Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dream Goal rescues BayernÃ¢â‚¬Â
Sportbild describes how Ã¢â‚¬Å“will, morality and Arjen RobbenÃ¢â‚¬Â triumphed to send Bayern Munich into the semi-finals, where they will face Lyons. The articles describes the night’s events as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“little footballing miracleÃ¢â‚¬Â conjured by a Ã¢â‚¬Å“stroke of geniusÃ¢â‚¬Â from Franck RibÃƒÂ©ry.
They were Ã¢â‚¬Å“slyÃ¢â‚¬Â mind games from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, it continues, after he named Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up. Falling 3-0 behind, the Germans endured Ã¢â‚¬Å“quite a sleepyÃ¢â‚¬Â 40 minutes before coming to life.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“turbo dribblingÃ¢â‚¬Â Arjen Robben scored the crucial goal that sealed the match, capping a Ã¢â‚¬Å“magical eveningÃ¢â‚¬Â that had begun with disaster.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Robben shoots Bayern into semisÃ¢â‚¬Â
Kicker labels this Bayern performance as “their greatest” in Europe since they last won the trophy in 2001. It is suggested that the naming of Rooney up front Ã¢â‚¬Å“paralyzedÃ¢â‚¬Â the Bundesliga leaders and left them looking like Ã¢â‚¬Å“extras in a bad movieÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The critical take on BayernÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first half performance continues with poor man-marking and an inaccurate passing game just two flaws in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“lengthy list of shortcomingsÃ¢â‚¬Â. The turning points are cited as Rafael’s sending off and RobbenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“superbÃ¢â‚¬Â goal which secured their passage.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bayern reach Champions League semisÃ¢â‚¬Â
Raphael Honigstein says Arjen Robben is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a man for the big momentsÃ¢â‚¬Â. Honigstein, in his piece for Der Tagesspiegel, equates the early 2-0 deficit at the Theatre of Dreams to the resounding defeat Bayern suffered at the hands of Barcelona last season. Thus, with dark memories coming to light, it seemed the Germans might crumble at the hands of the English champions.
At 3-0 Bayern seemed Ã¢â‚¬Å“resignedÃ¢â‚¬Â to defeat until Olic rescued the Bundesliga leaders once again. His late first half strike initiated the beginning of Ã¢â‚¬Å“a new gameÃ¢â‚¬Â. The Bavarians began to “believe in their own strength”, eventually leading to RobbenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spectacular winner.
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