Inter script Munich disaster
Holders Inter Milan stunned Bayern Munich with an 88th-minute goal from Goran Pandev to win 3-2 on Tuesday to scrape through to the Champions League quarter-finals on the away goals rule.sports Updated: Mar 17, 2011 00:58 IST
Holders Inter Milan stunned Bayern Munich with an 88th-minute goal from Goran Pandev to win 3-2 on Tuesday to scrape through to the Champions League quarter-finals on the away goals rule.
Inter, who also beat Bayern in last year's final, got off to a dream start with a goal from Samuel Eto'o on four minutes, cancelling out the German team's 1-0 win in Italy in the first leg last month.
The Bavarians levelled through Mario Gomez and took a well-deserved lead thanks to Thomas Mueller on 31 minutes before missing several good chances.
Inter equalised through Dutchman Wesley Sneijder just past the hour and grabbed the winner through Pandev who fired in left-footed from just inside the box with two minutes to go.
Earlier, the holders went ahead when Eto'o narrowly beat the offside trap to slot his eighth goal of this season's competition.Inter then started to concede too much space in midfield and Gomez also struck his eighth Champions League goal of the season after a terrible mistake by goalkeeper Julio Cesar who spilled a straight-forward shot at the striker's feet.
The home team were on target again in the 31st minute when Mueller took advantage of a blunder from Inter defender Thiago Motta.
Bayern missed two good chances before halftime when Franck Ribery's chip went wide and Gomez's effort rolled agonisingly along the line before Andrea Ranocchia cleared off the post.
Sneijder levelled for the Italians with a fierce drive into the bottom corner of the net in the 63rd minute, setting the stage for Pandev to steal the late glory after an entertaining end-to-end match.
Hernandez double in united victory
Manchester: Javier Hernandez struck twice to lift Manchester United to a nervous 2-1 win over Olympique Marseille on Tuesday and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth year in a row. The Mexican striker scored from close range after five minutes and he latched on to a Ryan Giggs pass to double the lead 15 minutes from time.
United defender Wes Brown headed an own goal with eight minutes left to ensure a nervy finale but the Premier League leaders survived to advance 2-1 on aggregate. United manager Alex Ferguson bemoaned the loss of defenders John O'Shea and Rafael da Silva to hamstring injuries during the match following the withdrawal of his captain Nemanja Vidic before kickoff. "It was nervy in as much as we lost two defenders in the game which upset our balance," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "The problem for us was their height and they were always a threat at set pieces." United striker Wayne Rooney said his team had deserved to go through. "We knew they were a big team but I think we deserved it in the end."Rooney said.United, under pressure not to concede following a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Marseille, started strongly and were rewarded when Rooney's pinpoint cross found Hernandez who turned the ball into an empty net.
Missing Vidic and Rio ferdinand, United coped comfortably with Marseille's attack and Rooney and Hernandez enjoyed plenty of possession without creating many clear chances.