|(Champions League) Bayern keep record intact
English football club Manchester United confounded grim pre-game predictions by drawing 1-1 with Germany’s Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal in England. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Pictured) equalized for the title holders before being sent off, AP reports.
United who are floundering in the English Premier League, have delivered better performances in Europe this season and stunned Bayern by taking the lead against the run of play through Nemanja Vidic's header in the 58th minute.
Bayern had dominated possession but struggled to create a clear-cut chance before Schweinsteiger arrowed a half-volley high into the net in the 67th to give the German side a slight advantage ahead of the second leg in Munich next week.
Schweinsteiger blotted his performance by picking up a second yellow card in the 90th minute for a foul on Wayne Rooney and will miss the return match along with fellow midfielder Javi Martinez, who will also be suspended for an accumulation of bookings.
United are languishing in seventh place in the English Premier League under Scottish manager David Moyes.
Defending stoutly _ with Vidic and right back Phil Jones particularly impressive _ United had 174 passes in the game compared with Bayern's 701 but actually created the better of the chances. Danny Welbeck will rue the moment he was sent clean through in the 40th, capitalizing on Jerome Boateng's defensive mistake, but fluffed a chip into the goalkeeper's arms rather than going for a truer strike.
Bayern played the prettier football, as expected, but United goalkeeper David de Gea barely had a shot to save before or after Schweinsteiger's sweetly struck effort from Mario Mandzukic's nod-down.
The night's other quarterfinal first leg also finished 1-1, with Barcelona coming from a goal down to draw at home to Atletico Madrid.
It was Bayern's attack vs. United's defense, and United's defense will feel it won the battle.