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Robben fires FCB into the last four

Bayern lost for the first time at Old Trafford, falling 3-2 in an engrossing Champions League quarter-final return away to Manchester United on Wednesday, but still progressed to the semi-finals for the first time since 2001 on away goals after the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate.

The 74,482 crowd at Old Trafford saw Munich get off to a nightmare start, Darron Gibson and Nani firing United into an aggregate lead with just seven minutes on the clock. With the interval approaching, Nani added the third goal that the home side’s superiority frankly deserved, but Ivica Olic handed Bayern a lifeline when he pulled one back on the stroke of half-time.

United were reduced to ten men five minutes after the restart when Rafael was sent off for a second yellow card, but the tie remained finely balanced for a long spell. Arjen Robben swung the balance Bayern’s way with a peach of a goal fifteen minutes from the end, and FCB held on to seal a famous two-legged victory.