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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bayern draws first blood

Rooney hurt as Olic strikes late to sink United

LONDON (AP) Bayern Munich showed Manchester United what it's like to lose a crucial Champions League match in injury time with a 2-1 victory Tuesday, while Lyon beat Bordeaux 3-1 in another quarterfinal match.

United, which scored twice in added time to shock Bayern 2-1 in the 1999 final, had not long conceded a 77th-minute equalizer to France winger Franck Ribery when Ivica Olic dispossessed Patrice Evra in the United area and shot low into the bottom corner.

And United's bad night got worse seconds later when star striker Wayne Rooney, who had opened the scoring with his 34th club goal of the season, was helped from the field with an ankle injury that could threaten his involvement in next week's second-leg match.

"He's got a kick in the ankle," United manager Alex Ferguson said of Rooney. "We'll just have to wait and see tomorrow. Hopefully it's not too serious."

Ferguson said Rooney could sit out Saturday's crucial Premier League meeting with Chelsea, which trails the defending English champion by just one point with six games remaining.

But it was not a lack of cutting edge that cost United victory on Tuesday at Allianz Arena.

"Bayern were the better team; we can't complain about that," Ferguson said. "But we're better than that in possession. We kept giving it away and it causes your own downfall."

United appeared to be cruising after Rooney's 11th goal in nine matches, but Ribery equalized with a free kick that deflected off Rooney and beat goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

United was trying to keep possession for the closing moments and hold on for a draw but Olic ran from behind Evra to steal the ball and feint to beat Van der Sar with a side-footed shot.

Lyon secured victory over Bordeaux through two goals from Lisandro Lopez, a string of saves by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defensive blunders from its French rival.

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