Munich - Tuesday evening saw the first of this season's eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München came away from Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United FC. rounds up international press reaction to FC Bayern's first-leg stalemate, which just about puts them in the driving seat ahead of next week's return fixture...

United Kingdom

"Determined Man United hold Bayern"
...but Bastian Schweinsteiger's away goal gave the reigning champions the advantage ahead of the return leg in Munich next Wednesday.

United looked like they might put recent Premier League struggles at home behind them when captain Nemanja Vidic was left unmarked to head in Wayne Rooney's corner just before the hour.

The holders, who had dominated possession without creating too many clear-cut chances, responded swiftly and were level nine minutes later when Schweinsteiger turned in a header from substitute Mario Mandzukic to give Pep Guardiola's side that crucial strike to take back to the Allianz Arena.

The Guardian

“Manchester United make their point despite Bayern Munich fightback”
For a short while an eccentric season for Manchester United featuring seven home defeats and more ignominy than David Moyes will want to remember was shaping up for a result that might have shifted the entire mood of the club. They had given everything, against superior opponents, and for eight minutes they led and Old Trafford, once again, felt like a happy place.

Moyes will just wish his players could have done a better job of protecting their lead before Bayern Munich finally bared their teeth. Instead, Bastian Schweinsteiger's equaliser leaves the European champions in a position of strength going into the return leg. Yet not, perhaps, the position many people might have anticipated bearing in mind the ordeals United have suffered on this ground.


Irish Independent
“Vidic strike gives Reds renewed confidence”
They came fearing a rout, a Champions League quarter-final humbling to cast Manchester United into European oblivion, but as Bayern Munich's players trudged off the pitch shaking their heads, Old Trafford was filled with renewed belief.

Bastian Schweinsteiger's 66th-minute goal, which cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's headed opener eight minutes earlier, ensured that the European champions denied United the victory which would have lifted the roof of the old stadium.

But, in a season of trauma at Old Trafford, David Moyes' players summoned the spirit of United teams of old to test the jaw of the supposed undisputed champions of the world.


Sport Bild
“Schweinsteiger scores, then departs”
Just as expected, the Bavarians started with pace and showed their normal dominance in their third quarter-final match-up against Manchester United. Even with nearly 80 per cent possession and good link-up play, Bayern didn't produced many goalscoring opportunities for vast parts of the game. Neither Franck Ribery (in his 50th Champions League match), nor Arjen Robben were able to dismantle the compact defence from the wings. Despite being a goal down, the Bayern players remained cool, calm and collected as Schweinsteiger scored with a vengeance after Mario Mandzukic laid the ball off to him.

Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Dreams should be allowed”
After being deprived of success at home in recent weeks, the match showed signs of hope for the home crowd as Manchester United parked the bus for a draw. In front of over 70,000 fans, who don’t usually celebrate a draw, United can live with the result against the Goliath that is Bayern.

United States

“Guardiola ruffled as United frustrate Bayern”
Under-performing Manchester United produced a vastly improved display to hold defending champions Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw in the home leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's opener, but was then sent off in the dying stages to give United extra hope ahead of next week's return leg in Munich.

With Bayern having already successfully defended their Bundesliga title and United floundering domestically, the English champions were given little chance of success in the first leg, but they turned in a laudably dogged performance on a night that stirred old passions at Old Trafford.

South Africa

“Schweini hero and villain as Bayern draw”
Manchester United and Bayern Munich battled to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday as the visitors finished with 10 men after goal scorer Bastian Schweinsteiger was sent off.

Schweinsteiger, who fired home the equaliser for the European champions in the 66th minute, was dismissed in the 90th for collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Wayne Rooney, who the Germany midfielder felt had dived.


Gazzetta dello Sport
”Vidic gives Man United hope, but then Bayern wake up: 1-1”
United keep their pride intact. At home, the Red Devils hold Pep Guardiola's Bayern to a 1-1 draw, playing on a par with the Bavarian favourites, even taking the lead, thanks to a great header from future Inter Milan defender Vidic, before being pegged back by a team goal, finished off by Schweinsteiger. Before the match, Ryan Giggs' words were clear. "We're United, we should not fear anybody," was his response to the question who he regarded as favourites.


“Manchester United saves what can be saved”
David Moyes sulked at the final whistle, but frankly, one could imagine he was relieved. Even though everyone had expected that Bayern would clearly dominate at Old Trafford, the Red Devils were able to stand up to the European champions with a draw and preserve their chances of qualifying in the return leg at the Allianz Arena. This result basically satisfies everybody: United are not dead and buried and Bayern will have a slight advantage due to the away goal scored by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Still, the Bavarians might have hoped for more.

"United resist Bayern's siege and rescue a draw"
The Bavarians took a 1-1 draw from a confusing tie in Old Trafford. The away goal is a clear advantage for Guardiola's team, but it is possible that the English are happier with the result than the Germans, as United, who weren't hoping for much, are still alive and kicking. One had the impression that if Bayern wanted to, they could have won it."