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Tuesday football as it happened


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2212: Well what an evening that turned out to be. A brilliant game of football in Munich sees Bayern take a 2-1 lead to Man Utd for their second leg, while Lyon saw off Bordeaux 3-1 in their tie. Follow that, Wednesday - when Caroline Cheese returns to the hotseat for Arsenal v Barcelona and Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow. I'm off to take a chill pill. Over and out.

2207: That was Manchester United's first defeat away from home in the Champions League since a 3-0 defeat at AC Milan in the semi-finals in 2007. They had gone 16 games unbeaten away from home in Europe.

From pompeyspud on 606: "Stevo, maybe this would stop seeming to happen every World Cup if we didn't go into each one 100% relying on only ONE player?"

From Dan, Newcastle, via text to 81111: "Am I the only person not panicky? We all know we can turn it up a few notches, whereas this is the absolute best Bayern can play. We'll be fine when we get them back to Old Trafford."

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Wayne Rooney got a kick on his ankle and we're not sure how serious it is right now. He might be out of Saturday but we'll take a look at it tomorrow."

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We just kept giving it away. Bayern were the better team and it's a disappointing performance possession-wise. They put in a big effort, but we're better than that."

2153: Every time. David Beckham in 2002, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen in 2006, now Rooney again - England always seem to have an injury crisis going into a World Cup. Without wanting to come over all Uri Geller, cross everything for Rooney right now if you support England.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "Quite simply United didn't turn up in the second half and Louis van Gaal's substitutions got Bayern their goals. United tried to get their second goal and it didn't work. But United winning 1-0 at Old Trafford is not beyond the realms of possibility, is it?"

From elpaico on Twitter: "Fergie got his substitutions wrong. Berbatov and Valencia was a mistake, just gave Bayern more time on the ball. Frustrating."

2144: Television pictures appear to suggest Wayne Rooney went over on his right ankle at the end of the game in the Allianz Arena. If that is the case, then hopefully it'll be far better news than the dreaded metatarsal we all fear.

2141: Front and back pages sorted for Wednesday, then. If Arjen Robben is fit for next Wednesday's second leg at Old Trafford and Wayne Rooney isn't, are Bayern now favourites for the tie?

2139: More on Wayne Rooney as and when we know, but we've got two massive stories from the evening in Germany - the first one is that Man United have been beaten in their Champions League quarter-final first leg by Bayern Munich. The second is that Mario Gomez appeared to tread on Wayne Rooney's foot and the English striker had to be helped off at the end.

2137: Wayne Rooney hobbled off at the end in Munich.

2135: Full-time Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United

Bayern goal: It was coming - United have been at sixes and sevens. Mario Gomez bursts forward and Nemanja Vidic half-stops him, but Patrice Evra gets confused and seems to not know where he is. Ivica Olic gleefully takes the ball off him, is 10 yards out in front of Edwin van der Sar and rolls into the corner. It's about the last kick of the game.

2134: Full-time Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux

2134: GOAL Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United

2132: Bayern should be winning. Mario Gomez is played into space in the United box but going away from goal his shot lacks power - however, Edwin van der Sar has slipped and somehow the Dutchman manages to deflect the ball behind while falling.

2131: Philipp Lahm crosses from the Bayern right and Mario Gomez is trying to get across Rio Ferdinand, but the England captain sticks out a foot and diverts it behind. The referee gives a goalkick.

Yellow card
2130: Wayne Rooney picks up a booking for a silly follow-through tackle on Danijel Pranjic and the Bayern player promptly limps off, replaced by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.

2129: It's like a mini Football League Macca: "Oldham are making a late game of it at Boundary Park as Pawel Abbott helps himself to another. Oldham 2-3 Brentford."

2128: Franck Ribery has space 30 yards out to fire in another right-foot shot, but it's straight down the throat of Edwin van der Sar, who has had a pretty busy night. Can't believe we're approaching injury time - it's just flown by.

2127: Bayern send on Miroslav Klose, who has scored about a thousand goals for Germany, for the impressive Hamit Altintop.

From Jon, via text to 81111: "Best player tonight gets Bayern back in it. Ribery has been world-class."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2125: Ryan Giggs swings over a super corner from the United left and Nemanja Vidic meets it with a thumping header that crashes against the Bayern crossbar. The woodwork's still shaking - he headed that harder than most people can kick the thing.

2124: Manchester United bring Ryan Giggs on for Nani.

2123: No time to breathe, it's Football League Macca: "Action everywhere (except Plymouth-Barnsley where it is still 0-0). Looks like it's going to get very tasty at the foot of the Champ table. Palace lead Watford 3-0 now through Neil Danns's goal. Cardiff lead 2-1, still, but are down to 10 men as Gabor Gyepes goes for a professional foul. Meanwhile, in L1, Charlie MacDonald has his second of the game and Brentford's third as they lead at Oldham 3-1. Fifteen minutes or so to go."

Yellow card
2122: Two-goal Lyon hero Lisandro Lopez has just picked up a booking so he will not be able to play in the second leg at Bordeaux.

2121: Bayern are in the ascendancy now and Philipp Lahm skins Nani down their right before whipping over a cross that just goes over the head of Mario Gomez, who came on for Thomas Muller.

Lyon goal: Zut alors. Aly Cissokho's shot clatters into the arm of Matthieu Chalme, who is looking in the opposite direction. Referee Felix Brych points to the spot though and Lisandro Lopez sends Cedric Carrasso the wrong way for his second of the night.

Bayern goal: Gary Neville pays the ultimate price for his moment of insanity. Franck Ribery curls a tame-looking free-kick goalwards but it takes an horrific deflection off a jumping Wayne Rooney and wrong-foots Edwin van der Sar. All square.

2118: GOAL Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux

2118: GOAL Bayern Munich 1-1 Manchester United


Yellow card
2117: Strange. Gary Neville sticks out his left hand and picks up a booking for the most blatant handball since 1986. Free-kick to Bayern, four yards outside the United box.

2116: Chances at either end at the Stade Gerland, where it remains a tasty encounter. Jean Makoun has only Cedric Carrasso to beat but fails to slip the ball past the Bordeaux keeper. Moments later, Wendel thumps a volley onto the crossbar, and is promptly substituted in favour of Jussie. Harsh.

From 4fabregas on 606: "That's a pretty aggressive double substitution 1-0 up away from home. Fergie clearly wants to wrap this one up. Fair play to him."

2113: Neat backheel by Thomas Muller inside the Man United half and Ivica Olic attempt a Romario-esque toe-poke goalwards, Edwin van der Sar parrying the ball behind at his near post.

2113: Football League Macca: "Not good news for Oldham fans, I'm afraid. They were winning, but now they're losing as the beautifully named Dutchman Pim Balkestein scores for Brentford. Oldham 1-2 Brentford."

2112: Double change: Park and Michael Carrick off, Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Valencia on.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "Nani has had less of an impact the more the game has gone on and he's started to fall over too, which Sir Alex Ferguson won't be pleased about."

2109: Danijel Pranjic fires in a left-footer from 25 yards and it takes a horrible deflection off a United player before looping on to the roof of Edwin van der Sar's net.

From optajoe on Twitter: "Manchester United have never kept a clean sheet in eight Champions League away games in Germany."

2106: Bayern have just lost some impetus in Munich, United look a bit more comfortable than at the start of the second half.

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho: "I am very happy at Inter but not in Italian football. I don't like Italian football and it doesn't like me, simple."

2103: Magnificent save from Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris at the Stade Gerland, the keeper reacting superbly to stick out his left hand and prevent Marouane Chamakh's acrobatic close-range volley going in.

2102: Football League Macca: "Have we ever mentioned what a dangerous scoreline 2-0 is? It's game on again at Cardiff after Leicester grab a goal back through substitute Steve Howard seven minutes after the restart. Cardfiff 2-1 Leicester. Watford will be hoping the curse of the 2-0 strikes tonight as Palace now lead by that scoreline at Vicarage Road, Sean Scannell getting their second."

2100: If Franck Ribery goes past Gary Neville again, does he get to keep him? Good job Nani is doubling up on this occasion to help his full-back out, or Ribery was into the area and in a shooting position.

From Anon, via text to +44 7786200666: "Currently watching the United game in my Milan hotel. Italian TV has Paolo di Canio as summariser, wearing a jacket that Ted Bovis would be ashamed to wear."

2057: Hamit Altintop goes on a mazy dribble, waltzing through three or four United defenders to create half a yard to shoot straight at Edwin van der Sar from just inside the box, before Mark van Bommel rampages forward and sees his searing 22-yard drive fly into the arms of Van der Sar. It's very, very open.

2056: Holger Badstuber's corner from the Bayern left is all along the floor and United clear comfortably. The hosts need to score while they are on top - otherwise they are risking going 2-0 down on the break. And at 2-0, this tie is over.

From darkanddom on 606: "DeMichelis gets nervous when Rooney is around. Neville trembles when Ribery is coming. This game is far from over. United are asleep or something. But they will nick a second goal and kill this tie off."

2052: Thomas Muller lets fly from 25 yards for Bayern and it takes a horrible deflection off a United defender before Edwin van der Sar gets down well to make the save. It's going to have to be good to beat the Dutchman tonight.

2051: Franck Ribery is on turbo at the start of the second half - he's skinned Gary Neville twice already and now he gets back to halfway inside his own half to win back possession for Bayern. That's what they need from their French talisman.

2048: Great start for Bayern as Franck Ribery bursts down the left and slips in Ivica Olic, but despite the angle being tight he shoots instead of passing and Edwin van der Sar parries away.

2047: Back under way at the Stade Gerland where it's Lyon 2-1 Bordeaux in the battle of the French giants.

2047: They've started again in the Allianz Arena where it is Bayern Munich 0-1 Manchester United.

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "I think we scored too early - we didn't need to work for the goal. We need to get some more possession of the ball and then we'll be OK."

From JayWhiten on Twitter: "Swap Park for Valencia at half-time... Park has been quiet and Valencia can rip them apart at the back."

2041: Half-time in Football League Macca land, too: "The half-time whistle has just gone at Cardiff, but not before hot-shot Peter Whittingham doubled the home side's lead with a tap-in after being set up by Gavin Rae. Leicester had a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances. It's goalless at Plymouth-Barnsley and still 1-0 to Palace against Watford, who have hit the woodwork twice and missed a host of chances."

2039: Unlikely, Sam (below). Infostrada Sports reckon United have led 1-0 away from home 14 times in the Champions League and have only lost one of those games, 2-1 at Deportivo la Coruna in 2001.

From Sam, London, via text to 81111: "Man Utd to lead until the 89th minute but lose 2-1?"

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "I would describe United's performance as largely comfortable, save for a couple of hairy moments when Olic should have scored and when Ribery went past Neville. But every time United go forward they create a chance and that in itself is a story."

2031: Half-time Bayern Munich 0-1 Manchester United

2031: Half-time Lyon 2-1 Bordeaux

2029: Nani's right foot is in trouble after a Bayern defender appears to accidentally tread on it. The Portuguese needs some treatment. Meanwhile, Michael Carrick's left-foot volley is saved by Hans-Jorg Butt.

2028: Michael Carrick's goalbound shot from 20 yards is deflected behind for a corner by a Bayern defender. United look devastating on the break, they are creating chances at will.

From Hodgey on 606: "Don't know how Rooney missed that but Demichelis has been awful so far. Love how everyone is criticising him though, doubt it will be the same story in a few months' time."

2024: Fabulous chance for Wayne Rooney after more terrific work by the superb Darren Fletcher. He gets away down the left, skins Philipp Lahm and sends over a stunning cross that Martin Dimichelis misses and it falls for Rooney six yards out, but he takes a touch and his eventual shot is saved by Hans-Jorg Butt.

2022: Football League Macca's in the goals too: "Oldham's leading scorer Pawel Abbott has his 12th of the season as they lead Brentford. Abbott has scored 39% of their league goals this season. But before I can even put my calculator away Brentford have equalised through Charlie MacDonald. And in the Championship, Stern John has just put Palace a goal up against the run of play at Watford. The as-it-stands table looking less-than-appealing for Hornets fans at present."

2021: Wayne Rooney tries to get on the end of a United cross from the right but goes down in the box. He wants a penalty, but Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere waves him away.

2019: Ambitious - Danijel Pranjic hammers in a left-footer from fully 30 yards in Munich and Edwin van der Sar acrobatically leaps across his goal to gather the ball in. It's a jolly good game, you know. In fact they both are.

Lyon goal: Good move from Lyon - and the hosts re-take the lead inside a jumping Stade Gerland. Miralem Pjanic crosses from the left, Benoit Tremoulinas misses his headed clearance and Michel Bastos sweeps in left-footed from 12 yards.

2017: GOAL Lyon 2-1 Bordeaux

2015: Darren Fletcher tees up Wayne Rooney 25 yards out and the 34-goal striker pulls the trigger - this time it flies straight into Hans-Jorg Butt's midriff.

2014: Action for both keepers at the Stade Gerland. First, Lyon find some gaping holes in the normally reliable Bordeaux defence and Cesar Delgado is one on one with Cedric Carrasso, who denies the Argentine. Straight up the other end, Yoann Gouffran's cheeky flick is brilliantly tipped over by Hugo Lloris. Moments later, goalscorer Marouane Chamakh heads wide.

2013: How did Bayern not score? Franck Ribery gets away from Gary Neville with a brilliant touch down the left and after Edwin van der Sar surprisingly punches half-clear, Hamit Altintop's mis-hit shot rolls under Ivica Olic's right foot three yards out. Incredible miss.

From Declan in Dublin, via text to 81111: "Chamakh looks like a decent purchase by Wenger, problem is he will need buy Gourcuff to cross the balls to him."

2009: Franck Ribery plays a brilliant pass over the top of the United defence to Hamit Altintop but, eight yards out, the midfielder's touch is woeful and he can only tap it back to Edwin van der Sar.

From optajoe on Twitter: "Wayne Rooney's opener at Bayern is the quickest goal in the Champions League this season."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2007: Not worth getting too excited about, but United did just hit the bar as Hans-Jorg Butt slightly misjudged Nani's mis-hit cross from the right. Could have been embarrassing.

2006: The ball breaks to Franck Ribery inside the United half and he takes it forward before firing in a shot that takes a nick off Nemanja Vidic and is easily saved by Edwin van der Sar.

2003: Paul Scholes gets away with a poorly-timed challenge on Hamit Altintop. It's thigh high, and he really should be booked for it.

2002: Two great chances inside a minute for Man United as firstly Wayne Rooney outpaces Daniel Van Buyten and sees his shot blocked, before Nani collects Darren Fletcher's clever pass and drags badly wide from 15 yards.

2000: Football League Macca: "Good start for Cardiff as they go in front when Leicester keeper Chris Weale fails to deal with a Kelvin Etuhu shot and Ross McCormack is in the right place to tap in."

1959: Holger Badstuber swings over a corner from the Bayern right and Martin Demichelis heads wide at the back post.

Bordeaux goal: Fabulous way to respond as Bordeaux's best two players combine for a leveller. Yoann Gourcuff does brilliantly down the right to twist and turn into space to fizz over a superb left-footed cross and captain for the night Marouane Chamakh rises high to thump home a header. All square.

1958: GOAL Lyon 1-1 Bordeaux

1957: That a lively enough start for you? Franck Ribery is starting to have a bit more of an influence on proceedings in Germany, not incidentally.

Lyon goal: Disaster for the visitors. A rubbish Lyon free-kick is cleared but is booted back into the Bordeaux box with interest - defender Michael Ciani completely misjudges his header and after Mathieu Bodmer lashes in a shot, Lisandro Lopez gets in ahead of Ciani to prod home an opener.

1954: GOAL Lyon 1-0 Bordeaux

1953: Better from Bayern as Philipp Lahm and Hamit Altintop play a nice-one two down their right, but Lahm's eventual cross drifts out of play beyond the far post. Franck Ribery is awfully deep, already.

1951: Bayern cannot get near United. A lovely, quick interchange of passing ends with Park finding Paul Scholes 16 yards out and the midfielder's snap-shot flies over Hans-Jorg Butt's crossbar.

From JodyMorris4England on 606: "Demi-careless more like."

1949: That was Wayne Rooney's 34th goal of the season, with only 66 seconds on the clock in Munich. Louis van Gaal looks like someone just kicked him in the face. Arjen Robben, sat high in the stand, looks like he just swallowed his tongue.

United goal: Astonishing. Fergie wanted an early goal, and with little over a minute on the clock he's got it. Nani swings over a free-kick from the right, it loops off a Bayern defender's head and after Martin Dimichelis slips, Wayne Rooney is left totally unmarked four yards out to slam a left-foot volley into the roof of the net. Wow.

1946: GOAL Bayern Munich 0-1 Manchester United

1945: And they've kicked off at the Allianz Arena too. Nani on the right, Park on the left to begin with for Man United.

1945: Unbelievably prompt aren't they, the French? Under way at the Stade Gerland.

1944: Before we kick off, a bit more Football League Macca chat: "One game in L1 tonight. It's Oldham v Brentford. The mid-table Bees have little more than points and pride to play for. The Latics, however, have been dragged into the relegation scrap. A win would give them a five-point safety cushion. Meanwhile, League Two has been decimated by the weather. The postponed match between Accrington and Barnet being the one and only game on the schedule. Sorry about that L2 fans."

1942: The teams, led by Mark van Bommel and Gary Neville, emerge from the tunnel at the stunning Allianz Arena in Munich.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "I just see Manchester United scoring tonight - I don't think they get overawed any more by these nights like they used to. They've completely conquered their fear of away days in Europe and they'll be in control for long periods I'm sure."

1938: Your friend and mine Caroline Cheese pointed me in the direction of a truly top-class stat earlier today: Michael Owen has scored as many Champions League goals (three) in Germany this season as Bayern Munich. Cheesy, by the way, returns to take care of the Lyon v Bordeaux match report tonight, while the irrepressible Sam Lyon will be writing a Bayern-Man Utd masterpiece.

From Peter in Swindon, via text to 81111: "I can't see United beating Bayern. I reckon Bordeaux will spring a surprise against Lyon. I think it will end up 3-0 Bayern and 2-0 Bordeaux."

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "Arjen Robben has been Bayern's best player this season so hopefully he'll be a loss to them. But they will be hard to beat either way, no question about that. What we have to do is maintain the performance level we've put in time and again in Europe this season - especially away from home. I'd take a goal over a clean sheet tonight, certainly."

1930: It wouldn't be a midweek evening without Football League Macca: "A massive night of Champions League football. Clearly. But it's a potentially monstrous evening for the Championship. Only three games but two of them are genuine six-pointers. Not literally, but you know what I mean. At the top, Cardiff host Leicester. A point between them, play-off positions in need of being sewn up. At t'other end, Watford host Palace. Four points between the two sides lying on opposite sides of the dreaded drop zone. Two points below Palace, Plymouth are at home to mid-table Barnsley. Only a win will do for the Pilgrims."

1927: Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that this starting XI is Manchester United's oldest in Champions League history, with an average age of 30 years and 10 days.

From Logos on 606: "The problem with Berbatov always was and always will be simply that he is the wrong player for Man Utd. He is fantastic in my opinion but he doesn't fit our system and that's why he's dropped for every big game. Don't know why we bought him. I'm a huge fan of his and it's not his fault, it's just a shame."

From philippeauclair on Twitter (in a Barcelona pre-match news conference): "A priceless moment - a phone goes off, playing the 'Pink Panther' tune, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is talking about how good Arsenal and Barca are, then... without missing a beat, Z adds: "Even Inspector Clouseau would enjoy watching us play." Sweet."

1919: Of course you won't need me to remind you that 'The Battle of the Beautiful Football', Arsenal v Barcelona, takes place tomorrow at the Emirates. My colleague Sam Sheringham (no relation) has written a fabulous feature about Cesc Fabregas' relationship with his boyhood heroes - but will the Gunners skipper win his fitness battle?

From JackFromMacc on Twitter: "I feel for Berbatov, best player on the pitch by miles against Bolton yet again he's dropped for a match that really matters."

From Anon, via text to 81111: "Seeing that stat about Norwich (re: 1855) has made the yellow-and-green Man Utd scarves make sense. Bayern will be terrified!"

Yellow card
1911: Players who will miss second leg if booked tonight:
Bayern Munich: Danijel Pranjic, Mark van Bommel
Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic
Lyon: Sidney Govou, Lisandro, Cris, Miralem Pjanic
Bordeaux: Michael Ciani, Marc Planus

1908: In the first all-French Champions League tie, Lyon coach Claude Puel restores fit-again Mathieu Bodmer to his defence, replacing Jean-Alain Boumsong, while Michel Bastos is preferred to Sidney Govou as Lyon look to maintain their unbeaten home record in the Champions League this season. Bordeaux, fresh from defeat by Marseille in the French League Cup, are without suspended skipper Alou Diarra and the injured Marc Planus. Ludovic Sane replaces Planus in central defence, Jaroslav Plasil takes Diarra's place in midfield. As expected, Marouane Chamakh is the lone striker and skippers Laurent Blanc's side.

1906: Lyon v Bordeaux line-ups:
Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Bodmer, Cissokho, Makoun, Toulalan, Delgado, Pjanic, Michel Bastos, Lopez.
Subs: Vercoutre, Boumsong, Kallstrom, Ederson, Govou, Gomis, Gonalons.
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Chalme, Sane, Ciani, Tremoulinas, Gouffran, Plasil, Menegazzo, Wendell, Gourcuff, Chamakh.
Subs: Rame, Henrique, Jurietti, Cavenaghi, Jussie, Bellion, Placente.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

1904: Bayern Munich, then, are without winger Arjen Robben and striker Mario Gomez (on the bench), both of whom miss out because of a calf injury, but French wide man Franck Ribery is fit to start after shaking off an ankle problem. Manchester United make four changes to the side that beat Bolton 4-0 at the weekend, with Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ji-Sung Park and Michael Carrick restored to the line-up as manager Sir Alex Ferguson continues with his preferred formation in Europe of 4-5-1. Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs and Dimitar Berbatov drop to the bench.

1902: Bayern Munich v Manchester United line-ups:
Bayern Munich:
Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Altintop, Van Bommel, Pranjic, Ribery, Muller, Olic.
Subs: Rensing, Gorlitz, Klose, Contento, Alaba, Gomez, Tymoschuk.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Park, Rooney.
Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Rafael Da Silva, Jonathan Evans, Valencia, Gibson.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Bayern Munich 1-2 Man United
Lyon 1-1 Bordeaux

1857: Shame tonight for referee Mark Halsey, who was due to officiate at his first Football League match after recovering from cancer. Accrington Stanley v Barnet in League Two has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

1855: Fergie's so chilled out these days he can't even be bothered to play mind games. Not so his former charge Laurent Blanc, who is proving himself a very capable potential Fergie replacement in more ways than one as Bordeaux coach. "Laurent Blanc says that we're the favourites but you know he's thinking exactly the contrary," said unmoved Lyon counterpart Claude Puel. "It's a way of taking pressure off his team." If it works, it's vintage Ferguson.

From Steve in Norwich, via text to 81111: "There's only one English team that has ever won in Munich against Bayern... hope it stays that way tonight as it's our biggest claim to footballing fame!"

1849: No Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich, but Franck Ribery does start. Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney start for Man Utd.

From avenkat10 on Twitter: "Comments like "United are a one-man team" and "United should be scared of us" means Fergie doesn't need to motivate anyone."

From Liam Watson on 606: "If Bayern can handle Rooney they have a very good chance of winning, likewise if United can keep Ribery quiet."

Bayern's Martin Demichelis
Der Ner Ner Ner Ner Ner Ner Ner...
1843: Line-ups and team news on the way from Germany shortly, with - now that Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are both fit - most of the focus on the home side's starting XI. Will flying Dutchman Arjen Robben shrug off his fitness worries? Will French phenomenon Franck Ribery be able to play the full 90 minutes? Will Argentine stopper Martin Demichalis be able to see anything past that mask? So many questions, so few answers.

1840: Lots going on tonight, including Lyon v Bordeaux in the first ever all-French Champions League tie and some Football League games too. Here's how to get in the mixer: get the Tweets in @Stevo_football; text 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and banter away with the 606 crew too.

1836: With Wayne Rooney in the form of his life, they have been queuing up to lavish praise on the free-scoring 24-year-old. Even Mr Bayern Munich, 'Der Kaiser' himself, has been lauding the Englishman. But Rooney will know that his 33 goals so far this season will count for little unless they have titles to go with them. Bayern might publicly be saying they don't fear Rooney, but then didn't AC Milan say that before he unceremoniously dumped them out of Europe too?

1834: They have met since, of course, but that unforgettable evening in Catalonia remains the only time Manchester United have ever beaten Bayern Munich in a competitive match. Tonight, United travel to the Allianz Arena for their quarter-final first leg as hot favourites to progress. Why? Wayne Rooney, of course.

1830: On Wednesday 26 May, 1999, one of the greatest fairytale comebacks in the history of sport took place inside Barcelona's magnificent Camp Nou Stadium. With Bayern Munich on the brink of winning the Champions League, leading Manchester United 1-0, Teddy Sheringham swept home a last-gasp equaliser with the clock showing 90 minutes, 36 seconds. There was more drama to come as, astonishingly, 101 seconds later and deep into injury time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck out his Norwegian right foot to send the ball into the net. The rest, as they say, is history. Same drama again, please.

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