Bayern and Lyon round out Champions League semis

8 Apr

Despite going down 3-0 in the first half, Bayern Munich was able to score two crucial away goals to advance to the Champions League semifinals.  United scored twice in the first seven minutes and it looked like it was going to be an ugly one for Bayern, especially given that Wayne Rooney started and his presence seemed to galvanize the team and the crowd.  It got even worse when Nani scored his second late in the first half.  But Bayern’s Ivica Olic came up big again and gave the away side some hope, sliding the ball past Edwin Van der Sar in the 43rd minute.  The complexion of the game changed when United defender Rafael was sent off in the 50th minute after picking up his second yellow card.  Arjen Robben’s terrific volley in the 74th minute proved to be the deciding goal that would send Bayern through.  Bayern advanced due to their away goals advantage in a 4-4 aggregate.  Bayern’s win means that there will be no English clubs in the semifinals for the first time in seven years. Yay parity!

Bordeaux claimed a 1-0 win in the second leg over Lyon, but could not notch a second goal, which would have send them through.  Instead, it’s Lyon in the semifinals after winning 3-2 on aggregate.  Bordeaux had several excellent chances to get the second goal, but Lyon goalie Hugo Lloris came up big late in the game.

Inter will host Barcelona in the first leg of their semifinal on April 20, while Bayern will play host to Lyon on April 21.  The Lyon/Bayern second leg is on April 27 and the Barca/Inter game will be on April 28.  The final is scheduled for May 22.

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