Guardiola ruffled by Bayern-Man U draw

HEAD START: Manchester United's Vidic scoring the opener against Bayern Munich during the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford. Tuesday's game ended 1-1, with Bayern coach Guardiola expressing his frustration with the referee.


    Apr 03, 2014

    Guardiola ruffled by Bayern-Man U draw


    BAYERN Munich coach Pep Guardiola showed flashes of frustration after the defending champions were held 1-1 at Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's opener in Tuesday's game to put Bayern in control of the tie, but the Bayern midfielder was then sent off, ruling him out of next week's return leg.

    Schweinsteiger was shown a second yellow card in the final minute for sliding in on Wayne Rooney and Guardiola reacted by appearing to make a "dive" gesture at the United forward.

    Centre-back Javi Martinez will also miss the second leg on Wednesday after being booked for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Guardiola later expressed dissatisfaction with Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.

    "I spoke with the referee, and he knows my opinion," Guardiola said. "He gave me his opinion and a huge hug, and said: 'Have a safe trip to Spain'."

    Asked if he had not agreed with his countryman's decision to dismiss Schweinsteiger, he replied: "Absolutely not.

    "I spoke with the referee. I think he's a very good referee. He made a very, very good game. But it's unfair.

    "But it's OK. To win the Champions League, you have to overcome everything."

    United manager David Moyes said that the performance proved that his side could compete with Bayern at the Allianz Arena next week.

    Asked if Bayern now had a fight on their hands, Moyes replied: "I believe they had a fight on their hands before the first leg as well.

    "Hopefully tonight (Tuesday) shows we'll be there, we'll go toe to toe with them, and we'll try and come out on top.

    "It's a tough tie, but we all believe that we've got a great chance in the competition."