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09/04/2014 22:00, Report by Ben Hibbs
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The Match: Reds bow out

The opposition Slick passing and dominance of possession came as standard. Bayern moved the ball well in tight spaces in attack and looked dangerous every time they went forward, particularly down the flanks with Robben and Ribery. That said, at times in the game, United looked to have got under their skin and after Evra scored it would be a test of their character. Unfortunately for United, they responded emphatically.

Sub-plot United boast the best away record in the Barclays Premier League this season and won 5-0 on the last trip to Germany (earlier this season against Bayer Leverkusen). Winning at Allianz Arena, against the current European champions, is another matter though, so this was always going to be a tough task. Evra's stunning opener gave the travelling Reds hope but it just served to awaken the beast: 20 minutes later, Bayern had scored three.

Move of the match A neat move in the 17th minute had the ball in the back of the net. Shinji Kagawa’s clever touch took him away from his man and after moving the ball out to the left, Rooney crossed to the far post where Antonio Valencia slid in to beat Neuer. But he was offside after Dante stepped up.

In the stands The orchestrated Bavarian support made for a brilliant atmosphere in this impressive, modern arena. United’s fans were up in the heavens with plenty of flags on show and in fine voice. The one moment of ecstasy, following Evra’s goal, was sadly short-lived.

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