you have a yellow card you have to watch out. You can play hard but be aware of that second yellow. I also agree that Man U played better than Bayern, but with 10 men the tide changed. Better luck next year Man U.
  1. Arnold Bockrand
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.
    '...young boy and showed inexperience...'??? Who's the dummy that started him? Crying after losing a football match. Typical English!
  1. mr spock
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
    Bravo Arnold, VERY TRUE!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 3:55 p.m.
    Ferguson can say whatever he wants and it doesn't matter. Man U had a three goal lead in the contest and did not persevere. Most blatant was Ferguson dressing Rooney and playing him. His fitness was not there to give the squad a boost in the attack.
  1. Rafael Garay
    commented on: April 8, 2010 at 7:04 p.m.
    typical Fergie, all he does is chew gum like a cow and find excuses.. Rafael is still a dumb kid!! watch him play on the Premier league games and you'll see all the stupid tackles and fouls he makes. good call and an even better red card.
  1. Jeremy Elges
    commented on: April 9, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.
    What is seemingly lost in this discussion is the fact that Rafael would not even have been in the position of being sent off for grabbing Ribery if he hadn't committed the stupid retaliation foul to get the first yellow card. Nonetheless, it was not "the Germans" that got Rafael 2 yellows, it was Rafael.

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