Bayern, Atletico Madrid reach Champions League SFs

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014
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MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich woke up against Manchester United only after falling behind.

Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored second-half goals for a 3-1 victory Wednesday night that advanced the defending champions to the Champions League semifinals for the third straight year.

"I think it was very important we scored straight after they did," Robben said after the 4-2 aggregate win. "It was crucial today. It looked like a wake-up call because the first 10 minutes of the second half were a disaster the way we played. We were so slow. We were not there, and you cannot do that in the Champions League — you will be punished."

In the night's other game, Koke's fifth-minute goal on a header off Adrian's headed pass led Atletico Madrid over visiting Barcelona 1-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win. Chelsea and Real Madrid advanced earlier in the week to the semifinal draw on Friday.

Following a 1-1 tie at Old Trafford last week in the first leg, Manchester United went ahead when Patrice Evra scored on a left-footed volley from the edge of the penalty area in the 57th minute.

Mandzukic tied the score two minutes later with a diving header off Franck Ribery's cross, beating goalkeeper David de Gea. Mueller put Bayern ahead in the 68th when he knocked in Robben's low cross, and Robben got the final goal in the 76th with a shot that deflected off a foot of defender Nemanja Vidic.

"I had no time to tell my players anything or to think what we could do after we conceded that amazing goal," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "I am very proud of my team and of this club. ... They have a big heart and reacted very well. As title holders, we have a lot of pressure."

Manchester United's elimination assures a trophy-less first season for manager David Moyes, who replaced Alex Ferguson after last season. Knocked out of the FA Cup and League Cup, United is seventh in the Premier League with five games remaining, 17 points behind first-place Liverpool.

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