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Bayern through despite losing

sports Updated: Mar 11, 2010 00:39 IST

Bayern Munich booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 to a valiant Fiorentina in a topsy-turvy encounter at the Artemio Franchi stadium.

The German side, who had won 2-1 in Munich, went through on the away goals’ rule after the aggregate scores finished 4-4.

In the end, Miroslav Klose’s controversial goal in the first leg proved decisive.

“We’ve been eliminated thanks to the collusion of referee (Tom) Ovrebo in the away leg,” complained Fiorentina president Andrea della Valle.

“It’s tough to go out after winning 3-2 even without thinking about the first leg. But Florence can be proud of the way that Fiorentina played this evening.”

Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey added: “We did everything we could, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. We’re disappointed, and then we think that with a 1-1 score in the first leg we would have qualified this evening.”

The home side went two goals up inside 54 minutes through Juan Vargas and Stevan Jovetic before Bayern captain Mark van Bommel’s strike on the hour mark began a flurry of superb goals.

Jovetic grabbed his second with a solo effort but Man-Of-The-Match Arjen Robben broke Viola hearts with a stunning 30-yard strike. After the controversial drama in Munich in the first leg, the match began tentatively with a string of misplaced passes as the sides struggled against a strong gale.

Vargas tested Hans-Jorg Butt after five minutes with an audacious 40-yard free kick but it was the German side who settled better with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben causing danger down the wings. Fiorentina, backed by a vociferous support as well as the wind in the first half, had created little until the 28th min. when Marco Marchionni picked the ball 30 yards out and instantly let fly.