"As a schoolboy you're told to not concede straight away after scoring and we conceded too quickly," summarised Manchester United manager David Moyes after witnessing his side squander a 1-0 advantage in the second leg (2-1 on aggregate) to drop a 3-1 loss (4-2) to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena earlier this evening, Wednesday.
When the pressure was on, Bayern excelled. Not only did they continue to gun forward having restored parity, but they capitalised on their effective attacks to score a second and then a decisive third. United went into the tie as underdogs, battled valiantly, but ultimately there was a gulf in quality between themselves and their hosts.
Moyes continued, as told to Sky Sports: "[It was] always [going to be] a tough night. After we got the first goal we needed a five or ten minute spell where we stopped them getting the ball but from the kick off they went up the pitch and scored."
It was precisely 22 seconds before Bayern responded after Patrice Evra's 57th minute opener, however, throughout the course of the 90 minute match, Moyes and United did manage to prevent Bayern seeing as much of the football as they normally do at home, in the Champions League or in Bundesliga action.
Players like midfielder Toni Kroos are accustomed to passing the football between 100 and 150 times, yet he was restricted to completed 'only' 70 of his 82 pass attempts. As a unit, Bayern only completed 442 passes when it can oft be double that.
Ultimately, that didn't matter. Bayern still emerged victorious, were still able to influence the match with fewer touches of the ball and scored thrice from their combined 25 shots. United, in contrast, aside from Evra, were almost impotent in attack with just one goal from only six shots. They also only completed 67% of their pass attempts.
"I never thought we were out of the game, but the third killed us - that was just bad luck," added Moyes. "They're a really good side with players who can play in different positions.
"Tactically we tried to stifle them but if you lose a goal after we score it makes the job more difficult."