Munich - FC Bayern München huffed and puffed for an hour or so against Manchester United in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday, before shifting up through the gears and overwhelming their visitors.

The 3-1 victory means the Bavarians are once again in the last four of Europe's premier club competition. rounds up what the international press made of the encounter...

United Kingdom

Daily Mirror:

David Moyes accused his Manchester United players of “schoolboy” defending as they were dumped out of the Champions League.

The Red Devils went ahead with a thunderbolt strike from Patrice Evra - but conceded a Mario Mandzukic equaliser 22 seconds after the restart. Additional goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben saw United exit the tournament meekly, with boss Moyes admitting it may be a while before United grace the Champions League again.

He said: “When you’re a schoolboy you’re told not to concede right away and we conceded too quickly.

The Guardian:

Bayern certainly showed their competitive courage once Patrice Evra had opened the scoring with that cannonball of a shot in the 57th minute but there was still the unmistakable sense, looking back at the way the game immediately swung back in favour of Pep Guardiola's side, that United played a considerable part in their own downfall. This was not Bayern at their formidable best, or even particularly close, but David Moyes's team sagged when they needed authority.

A more accomplished side would have been buoyed by the wonder of Evra's goal and braced for the response. A team of Bayern's stature always respond and these were the moments when it needed Moyes's players to stand up to that challenge.

Belfast Telegraph:

It could be a very long journey back into the Champions League for Manchester United after tonight, and a last glance over their shoulder at the unstoppable football machine that resides in the Allianz Arena will tell them how far they have to come.

Bayern Munich are one of the greatest teams of the modern era, they might end up being the greatest team of the modern era, but either way they were far too good for David Moyes’ team. United kept the lion at bay for a while, they even took the lead through Patrice Evra’s remarkable goal before the hour, but when the true might of Bayern was unleashed upon them, they had no response.


Gazzetta dello Sport:

The defending champions needed just 17 minutes to demolish the English side and reach the semi-finals. Pep Guardiola is not going to be able to choose, but the Catalan - convinced of his roots and politically active - is either going to be sent to Madrid, be it to face Atletico or his eternal antagonists Real, or it's going to be [Chelsea’s Jose] Mourinho, the great provoker who is not particularly one of his best friends. In the meantime, Bayern will enjoy their chance of reaching the final for the fourth time in five years, and as the favourites, especially if they are capable of winning a game like this one. As soon as Evra put United in front, the European champions showed that they are not only all about possession and elegance, but that they can also be poisonous, powerful and cruel.


Bleacher Report:

Bayern Munich survived a second-half scare to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, coming from behind to defeat Manchester United 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern dominated possession but found themselves behind thanks to Patrice Evra's stunning second-half goal. The German champions then turned the game around quickly, equalising within moments via Mario Mandzukic before winning it with goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.



Bayern Munich laboured to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Manchester United 3-1. As in the first leg, the Bavarians went behind to the English side after an extraordinary Patrice Evra half-volley. But the hosts responded very quickly, with Mandzukic, Müller and finally Robben finding the target.



"We have only one goal. We want to be in the final on 24 May in Lisbon," said Arjen Robben after the triumph against Manchester United. With an assist and a goal, Robben was again decisive for Bayern, who had drawn 1-1 in Manchester last week.

"But we can still do better," said the Dutch international in reference to Bayern's disappointing first half. "We'll have to be better in the semi-finals. Therefore, we need to use the upcoming games to get in shape."