Manchester United v Marseille
Both sides won 2-0. Manchester United beat Arsenal in the quarter finals of the FA Cup while Marseilles won 2-0 away to Rennes. Scoring for United were Fabio and Rooney while for Marseille Luc Remy and Lucho Gonzales got the goals in the Ligue Un game.
Manchester United will be missing Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Park Ji-Sung, Michael Owen and Anderson. Nani may be available.
The news is fairly encouraging for Marseille. Mathieu Valbuena came on as a very late substitute against Rennes while Andre-Pierre Gignac started in the same game. However, Gignac was taken off with 20 minutes left with an ankle knock.
No knockout tie has ended goalless after two legs in the Champions League.
Manchester United has never lost at home to a French team.
Bayern Munich v Inter
Bayern Munich won 1-0 with Mario Gomez scoring late in the game.
Inter was extremely fortunate to escape with a draw against lowly Brescia. They led through a goal from Samuel Eto’o but Brescia equalized late and then had to rely on Julio Cesar to save a penalty that would have given Brescia all three points.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, was in rampant form and beat Hamburg 6-0. The game was scoreless until the 40th minute when Arjen Robben gave his side the lead. He then scored another two before Ribery, Mueller and an own goal completed the demolition.
For Bayern Munich, Ivica Olic is a long term casualty and Miroslav Klose’s season has been interrupted with a recurring hamstring problem.
Inter centre back Walter Samuel may be out for the season while Diego Milito has not played since the beginning of February. Esteban Cambiasso’s last game was against Bayern Munich while Lucio came off injured against Brescia.
Bayern Munich has won their last seven home matches in the Champions League.
So what is it going to be? I’m going to go for 2-1 Manchester United to win and Bayern Munich and Inter to draw 1-1 with the two home sides going through to the quarter finals. In the other four ties the home teams in the second legs have qualified.
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