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German press reacts to United-Bayern draw - 'Very annoying', 'Missed opportunity'

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How Bild, Die Welt, Kicker and TZ reacted to the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Manchester United’s game against Bayern Munich last night produced no shortage of drama.

United took a dramatic lead in the second-half, which prompted Bayern to press, twisting the knife as they searched for an equaliser.

Bastian Schweinsteiger duly obliged before he was shown a second yellow card late on for a challenge on Wayne Rooney.

Here’s what a sample of the German press made of the match.


Bild called the red card decision controversial and suggested that Schweinsteiger will be a big miss for the second leg, after only misplacing seven per cent of his passes throughout the game.

‘Very annoying for Bayern’

The general feeling is one of frustration because Bayern couldn’t pull away from United considering how much of the game they had and how much they dominated.

Die Welt

Die Welt focused on three Bayern Munich players at the centre of the game; Manuel Neuer, Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome Boateng.

The site praised the Bayern goalkeeper for a decent save against Danny Welbeck who found himself one-on-one with Neuer at one point and was heavily critical of former City defender Boateng.

‘Increased uncertainty’ and ‘not looking good’ were two of the phrases used by Die Welt when talking about Boateng’s performance.


Kicker called the game a ‘missed opportunity’ for Bayern, focusing on the overall performance of the team rather than any one player or a controversial incident.

Kicker praised the important away goal that Schweinsteiger managed to score but said its value was reduced a little through the fact the experienced playmaker was sent off and hence, won’t be available for the second game.


TZ also maintained a positive outlook in relation to the performance, suggesting the away goal could be vital once the two legs of the tie have been played out.

TZ didn’t throw too much attention onto the red card incident during the game, carrying comments from Pep Guardiola after the final whistle, which backed up their positive report on the game.

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