Bayern Munich survived a second-half scare to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, coming from behind to defeat Manchester United 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern dominated possession and outshot United 25-6, per WhoScored.com, but found themselves behind thanks to Patrice Evra's stunning second-half goal. The German champions then turned the game around quickly, equalising within moments via Mario Mandzukic before winning it with goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.
The two-legged quarter-final tie ended 4-2 in Bayern's favour following last week's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Bayern will discover their semi-final opponent in Friday's draw. The other three semi-finalists are Chelsea, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The victory is just the latest in what is already turning into another record-setting season for Bayern. Last term, the Bavarians won a historic treble of the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League under Jupp Heynckes, and the current campaign, under first-year manager Pep Guardiola, could be just as fruitful.
Already crowned German champions in record time, Bayern have now reached the semi-finals of both the German Cup and Champions League.
With just a few more victories in both competitions, Bayern would win a second straight treble and become the first team in the Champions League era to retain their title.
Manchester United, meanwhile, will finish without a trophy in their first season under David Moyes. After replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, Moyes has largely struggled throughout the campaign, with United currently seventh in the Premier League and out of the FA Cup.
As expected, Bayern quickly settled into their possession-based passing attack as United defended in numbers in their own half. But the visitors also created chances of their own, with Antonio Valencia having a goal ruled out for offside in the 17th minute.
United's chances were sporadic, though, as Bayern dominated possession and peppered the visitors' goal with shots. In the 21st minute, Mario Gotze cut through United's defence on the left and laid off for Franck Ribery, who then attempted to pick out Muller in the middle. Before the ball reached Muller, Evra swept in and cleared, though Ribery had already been ruled offside.
Ribery came close again in the 27th minute, bouncing a shot into the side netting from distance. Robben carved out another chance in the 44th minute, cutting in from the right to set up his favoured left foot, but the Dutchman's shot was blocked.
With the score still level at half-time, the game exploded early in the second half.
Manchester United took the lead in the 57th minute after Valencia burst down the right and curled a cross into the box. Evra met the pass at the corner of the box and powered an unstoppable first-touch half-volley into the top corner for a 1-0 lead.
United were buoyant, but the lead didn't last long. Less than two minutes later, Bayern were level again.
Gotze started the move, laying off for Ribery on the left. The Frenchman crossed into the middle for Mandzukic, who nodded past David De Gea to make it 1-1.
Both sides had further chances in the following minutes. Ribery came close in the 60th minute, missing to the left, and Wayne Rooney shot off target one minute later after a fine team move by United inside Bayern's box.
Bayern then went ahead in the 68th minute. Robben was the catalyst, collecting the ball on the right before picking out Muller in the middle with a low cross. Holding off his marker, Muller redirected the ball past De Gea with his first touch to put Bayern ahead 2-1.
The situation almost became worse for United in the 70th minute after Evra pulled down Robben as the Bayern man tried to race free on goal. The hosts wanted a red card, but the referee only showed yellow.
It was only a brief reprieve, though, as Bayern made it 3-1 in the 76th minute. Robben was the scorer this time, cutting in from the right to set up his left foot with a shot that deflected off Nemanja Vidic and into the net.
The third goal killed off United's resistance, and with the final whistle, Bayern advanced to their third straight Champions League semi-final.
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Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller said his side deserved to progress to the semi-finals.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola hailed Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and reserved praise for Manchester United.
Manchester United manager David Moyes said his focus will now turn toward making sure United return to the Champions League.
The Red Devils are currently outside the Premier League's top four and thus would not qualify for next season's competition.
Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Manchester United are off until April 20 when they visit Everton in the Premier League.
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