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Wednesday 02 April 2014

Champions League: Moyes 'delighted' by Bayern draw

Nemanja Vidic goal helps United share spoils with Europan champions; Mourinho wary of PSG

  • Nemanja Vidic gives Manchester United the lead against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford

Manchester United 1-1 Bayern Munich

David Moyes says his side are in with a "great chance" of progressing to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after earning a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg on Tuesday night. "We're delighted with the performance," said the Manchester United manager.

"We've given ourselves a great opportunity to go to Munich and get a victory"
David Moyes

The result might have been even better for a home side who soaked up long periods of Bayern pressure, had they managed to hold on to the lead taken when Nemanja Vidic glanced Wayne Rooney's header into the net in the 58th minute.

However, the defending champions produced a valuable away goal through Bastian Schweinsteiger's half-volley nine minutes later, although the loss of the Germany international to a red card obtained for a second bookable offence after fouling Rooney in the last minute, could prove costly as he will miss the second leg as a result.

Bayern dominated possession in the early stages with Vidic called upon to make a fine last-ditch intervention to stop Thomas Muller turning in David Alaba's cross, and David de Gea required to dive across goal to turn behind a curling attempt by Arjen Robben.

The two best chances of the half fell to Danny Welbeck, however, the England striker seeing his emphatic strike into the top corner ruled out for raising his leg too high as he tricked his way into a shooting position. In the 40th minute Welbeck then raced on to Wayne Rooney's through-ball only to mishit his dinked finish straight at Manuel Neuer.

United were ahead when Rooney picked out Vidic in space and the Serbian defender adjusted his body position in mid-flight to back-flick a precise header into the far corner. Bayern continued to impress on the ball, and equalised when Mario Mandzukic nodded Rafinha’s cross into the path of the unmarked Schweinsteiger, whose finish was unstoppable. The away goal may give the Bundesliga champions the edge, but they may rue the loss of both Schweinsteiger and defensive midfielder Javi Martinez in Munich.

"We know that we need to score a goal [in the second leg]," said Moyes. "At the minute, if the score stays the same, Bayern will go through. We have to do something about it, but I said tonight that we wanted to go into the second leg with a real chance, and I think we've done that. We've given ourselves a great opportunity to go to Munich and get a victory.

"The players played really well tonight, so we're delighted with the performance. I was a bit disappointed that we conceded a goal in the end, but I thought it was a really good performance. The fans were great tonight, there was a great atmosphere inside the ground, but I'm really pleased with how the players played."

Mourinho wary of PSG threat

Jose Mourinho says his side will need to be wary of the attacking threat posed by Paris Saint-Germain when Chelsea take them on in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg in the French capital on Wednesday evening.

"We have a philosophy and we won't change it. And we have faith in what we do"
Jose Mourinho

The Londoners last met this evening's opponents at the Parc des Princes in Mourinho's first Champions League fixture in charge of Chelsea on 14 September 2004, which the visitors won 3-0 with a John Terry header and Didier Drogba brace, but the Portuguese tactician believes PSG to be a different proposition nowadays.

"Paris has a team full of fantastic attacking players, not to mention the other ones," he told uefa.com. "I could speak for hours about Thiago [Motta]. The offensive players are what really make the difference at this level. Of the remaining teams in the last eight all are good, with great structures and a good philosophy. But on top of that, you have the likes of [Lionel] Messi, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Robert] Lewandowski, Diego Costa, [Edinson] Cavani, [Ezequiel] Lavezzi. Those are the players who make the difference, and they have a lot of them.

"I watch a lot of Paris matches, and Laurent Blanc has a clear philosophy. They keep the same philosophy, even when they change three midfielders, like against Bayer Leverkusen in the [round of 16] second leg. Same goes for us; we have a philosophy and we won't change it. And we have faith in what we do.

"I do not think [experience] plays a big role. Maybe Paris as a club does not have the same experience as Chelsea in the past decades, but if you look closely it is a different picture. Lots of their players do have experience. It is almost the opposite for us. The club has a lot of experience, playing the Champions League each season, with Petr Cech who has 100 Champions League matches. But we also have a lot of young inexperienced players."

The Blues will be without left-back Ashley Cole, who has a knee ligament injury, while striker Samuel Eto'o is missing with a hamstring problem. Marco van Ginkel recently returned to Barclays Under-21 Premier League action after knee surgery.

UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg results

Tuesday 1 April
Manchester United
(Vidic) 1-1 Bayern Munich (Schweinsteiger)
Barcelona (Neymar) 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Diego)

UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg fixtures

Wednesday 2 April
Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

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Key Points

  • Manchester United earn 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-final first leg
  • David Moyes says United in with 'great chance' of reaching semi-finals
  • Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain in their last-eight first leg this evening