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UCL- All Tuesday fixture ends in draw

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Manchester United showed great spirit in a 1-1
draw with holders Bayern Munich in the first leg
of their Champions League quarterfinal on
Tuesday while Atletico Madrid gained the upper
hand against Barcelona.
United led at Old Trafford through a Nemanja Vidic header, and
while Bastian Schweinsteiger soon got a precious away goal for
Bayern, the ailing Premier League champions will have been boosted
by the nature of their performance against their much-fancied
opponents.
Atletico, meanwhile, hold the advantage going into the second leg of
their all-Spanish tie against Barcelona thanks to a brilliant away
goal scored by Diego Ribas, although Neymar scored to earn the
Catalans a 1-1 draw.
With Bayern already having won the German Bundesliga title and
United struggling at home under David Moyes, many expected the
visitors to coast to a comfortable victory, but the hosts defended
doggedly and succeeded in frustrating their opponents for large spells.
United had an early Danny Welbeck goal disallowed and the
England striker then missed a glorious chance to open the scoring
when he tried to chip Bayern ‘keeper Manuel Neuer when clean
through on goal.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 58th minute, Vidic twisting his
neck to divert a Wayne Rooney corner from the left into the net at
the far post.
Bayern were level just nine minutes later, however, as substitute
Mario Mandzukic knocked down a Rafinha cross and
Schweinsteiger swept the ball into the roof of the net.
Bayern were unable to make it a record eight straight away wins in
the Champions League and Schweinsteiger was later sent off after a
late challenge on Rooney saw him booked for a second time.
Javi Martinez will also be banned for the return leg at the Allianz
Arena next Wednesday.
“I am quite satisfied. Manchester United has one of the best teams in
the world,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.
“It is always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1
draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous. We will
try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it.”
For Moyes, there was satisfaction with the performance coupled with
the realisation that his side must get a positive result at the Allianz
Arena.
“The players played really well, so we’re delighted, but just a bit
disappointed that we conceded in the end,” he said.
“We know we’ve got to score a goal in the second leg. We have to do
something about it. But we know we’ve given ourselves a great
opportunity.”
And Atletico have the edge as well against Barcelona after drawing
with the Catalans for the fourth time in all competitions this season
but grabbing a precious away goal.
However, while they will be pleased to come away from the Camp
Nou with a 1-1 draw, they lost leading scorer Diego Costa to a
hamstring injury that looks likely to rule him out of next week’s match
at the Vicente Calderon.
Costa has scored 33 goals for Atletico this season, but his replacement
Ribas scored the opening goal on the night on 56 minutes with a
superb strike that arrowed into the net at Jose Manuel Pinto’s near
post.
Barca, who had earlier lost Gerard Pique to an injury that will see
him out of action for the next four weeks, then piled on the pressure
and got their reward when Neymar latched on to a glorious pass from
Andres Iniesta and finished past Thibaut Courtois in goal.
“Their goal was a shame for us, it was a great goal. I think we
played very well and perhaps had more chances, but they played well
too,” Barca skipper Xavi Hernandez told Spanish television.
“It was difficult for us to create many opportunities. We need to try
and score there, but it is not a good result for us.”
However, Atletico midfielder Tiago said: “Barca are still the
favourites, but we have a game at home and we will have our
chances. We can dream and we will give everything at the
Calderon.”

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