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Wednesday, December 9, 1998 Published at 23:04 GMT


Sport: Football

Red Devils march on

Roy Keane opens the scoring

Manchester United have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions' League after drawing 1-1 with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.


Mike Ingham reports (BBC Radio 5 Live)
United go through as one of two best runners-up in the qualifying campaign after other European results went their way, while Bayern progressed as Group D winners.

Bayern, looking a far more proficient side than in the first leg, seemed to outnumber United in the first quarter with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, particularly, having trouble finding space in midfield.


[ image: Alexander Zickler challenges Dennis Irwin]
Alexander Zickler challenges Dennis Irwin
But Andy Cole and David Beckham clearly looked on form and when Beckham picked up the ball, running into space and fired a 30-yard shot, Oliver Khan could only punch it away.

Bayern hit back immediately, however, with Bixentwe Liseraxu hitting a low cross to Giovane Elber at the near post. Elber, diving low, beat Gary Neville, but the finish was not as good as the set-up and the ball flashed across the face of the goal.

Dennis Irwin then clashed heads with Alexander Zickler, badly bruising his nose - which bled profusely - but both players recovered to rejoin the match.

But United pushed forward, with Cole narrowly missing out on a superb opening goal.

Irwin fed Ryan Giggs, who fed through instantly to Cole just inside the box. Cole turned, sending Khan the wrong way, but forced a curving shot just outside the Bayern near post.


[ image: Gary Neville holds off Hasan Salihamidzic]
Gary Neville holds off Hasan Salihamidzic
United then picked up the pace to force two more near chances with Roy Keane blasting a shot onto Markus Babbel who volleyed it away, before Ryan Giggs headed a Cole chip the wrong side of the Bayern post.

It started a fine period of play with United dominating. Both Cole and Dwight Yorke began to make some darting runs into the Bayern box and Cole was unlucky to have a shot deflected in the 39th minute.

Despite Bayern's defensive record - they have so far only conceded one goal in the Bundesliga - it seemed inevitable that a United goal would come.

And minutes before the break it did. A long ball from Beckham found Giggs on the left-wing, who, beating Thomas Strunz, passed neatly to Keane who hammered a 20-yard shot low into the left corner of the Bayern net.

Bayern push forward

Bayern started with much more purpose in the second-half, forcing United back into their own half and after a flying 35-yard drive from Samuel Osei Kuffour which was pushed round the post by Peter Schmeichel, Bayern found the equaliser.

It was a terrible piece of defence from United from a more than ordinary corner.

And when Thomas Strunz headed into the box, the United defence looked asleep, allowing Hasan Salihamidzic to chip into the United net.

Andy Cole was then unlucky not put United ahead - but only after both sides had made substitutions.

Bayern brought on Thomas Linke for Matthaus, while Nicky Butt came on for Yorke.

Cole then met a long ball from Beckham, but shaved it with his head just to the left of the far post.

Bayern, undoubtedly, began to take more control of the second-half, but seemed content the draw would take them through.

United, however, continued to press on with Paul Scholes jinking his way into the penalty area to create problems for the Germans.

Kuffour was lucky not to concede a penalty in the closing minutes after pulling Cole back from a Giggs free-kick.

But it was not to be and when the final whistle blew, both sides looked happy with the draw.

Teams:

Manchester United: Peter Schmeichel, Wesley Brown, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs; Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole

Bayern Munich: Oliver Khan, Thomas Strunz, Markus Babbel, Lothar Matthaeus, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Bixente Lizarazu, Alexander Zickler, Stefan Effenberg, Jens Jeremies, Giovane Elber, Hasan Salihamidzic

Referee: Dick Jol, Netherlands



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