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By Caroline Cheese

2206: No English clubs in the Champions League semi-finals. It's going to be a bit weird isn't it? But no less entertaining for the neutral. After all, we've got Mourinho v Messi to look forward to. Tasty. Next up for Manchester United: a trip to Blackburn on Sunday as they look to get their Premier League title chase back on track. In the meantime, it's left to Liverpool and Fulham to carry England's European hopes in the good old Europa League. Stevo returns to the chair for that tomorrow. Bye from me.

From rosso_neri on Twitter: "Re 2153: The man on the post for the Robben goal was probably the man who was having an early bath due to his red card: Rafael."

2200: The thing is that Bayern's players really didn't need to surround the referee. I'm pretty sure the yellow card was on its way anyway - and I don't think Rafael could have much argument over either of his bookings.

2157: Someone's just texted in to demand I "call out" Fergie for being a bad loser. Seriously? That really needs saying?!

2153: I could watch that Arjen Robben strike all day - although if you're being picky, you might wonder why United didn't have a man on the post. And also, if I did have to watch it all day, I'd probably get quite bored in the end.

2149: Think we should put Fergie's "typical Germans" remark down to the heat of the moment. He must have forgotten that Franck Ribery - who led the rush to the referee - is actually French.

Ferguson on Rooney's injury: "I don't think it's serious. It's just the tissue. I'm sure he'll be OK for the following week."

Ferguson on United's performance: "I think we've done well, performed well. It was a great performance. We were very unlucky."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Rafael's sending-off: "Young boy, inexperience, but they got him sent off. They all rushed towards the referee. Typical Germans. You can't dispute that. The key issues were the goal before half-time and then the boy getting sent off, but it's still taken an exceptional goal to win the tie."

From Cookieboy2003b on Twitter: "Re 1956: I hope he hasn't torn up his betting slip."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester United's hopes of a third successive Champions League final are over - and so much damage was caused by that goal carelessly conceded to Ivica Olic just before the interval. It breathed fresh life into a Bayern team that had been swept away. Tough on United after that blistering first 40 minutes, but Arjen Robben's goal was worthy of sealing any team's passage into the semi-finals. This completes a nightmare week for Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson."

2139: No fourth semi-final in a row for Manchester United. No English side in the semis for the first time since 2003. Instead, the last four line-up looks like this: Barcelona v Inter Milan, Bayern Munich v Lyon.


2137: FULL-TIME Man Utd 3-2 Bayern Munich (agg 4-4)

2135: Lyon go through to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time and they will face Bayern Munich or Manchester United. United have one minute left to save their skins. Surely they can't...

2135: FULL-TIME Bordeaux 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-3)

2133: The fourth official holds up his board - there will be three minutes of injury time. United on the verge of going out.

2131: Franck Ribery strides forward and fires just wide - and United can finally have the ball back. So, so tense. United's attack ends with Nani shooting well wide. Nemanja Vidic is off to play up front for a bit.

2130: Three minutes of the 90 remaining at Old Trafford, plus what I imagine will only be a few minutes of injury time. Bayern just trying to play keep-ball now.

2129: So, so close, Bordeaux. Lyon keeper Hugo Loris pulls off a fine save, leaping to his left and tipping the ball away left-handed from Wendel's bullet-like header from eight yards. Stunning.

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson on BBC 5 live: "Bayern are starting to look more and more nervy, the nearer to the finish line they're getting."

2127: Bayern striker Ivica Olic takes his sweet time coming off, shaking hands with as many people as he can get away with before he is replaced by Danijel Pranjic.

2124: What a chance for Bordeaux. A corner from the left reaches right-back Ludovic Sane at the far post, and he can only head wide. He's sickened. So is coach Laurent Blanc. There might well be a late twist in France.

2123: Dimitar Berbatov comes on to replace Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs on for Darron Gibson. Ten minutes remaining.

2120: And that was Arjen Robben's last contribution. He is replaced by Hamit Altintop. What a contribution though. The way he shaped to hit that volley... it was a thing of beauty.

Bayern goal: It was coming. It was definitely coming. A corner from the left is directed straight at Arjen Robben on the edge of the box and the winger could not have hit that left-foot volley any sweeter, powering the ball past Edwin van der Sar and into the corner. Stunner - and it means United are behind on away goals.

2117: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-2 Bayern Munich (agg 4-4)

2115: Big penalty shout for Bordeaux in the Chaban-Delmas as Marouane Chamakh chests the ball up in the Lyon area and is seemingly bundled over by the slightly reckless Cris. Spanish ref Alberto Undiano Mallenco infuriates the locals by waving play on.

2114: Nani robs the absolutely hopeless Holger Badstuber and sets up Darron Gibson, but he shoots harmlessly at Hans-Jorg Butt. He should change his name to Very-Badstuber after tonight. Sorry.

2113: Twenty minutes to go now. Was that really only 10 minutes? The ball is stuck in United's half. Bastian Schweinsteiger gets a shot away but Edwin van der Sar collects easily.

2112: Mario Gomez's glancing header skims just over the bar. I can't bear the tension and I'm a neutral. I can only imagine what it's like if you're actually a fan of either of these two teams.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Old Trafford is feeling serious tension. Bayern, outplayed for so long, have had an injection of self-belief from Ivica Olic's goal and Rafael's red card. Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is pleading with them to defend higher up the pitch and even the subdued Franck Ribery is suddenly taking an interest."

2109: Chances still at a premium in France, but Bordeaux only need one goal to go through after Marouane Chamakh's first-half strike. Lyon take ineffective striker Bafetimbi Gomis off and send on talented 20-year-old Miralem Pjanic in his place. It's tense.

2108: United force another corner from the corner and Michael Carrick carelessly sidefoots over the bar. Decent chance.

2106: Pressure relieved all of a sudden as United break through Nani, the winger/striker/all-round-action-man cutting in from the left at pace. His shot is beaten away at his near post by Hans-Jorg Butt.

2105: Franck Ribery is fouled by Antonio Valencia - and is again in the referee's ear. Constant pressure by the visitors now.

From Gaz via text: "I'm getting too old for this!"

2102: The ball drops for Franck Ribery on the edge of the area and the Frenchman catches his volley perfectly, Edwin van der Sar saving the day again for Manchester United. This could be a long, long half-hour for United fans.

2100: Nani playing through the middle now for Manchester United. He'll be in goal next.

Yellow card
2057: Blimey it's all going on here. Holger Badstuber, who is having a nightmare game, sees yellow for cleaning out Antonio Valencia. Hans-Jorg Butt flaps at Darren Fletcher's free-kick and Nani picks up the ball, takes a touch and is desperately unlucky to see his shot drift over the bar. And now a substitution: Wayne Rooney's contribution is over and John O'Shea comes on.

2056: Gary Neville is not on the bench so Darren Fletcher will play at right-back. Rafael looked absolutely distraught as he left the pitch - but that first booking, for a show of petulance, has really come back to haunt him.

Red card
Man Utd red card: Most of Old Trafford holds its breath as Franck Ribery stops in his tracks after being pulled back by Rafael, who is already on a yellow card. The Bayern players surround the referee, and Nicola Rizzoli reaches slowly for his pocket before showing the Brazilian a second yellow followed by the dreaded red.

2053: RED CARD Man Utd (Rafael)

2052: Nani stops Franck Ribery in his tracks. The Portuguese winger is everywhere. He's like the new Scott Parker.

2050: Bayern have made a half-time change, with Mario Gomez replacing Thomas Muller.

2049: As they get the second half started at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson says: "We have to go for that fourth goal. We are making chances and we should continue that way. We're going to have a go at it [with Rooney] and see how it is. He's OK, it's just the stopping and starting that's causing the problems."

2047: They are under way at Stade Chaban-Delmas where Bordeaux trail Lyon 3-2 on aggregate. One more goal for Laurent Blanc's side would put them ahead on away goals.

From OmegaNothing on Twitter: "This is intense! Reminiscent of Man U v Real Madrid 2003. There's gonna be a red card in the second half I reckon."

2042: By the way, Nani's finish for his first goal was world-class. One of those that gets better the more you see it.

From PlantpotTheRed on 606: "Why did people say 'game over' at 3-0? Bayern know they only need to score two to win... getting that first one just before half time could prove very costly for United. Nerve tingling 45 minutes on the way (again). Not sure I can stand many more seasons of this!!"

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Brilliant, breathless first 45 minutes - and after almost unbroken torture Bayern Munich's fans are actually in celebratory mood as Ivica Olic's goal revives their hopes after Manchester United threatened to race away with this Champions League quarter-final. Antonio Valencia has taken the desperate Holger Badstuber to the cleaners and it would be no surprise to see Louis van Gaal put him out of his misery. Different game now though - and bizarrely Bayern ended the half with a spring in their step."

2035: BLIMEY. Enough action for you? It was all going perfectly for Manchester United, but that Bayern goal means the Germans only need one more to go through. It also means Sir Alex Ferguson has a big decision to make about Wayne Rooney.

2033: HALF-TIME Man Utd 3-1 Bayern Munich (agg 4-3)

2031: Oof. First real threat from Arjen Robben, who cuts in from the right and curls a left-footed shot towards the bottom corner which Edwin van der Sar does very well to tip around the post.

2031: HALF-TIME Bordeaux 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-3)

Bordeaux goal: Game on. Bordeaux have been improving throughout the half and they get their goal just before the break. Benoit Tremoulinas rampages into the box down the left and his cross is helped on by Jussie before that man Marouane Chamakh slides in from six yards. Moments earlier, Bordeaux captain Alou Diarra had hit the bar with a stunning 30-yard volley, so they deserve it.

Bayern goal: Interesting... Thomas Muller heads on for Ivica Olic who takes advantage of Michael Carrick's stumble to slip the ball past Edwin van der Sar from a very tight angle.

2030: GOALFLASH Bordeaux 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-3)

Man Utd goal: Terrible defending by Bayern. Rafael throws to Antonio Valencia, who nicks the ball past Holger Badstuber with embarrassing ease and fires in a low cross. It's behind Wayne Rooney but Nani is running in at the far side to sweep a magnificent finish high into the net.

2028: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-1 Bayern Munch (agg 4-3)

2026: GOALFLASH Man Utd 3-0 Bayern Munich (agg 4-2)

2024: Real danger for United here. Bayern break quickly and Thomas Muller ignored the run of Arjen Robben to his right, and instead finds Ivica Olic to his left. Edwin van der Sar saves bravely at his feet, with Nani completing the clearance.

2023: After 38 minutes, Bayern have had one shot - off target. Manchester United have managed eight, two of them (and I think you know the two I mean) on target.

2022: Nasty. Daniel van Buyten aims a kick squarely at Wayne Rooney's dodgy ankle. The Bayern midfielder escapes a booking - but not Fergie's wrath.

2020: Bayern fail to cut out Darron Gibson's first-time forward pass and Rafael is scampering clear, cutting in from the right. Surely he'll square for Wayne Rooney? No... he'll drag a shot wide of the far post. Rooney fumes.

2018: Bordeaux on top against Lyon, but still they trail 3-1 from the first leg. Jaroslav Plasil shoots over.

2014: All of a sudden, Antonio Valencia escapes down the right from Darren Fletcher's sweeping pass but the winger's touch is a little heavy and Bastian Schweinsteiger slides in with a well-timed tackle. Wayne Rooney comes to the touchline to give Mike Phelan a progress report. He seems to be moving a bit better now.

Yellow card
2013: Mark van Bommel picks up a yellow card for catching Darren Fletcher late. That'll rule him out of Bayern's next game in the Champions League, whenever that should be.

2011: Bayern string together some passes around the United penalty area, working the ball to Bastian Schweinsteiger about 25 yards out. He doesn't quite catch the shot though, and it deflects off a defender and is picked up Nani.

2008: Rooney is continuing after landing awkwardly. All eyes on the England striker, who isn't running at full pace at the moment. Federico Macheda and Dimitar Berbatov are warming up.

2007: GAH! Wayne Rooney is hobbling...

Yellow card
2004: Rafael is booked for a bit of petulance after being fouled by Mark Van Bommel.

2002: Wayne Rooney tries to make something out of very little as a corner suddenly bounces into his path, but his improvised diving header goes well over. At Bordeaux, Wendel sends over an inswinging free-kick and Yoann Gourcuff gets there before Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris but heads over. Frustration for Laurent Blanc's side, still 3-1 down.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Bayern Munich are in a daze. Manchester United have flown at them with the urgency Sir Alex Ferguson demanded and more besides - but two goals inside the first seven minutes was probably beyond even his planned script. Brilliant work by Antonio Valencia and Nani for the second and goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt is typifying the panic stations at the back for Bayern."

From David Healy is better than Messi on 606: "Almost a complete opposite performance from Saturday, passion, flair and urgency! Why do we need Rooney on the field to bring this out?"

1957: A nervy Hans-Jorg Butt clears the ball straight to Michael Carrick. The midfielder is closed down quite quickly though and drags his shot wide. Let-off for Bayern.

1956: By contrast, it's a quiet start in the Chaban-Delmas which Lyon's Michel Bastos tries to enliven by hammering a 35-yard free-kick a couple of yards wide. He hit it like he meant it, too - touch of the Roberto Carlos's there. Visitors still in charge of the tie.

From BBC Radio 1's Andy May at Old Trafford: "A bloke sitting next to me in the press box has just thrown his betting slip on the floor. He's from Munich and he had £10 on a Bayern win. Oh dear."

From perchingkeithy on Twitter: "Roma all over again? Surely not??"

Man Utd goal: Antonio Valencia picks up the ball on the right and twists this way and that before crossing low to meet Nani's run, the Portuguese winger finishing with an impudent flick off the inside of his right boot. Incredible start. Bayern are reeling. Their defence stood still as that goal went in.

1952: GOALFLASH Man Utd 2-0 Bayern Munich (agg 3-2)

Man Utd goal: Exactly the start they wanted... Wayne Rooney's first contribution of note is a lovely flicked pass for Darron Gibson who runs on and smacks a right-footed shot from the edge of the box, which Hans-Jorg Butt looks like he ought to save but doesn't. Old Trafford erupts.

1948: GOALFLASH Man Utd 1-0 Bayern Munich (agg 2-2)

1946: Just had a first close-up of Wayne Rooney's ankle. It looks... ankle-like. Super-fast start at Old Trafford, players flying into tackles and plenty of ball-giving-away.

1945: AWAY WE GO.

From Emmy P in Nigeria via text: "Can Rooney do a Messi for us?"

1941: Loving the fact that Fergie actually used the word "gymnasium" just then. Anyway, out come the teams to a thunderous roar at Old Trafford. Players are out at Bordeaux too where they're greeted by a Gallic shrug. No, no, not really, cracking atmos there too.

Sir Alex Ferguson on the inclusion of Wayne Rooney: "It wasn't a serious injury and obviously he wasn't fit for Saturday but the progress in the last two days has been incredible. Yesterday afternoon, he did some real good training. I made my mind up after I saw him yesterday. He's not done a lot of training but we hope the work he's done in the gymnasium compensates. There's no risk as it was a soft tissue injury, not ligament damage. He can play without worry of a recurrence."

1937: Manchester United have only once come back from a defeat in the first leg to win a Champions League tie (although that was a 7-1 demolition of Roma, to be fair). Bayern Munich haven't lost at Old Trafford in three visits. Just saying, like.

From Lawrence in Ipswich, via text: "Ferguson is making the same mistake with Rooney as Wenger already has with Fabregas. This could cost United in the long run big time."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Wayne Rooney's name gets a huge ovation as it is announced at Old Trafford that he starts tonight. The temperature is turned up instantly. Manchester United are always at their best when they play at a high tempo and Sir Alex Ferguson's team suggests that is exactly what we will get with Nani and Antonio Valencia on the flanks and Rafael replacing Gary Neville at right-back. Ferguson will hope this attacking approach will counter the twin threat of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for Bayern Munich - but what a threat that is."

1926: Will Wayne Rooney come through tonight's match unscathed? That's the $64m question with only 64 days until the World Cup starts, which VERY CLUMSILY brings me to... BBC Sport's World Cup Photo Album. If you've been snapped with a player likely to be going to the finals in South Africa email it to us at Please check the BBC terms and conditions first.

1924: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Bayern Munich (agg 1-2)
As well as Wayne Rooney's shock return from injury to replace Dimitar Berbatov up front, Manchester United make four other changes from the side that lost to Chelsea on Saturday. Rafael is preferred to Gary Neville at right-back, and Darron Gibson, Michael Carrick and Nani come into midfield instead of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ji-Sung Park. Bayern Munich's former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben starts after recovering from a calf problem and Bastian Schweinsteiger also returns, with Hamit Altintop and Danijel Pranjic dropping to the bench for the German side.

More from Raphael Honigstein: "The Schalke game (at the weekend) was a very big win for Bayern, not only because they took back the number one spot in the Bundesliga but because of the way it was achieved. They spent 50 minutes with 10 men and they defended so well that Schalke didn't have a single chance in the second half."

German football journalist Raphael Honigstein on BBC 5 live: "Schweinsteiger is essential to Bayern's game. Since Louis van Gaal came in, he's been by far their best player apart from Robben. He and Van Bommel boss the game from midfield. He doesn't do anything spectacular but he keeps the ball very well and winds down the opposition."

From psadasivuni on Twitter: "No mention about Schweinsteiger The man could be making all the difference tonight."

1916: TEAM NEWS Bordeaux v Lyon (agg 1-3)
Bordeaux make three changes from their 3-1 first leg defeat in Lyon with defender Marc Planus, midfielder Alou Diarra and striker Jussie all included by manager Laurent Blanc. Lyon show four alterations, with centre-back Jean-Alain Boumsong, midfielders Maxime Gonalons and Kim Kallstrom and striker Bafetimbi Gomis involved. Two-goal first leg hero Lisandro Lopez is banned.

1915: TEAMS Bordeaux v Lyon
Bordeaux: Carrasso, Sane, Ciani, Planus, Tremoulinas, Plasil, Diarra, Jussie, Gourcuff, Wendell, Chamakh. Subs: Rame, Henrique, Gouffran, Cavenaghi, Bellion, Chalme, Traore.
Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Boumsong, Cissokho, Toulalan, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Michel Bastos, Gomis, Delgado. Subs: Vercoutre, Bodmer, Pjanic, Ederson, Tafer, Gassama, Belfodil.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

1913: TEAMS Man Utd v Bayern Munich
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Gibson, Valencia, Rooney, Nani. Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Scholes, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Macheda.
Bayern Munich: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Robben, Van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Olic, Muller. Subs: Rensing, Altintop, Klose, Pranjic, Contento, Gomez, Tymoschuk.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

BBC Radio 5 live
Mark Lawrenson on BBC 5 live: "It's a big promotion for Darron Gibson. We know he can get a goal - and I would suggest that's exactly what he's in the team for. He can strike them, there's no doubt about that."

From Simon via text: "The whole Rooney situation is either a masterstroke or a massive error. Is his injury as prescribed or less serious? Could he have made the bench for Chelsea? I think Fergie exaggerated it to spring a surprise. We shall see..."

1907: It's probably worth reminding ourselves of Bayern boss Louis van Gaal's remarks yesterday. "We have already beaten Manchester United with Wayne Rooney anyway, so it does not matter to us whether he plays or not. And anyway we don't have to win the game, we only need a draw. But United are still the favourites to go through."

From Tom, Hull via text: "If Berbatov has any emotions, he's probably pretty furious tonight."

From Alexlawson8 on Twitter: "Fergie letting his heart rule his head. I just hope Wayne is fit enough and doesn't aggravate that ankle tonight. 2-0."

1858: England coach Fabio Capello is at Old Trafford tonight - holding his breath, probably. Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has picked Arjen Robben in his starting XI, by the way.

From bluebellnutter on Twitter: "Forget Rooney, I think the Gibson selection is the real surprise. That's a gamble, but could be a blinding pick."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "So Wayne 'No Chance' Rooney starts, when it appeared his best hope was pestering Sir Alex Ferguson into a place on the bench. Huge boost for Manchester United, providing he is fully fit, but as the extremely confident Louis van Gaal was swift to point out last night, Bayern Munich beat United with Rooney last week. Ferguson says in his match notes that United 'will need urgency, but we must not panic.' Rooney is urgency personified, but no place for Dimitar Berbatov."

1851: Gary Neville may be as quick as Franck Ribery but we won't get a chance to judge for ourselves tonight. He's been dumped for Rafael. Here's the starting XI: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Rooney, Vidic, Carrick, Nani, Rafael, Fletcher, Valencia, Gibson.

1847: The rest of the team news will be with you soon, I'd imagine. Unlike the first leg, it seems likely that United will have to deal with the twin threat they call Robbery. Arjen Robben has declared himself fit, so is expected to start on the opposite wing to Franck Ribery. Ribery, in many people's eyes, gave his very own doppelganger Gary Neville a bit of a runaround last week, but Sir Alex gave 35-year-old Neville a boost yesterday by claiming Ribery is "a very talented player, a great dribbler of the ball, but he's not as quick ... or I don't think he's any quicker than Gary Neville."

1842: I really had to resist the temptation to put several exclamation marks on the end of that last entry. Yes, BBC 5 live's Mike Ingham reports that Wayne Rooney is in the starting line-up for Manchester United, that despite Sir Alex Ferguson giving the England striker "no chance" of starting. Crikey.

1840: BREAKING TEAM NEWS Wayne Rooney starts

1839: Onwards. Manchester United warmed up for this evening's Champions League quarter-final second leg by losing top spot in the Premier League to Chelsea. Bayern Munich went back to the top of the Bundesliga with a win over their title rivals Schalke. A stuttering Bordeaux, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to AS Nancy-Lorraine (a club which should always be referred to by its full name, by the way) and were thus toppled in Ligue Un by… Lyon. Obviously.

1834: Before we go on, a final word on last night: Lionel Messi the best player in the world? Let's stop calling it a debate, it's quite clearly a fact. And in case you missed it: Xavi misplaced 15 of his 244 passes over the two legs against Arsenal with an accuracy of 93.9% (via optajoe ).

1830: Not since 2003 has England not had a representative in the Champions League semi-finals. Heavens, there's been at least one English side in every final since 2004. No pressure then, but it's all down to you, Manchester United.

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