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Football: Holders Bayern Munich reach Champions League semi-finals

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) celebrates with Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben after scoring a goal.

MUNICH - Holders Bayern Munich romped into the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 victory at home to Manchester United in Wednesday's quarter-final, second-leg to win 4-2 on aggregate.

Having drawn 1-1 at Old Trafford in last week's first-leg, Bayern had to come from behind after United's left-back Patrice Evra put the guests ahead with a superb second-half strike at Munich's Allianz Arena.

But Bayern equalised just 69 seconds later through a diving Mario Mandzukic header, the first of their three goals in the final half an hour.

Thomas Mueller then tapped Bayern into the lead before Arjen Robben slotted the hosts third to knock David Moyes' United out of the competition.

"I thought the players did a great job tonight, the only crime was that we let them equalise just a few seconds later," said Moyes.

"We contained them for long periods of time, but it wasn't to be."

Defensive midfielder Michael Carrick said the United squad were devastated to have thrown away the lead in Munich.

"We're bitterly disappointed to go out," said Carrick.

"We put ourselves in a great position after getting the opening goal - but the equaliser straight after was a big blow for us.

"I thought we might go on to score again, but in the end it's a defeat and one we'll have to take."

Bayern join Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Chelsea in the final four with the Bavarians eager to defend their title in the May 24 final in Lisbon.

"The first ten minutes after the break were a catastrophe for us as they took the lead," said Robben with Bayern on the verge of their fourth Champions League final in five years.

"It was important that we got the equaliser quickly, now we have just one more opponent before the Lisbon final."

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