World football had been a bi-polar world for the past few years with Real Madrid and Barcelona dominating matters in the press and on the pitch. But north of the Spanish border in Bavaria, Germany the fallen superpower re-emerged. Following their hapless Champions League defeat to Inter Milan in 2009, the Munich side has been on the constant rise. Such has been their dominance that they’ve already sealed the deal in Germany with their title win in a record-breaking manner that they chase the historic treble they achieved last season. Standing in their way was a stubborn Manchester United side.
Having already won the Bundesliga and already booked a berth in the German Cup semi-finals, Pep Guardiola looked to seal the semi-final spot in Europe’s elite competition too as he tries to match his predecessor Jupp Heynckes’ treble winning side. The first leg didn’t go according to plan as Bayern were held to a 1-1 draw, but having the home advantage for the second leg always was going to favour the German side.
After a very quiet first half that saw very few notable chances barring a disallowed goal from Antonio Valencia for off-side; the second broke into life after United got the opener. 57 minutes on the clock and Manchester United’s flying-winger Antonio Valenica burst down the right flank to pick out Patrice Evra on the far post. The Frenchman struck a crisp left-footed half volley past a helpless Manuel Neuer.
Bayern’s reply was swift and accurate. Within 2 minutes of conceding the reigning European Champs came up with their equaliser. Mario Gotze set up Franck Ribery down the left wing for the Frenchman to pick out Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the middle with an accurate cross. Mandzukic comfortably nodded past David De Gea as he levelled the score on the night and on aggregate.
Bayern went ahead just past the hour mark when Arjen Robben collecting the ball on the right picked out Thomas Muller in the middle with a low cross. Shrugging off his marker, Muller shot past De Gea with minimum fuss to put Bayern ahead 2-1 with 68 minutes on the clock.
Couple of minutes later, matters could’ve gotten a whole lot worse for Moyes’ men as Evra impeded Robben from marauding down the right flank. The Frenchman got away with only a yellow despite all the Germans at the Allianz Arena expecting him to be sent off.
However in the 76th minute, all of United’s resistance was put to bed, when Robben, who was having quite a wonderful evening cut in from the right to fire a low shot into United’s goal. The shot did take a deflection of United skipper Nemanja Vidic but it was on target anyway.
Bayern proved it to all their critics that they are truly the superpower in Europe to be reckoned with. As they storm into the semis, another treble doesn’t look unreal.