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Double joy in Manchester

Published: Wednesday 13 March 2002, 23.59CET
A 0-0 draw ensured that Manchester United FC and FC Bayern München both progressed on Wednesday.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedBayern

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 13 March 2002, 23.59CET

Double joy in Manchester

A 0-0 draw ensured that Manchester United FC and FC Bayern München both progressed on Wednesday.

Manchester United FC 0-0 FC Bayern München
A 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday ensured that both Manchester United FC and FC Bayern München will progress to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Mathematical certainty
With FC Nantes Atlantique and Boavista FC drawing 1-1 at the Beaujoire stadium, both United and Bayern are now guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals, although which of the two sides will take top spot in Group A will only be decided after the last round of matches.

Famous rivals
While there was joy for both sides at the final whistle, there was little for supporters to get excited about as the two famous rivals met in Manchester. While Bayern did superbly to keep the home side at bay, they could not find the touch going forward to unsettle their opponents.

Determined defending 
The pattern of the game had been dictated almost from the opening whistle with Bayern defending an imaginary line just inside their own half and denying United the opportunity to make space and feed strikers Ruud van Nistelrooij and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Superb marking
Indeed, defender Robert Kovac was one of the unsung heroes of the Bayern performance as he kept the dangerous Van Nistelrooij under close supervision - it was a sign of the Dutchman's frustration at being denied space that he was given a yellow card for a late challenge on Thomas Linke after 43 minutes.

Giggs finds inspiration
David Beckham was on equally subdued form for United and it was left for Welsh international Ryan Giggs to lead the line for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. The winger created United's best chance of the first half as he jinked past three defenders and struck the ball towards goal but his low drive flashed across Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and wide.

Pizarro on target
Bayern provided the game's first shot on target 32 minutes as Claudio Pizarro directed Kahn's long clearance towards goal, but Fabien Barthez had little trouble in smothering the ball.

Acrobatic save
The second half saw United in more dangerous form and Giggs produced the best shot of the game three minutes into the second period. He drove the ball from the edge of the penalty area but Kahn was equal to it, producing a superb save to glance the ball wide of his left-hand post.

Barthez save
The home side continued to pressure but there were a few chances at the other end. Barthez denied Pizarro after 61 minutes from an Effenberg corner and moments later the goalkeeper was called into action to smother Jens Jeremies's long-range shot.

Van Nistelrooij denied
Three minutes later, United missed what was to be the final genuine chance of the game as Beckham released Van Nistelrooij. Despite having two chances to beat Kahn after his initial shot ricocheted back to him off the goalkeeper, United's leading marksman could not break the deadlock.

Late substitutions
As time ticked down both sides seemed to gradually accept that there was nothing to separate them. A number of substitutions threatened to bring the game to life, but in the end neither side could find the moment of inspiration to settle the game.

Final fixtures
The final Group A games, which will be played next Tuesday, will now decide which team ends up at the top of the table. United travel to Boavista on Matchday Twelve while Bayern host Nantes.

Last updated: 16/11/12 6.45CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

bayern

Bayern

1
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
3
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
4
VerónJuan Verón
4
KuffourSamuel Kuffour
5
JohnsenRonny Johnsen
11
EffenbergStefan Effenberg (C)
6
BlancLaurent Blanc
Yellow Card37
12
R.KovačRobert Kovač
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham
13
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Substitution83
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Yellow Card43
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
Substitution73
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Substitution78
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Substitution77
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
25
LinkeThomas Linke

Substitutes

13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
22
DreherBernd Dreher (GK)
3
IrwinDenis Irwin
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
8
ButtNicky Butt
9
ElberGiovane Elber
Substitution83
12
P. NevillePhil Neville
10
SforzaCiriaco Sforza
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
17
FinkThorsten Fink
Substitution73
21
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution78
18
TarnatMichael Tarnat
25
FortuneQuinton Fortune
21
ZicklerAlexander Zickler
Substitution77

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Serge Vallin (FRA), Roland Van Nylen (BEL)

Fourth official

Stéphane Moulin (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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