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Van Gaal: 'We haven't learned from our mistakes'
by Paul Kennedy, March 15th, 2011 8:06PM

TAGS:  germany, italy, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Outgoing coach Louis van Gaal said Bayern Munich had no one but itself to blame for its early exit from the UEFA Champions League when it lost at home to Inter Milan, 3-2, and blew the 1-0 lead it had taken into the second leg of the rematch of last year's finalists. Bayern became just the second team to go out in the Champions League knockout stage after winning the first leg on the road.

Macedonian Goran Pandev took advantage of some slack defending to take a pass from Samuel Eto'o and score a late winner that completed Inter's comeback from a 3-1 aggregate deficit and go through on away goals.

"When we lose such a game it's very disappointing because it's our own fault," van Gaal said. "It's not the first time this season but we haven't learned from our mistakes. We created so many chances and didn't use them, and we didn't defend well in the second half. That's how the opponent remains in the game. We can't say that Inter was better, but we are the ones who are out."

Bayern Munich recently lost three straight Bundesliga games, prompting management to announce that van Gaal would not return next season.

In Tuesday's other match, Mexican Javier Hernandez scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to send Manchester United into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Marseille.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: March 16, 2011 at 8 a.m.
    Glad to see Inter and Man U come away the winners.
  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: March 16, 2011 at 7 p.m.
    one of the best entertaining match I've seen in quite some time,,, lots of attacking futbol.. UEFA at its best! sure they're were some slack defending, lol

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