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Tireless and deadly

Olic, the man for the vital goals in Europe

He scored the only goal of the game against Haifa, he gave FCB the lead away to Juventus, and now he’s netted the winner against Manchester United: Ivica Olic is Bayern’s Champions League ace in the hole. The Croatia striker’s goal at the death against the Premier League leaders has handed Bayern a golden opportunity of making the semi-finals in Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2001.

“I thought the one I scored in our 4-1 win against Juventus would be my most important goal,” Olic said after Tuesday’s match. “But now I’ve scored today against Manchester United in the quarter-finals, which is obviously a huge game. I’m just thrilled,” continued Bayern’s new “Mr. Europe”.

The 30-year-old gave a characteristic display full of tireless running, and also fired in the most shots at United keeper Edwin van der Sar. Olic consistently pressed the visiting defenders on the edge of their own box, disrupting their efforts to build patiently from the back. The former Hamburg man covered more than 11 kilometres during the match, more than any other player on the field, and significantly above the Munich team average.