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Chelsea would consider joint bid with Bayern to overturn Champions League final bans

Chelsea would consider joint bid with Bayern to overturn Champions League final bans

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 28 April 2012

Chelsea would be willing to join
forces with Bayern Munich to try to overturn the yellow-card bans that
will see six players miss the Champions League final, according to
Roberto Di Matteo.

But caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo
admitted it would be 'very difficult' to convince UEFA to change their
rules ahead of next month's Allianz Arena showpiece.

Banned: Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires

Banned: Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires

Pleas for clemency from the international players' union, FIFPro, fell on deaf ears on Thursday when UEFA insisted they would not consider an amnesty for those who picked up yellow-card bans in this week's semi-final second legs.

Asked if Chelsea would consider a joint bid with Bayern to get European football's governing body to change their minds, Di Matteo said: 'If there's any possibility, we would consider it, of course.

'But I think it would prove very difficult.'

Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles will all miss the final after being cautioned in the Blues' extraordinary semi-final second leg at Barcelona.

Bayern, meanwhile, lost Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo after their own semi triumph over Real Madrid.

Even if both clubs failed in any bid to overturn those bans, Di Matteo called for a rule change next season so an amnesty is introduced after the quarter-final stage.

That would bring the Champions League into line with the World Cup and European Championships.

Di Matteo said: 'Maybe they'll look at it and maybe change it for the future.

'Right now, it would be difficult. It'll be nice if they did that.'

Bayern Munich stars looking forward to playing Chelsea at home

Bayern shoot-out heroes can't wait to face Chelsea on home turf

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UPDATED:

10:10 GMT, 26 April 2012

Bayern Munich's penalty shoot-out heroes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer are both looking forward to taking on Chelsea on home soil in the Champions League final.

Schweinsteiger scored the decisive penalty which put out Real Madrid in the semi-finals last night and Neuer saved spot-kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo had earlier scored from the penalty spot and added a second before Arjen Robben's penalty levelled the tie on aggregate and took the game into extra time.

Denied: Manuel Neuer foils Cristiano Ronaldo from the spot

Denied: Manuel Neuer foils Cristiano Ronaldo from the spot

Mario Gomez and David Alaba also scored for Bayern in the shoot-out but Philipp Lahm and Toni Kroos saw their efforts saved by Iker Casillas.

After Neuer had saved from Ronaldo and Kaka, Xabi Alonso netted his effort from the spot before Sergio Ramos fired over the bar, leaving Schweinsteiger the unenviable task of stepping up to fire Bayern into the final.

Schweinsteiger told the club website: 'Ever since it was announced that the final would be in Munich, we all had only one target: to get there.

'Now we have one more match at home, and we want to win it. The only thing going through my head was putting the ball in the net.'

Neuer said he thought Bayern had been rewarded for matching Real in both legs of the semi-final, winning the home leg 2-1.

Homeboy: Bastian Schweinsteiger said ever since it was agreed the final would be played in Munich, Bayern have been determined to get there

Homeboy: Bastian Schweinsteiger said ever since it was agreed the final would be played in Munich, Bayern have been determined to get there

He said: 'We've all worked very hard for this. In both games, we were on a par with them at the very least, and at the end of the day, we deserved to win.

'I was determined to save those penalties, although obviously luck plays its part.'

Bayern also take on Borussia Dortmund in the final of the DFB-Pokal and Neuer hopes they can make it a Champions League and domestic cup double.

He added: 'It's great we have two finals ahead of us.'

Graham Poll: Viktor Kassai let the big match pressure get to him

Kassai let the big match pressure get to him and awarded crazy penalty

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 25 April 2012

Viktor Kassai is a good referee but the pressure of a big game can affect anyone.

I took charge of Bayern v Real in the second leg of the semi-final in 2000 and know how tough it is.

That pressure seemed to affect the Hungarian on Wednesday night as he awarded Madrid a crazy penalty in the sixth minute when a shot hit David Alaba from close range.

Pressure got to him: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben argue with Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai

Pressure got to him: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben argue with Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai

Handball must be deliberate, this was not. To compound his error, Kassai showed Alaba a yellow card, meaning he would miss the final.

Fans often say referees who feel they have erred try to make amends. That appeared to be the case on first viewing of Bayern’s penalty award when Mario Gomez threw himself to the ground after a touch from Pepe.

On Tuesday, the assistants helped Cuneyt Cakir impress in Barcelona. Kassai never gave his assistants the chance to help and so made two poor calls.

Marseille 0 Bayern Munich 2: Arjen Robben on target to put Germans in driving seat

Marseille 0 Bayern Munich 2: Robben on target to put Germans in driving seat

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 28 March 2012

Marseille's decision to field third-choice goalkeeper Elinton Andrade backfired as his mistake gifted Bayern Munich the opening goal in their Champions League quarter-final.

The 32-year-old, preferred to number two Gennaro Bracigliano with first choice Steve Mandanda suspended, allowed Mario Gomez's shot to squirm under his body in the 44th minute of the first leg at the Stade Velodrome.

It was Gomez's 11th Champions League goal this season, behind only Lionel Messi, and 37th in all competitions and kept them on course to reach the final at their own Allianz Arena stadium.

Robben reliant: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez, left, and Arjen Robben celebrate

Robben reliant: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez, left, and Arjen Robben celebrate

MATCH FACTS:

Marseille: Andrade, Azpilicueta, Fanni, N'Koulou, Morel, Diarra (Cheyrou 71), M'bia Etoundi, Amalfitano (Brandao 68), Valbuena, Andre Ayew, Remy.

Subs Not Used: Bracigliano, Gignac, Kabore, Traore, Jordan Ayew.

Booked: Diarra, M'bia Etoundi.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Kroos (Tymoschuk 63), Robben, Muller (Schweinsteiger 70), Ribery (Pranjic 78), Gomez.

Subs Not Used: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Contento.

Booked: Lahm, Kroos, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Alaba.

Goals: Gomez 44, Robben 69.

Attendance: 40,000

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain).

Arjen Robben added a classy second midway through the second half to put the Germans on the brink of a place in the last four.

It was hardly a vintage Bayern display, but it did not need to be to beat a Marseille side in the midst of an awful run domestically. Saturday's draw with Nice ended a run of seven straight defeats in all competitions, including a cup defeat to lowly Quevilly.

Marseille should have gone in front in the seventh minute when Manuel Neuer produced a brilliant one-handed save diving to his left to keep out Rod Fanni's powerful header from a Mathieu Valbuena corner.

The rebound fell to Loic Remy, who could only slice his effort into the side-netting when it looked easier to score.

The hosts were looking vulnerable at the back, though. Thomas Muller hesitated when he got beyond the last defender, eventually choosing to pull the ball back from the byline when an early shot would have been the better option and his pass evaded everyone in the area.

Going ahead: Gomez puts Bayern 1-0 up

Going ahead: Gomez puts Bayern 1-0 up

No where to go: Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena is challenged by Luiz Gustavo

No where to go: Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena is challenged by Luiz Gustavo

Neither side were giving likely semi-final opponents Real Madrid any cause for concern, with both squandering possession far too easily.

But Neuer had to be alert against to save from Remy at his near post after the striker had pounced on a poor clearance.

Bayern struggled to seriously test stand-in keeper Andrade until a minute before half-time his mistake handed them the lead.

One foot in the semi: Robben scores the second

One foot in the semi: Robben scores the second

Dutch of class: Robben celebrates his goal

Dutch of class: Robben celebrates his goal

With Marseille appealing in vain for a
free-kick for handball at the other end, a Bayern counter-attack ended
with Arjen Robben playing in Gomez. The Germany striker's side-foot shot
from the edge of the area was hardly unstoppable or perfectly placed,
but still squirmed under Andrade's body and into the net.

The visitors had another opening
early in the second half, but Fanni got back to clear the ball off the
toes of Muller as he bore down on goal.

Neuer then comfortably held a header from Andre Ayew.

Andrade went a little way to making
up for his earlier error by blocking another Gomez shot from inside the
area before Remy almost embarrassed Jerome Boateng.

The Marseille man won the ball off the defender on the edge of the area, but his stabbed shot hit Neuer and deflected away.

But Bayern doubled their lead in the
69th minute and, if their first goal was fortunate, this one was
beautifully crafted and expertly finished.

Robben played a neat one-two with
Muller, breaking into the area from the right as he ran on to the return
pass and then sliding a finish into the far corner.

That goal appeared to break the
hosts' resolve and they did not look like getting one back to give them
hope for the second leg as Bayern saw out a comfortable win.

Beating his man: Philipp Lahm vies for the ball with Jeremy Morel

Beating his man: Philipp Lahm vies for the ball with Jeremy Morel

FC Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0: Valentin Stocker gives Swiss side narrow advantage

FC Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0: Stocker strikes late to give Swiss shock lead

Valentin Stocker scored four minutes from time to give Basel a famous victory over Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League clash at St Jakob-Park.

Stocker was left unmarked to slot the ball between Manuel Neuer's legs in a match where neither defence covered itself in glory.

The first half was breathless with both sides coming close and Basel twice hitting the woodwork but it was the Swiss side who eventually prevailed to take a narrow lead to Munich.

Late winner: Valentin Stocker celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's only goal against Bayern Munich

Late winner: Valentin Stocker celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's only goal against Bayern Munich

MATCH FACTS:

Basel: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Shaqiri (Zoua 83), Huggel, Xhaka, Fabian Frei (Stocker 66), Alexander Frei (Cabral 89), Streller. Subs not used: Colomba, Degen, Kovac, Andrist.

Booked: Abraham.

Scorer: Stocker 86.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm, Tymoschuk, Alaba, Robben, Kroos, Ribery (Muller 71), Gomez. Subs not used: Butt, Pranjic, Gustavo, Petersen, Olic, Can.

Booked: Muller, Rafinha.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).

Attendance: 38,512.

The Bundesliga side raced out of the blocks with Franck Ribery a constant menace in the early minutes.

The France international could have
given Bayern an early lead in the third minute when he chested the ball
down on the right-hand side of the six-yard box before transferring the
ball on to his left foot and unleashing a half-volley which Yans Sommer
did well to block.

Bayern were then grateful to Jerome
Boateng whose perfectly-timed tackle on Xherdan Shakiri stopped the
Switzerland midfielder when he would have done better to have shot first
time.

Ribery had another chance to put the
visitors ahead in the 12th minute when he received the ball unmarked on
the left side of the area. However, rather than shooting across the
goalkeeper he chose to aim for the near post allowing Sommer to make the
save.

It was a breathless opening to the game with the hosts also showing as an attacking force.

Remember the name: Valentin Stocker celebrates after he scored the winner

Remember the name: Valentin Stocker celebrates after he scored the winner

Narrow advantage: Basle's players cheer after Valentin Stocker scored the only goal of the game

Narrow advantage: Basle's players cheer after Valentin Stocker scored the only goal of the game

Marco Streller's flick was pushed
over by Neuer, who was rescued by the woodwork moments later when an
unmarked Alexsander Dragovic sent a firm header in on goal which hit the
keeper on the forearm before coming off the inside of the post with
Holger Badstuber clearing off the line.

Contrasting emotions: Mario Gomez looks dejected after the final whistle as the Basle players celebrate in the background

Contrasting emotions: Mario Gomez looks dejected after the final whistle as the Basle players celebrate in the background

Bad night: Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is disappointed at the final whistle

Bad night: Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is disappointed at the final whistle

Just three minutes later Basle hit
the woodwork again when Alexander Frei got between two defenders but his
first-time left-footed shot hit the bar.

Sommer did well to intercept David
Alaba's shot with the ball swerving at the last minute before Ribery
unleashed another shot to test the goalkeeper.

Going close: Philipp Lahm has an attempt on goal for Bayern

Going close: Philipp Lahm has an attempt on goal for Bayern

Fending off: Fabian Frei holds off Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Fending off: Fabian Frei holds off Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

The second half showed little of the space both teams had found in attack with the defences far tighter.

Philipp Lahm tested Sommer with a
fierce shot from distance which was pushed away for a corner before
Mario Gomez was thwarted when he beat the offside trap and attempted to
push the ball across the goal but the keeper stood up as the Bayern
player shot at him.

Robben was blocked by Dragovic as he attempted to squirm free in the six-yard box and it was Bayern who were on top.

Getting the tackle in: Basle's David Angel Abraham tries to take the ball off Franck Ribery

Getting the tackle in: Basle's David Angel Abraham tries to take the ball off Franck Ribery

However, that was before Stocker's intervention with four minutes left.

Jacques Zoua ran from right to left
along the edge of the area without any real challenge and passed the
ball to Stocker on his left. He had lost his marker and he slotted home
through Neuer's legs.

FC Basle 1 Bayern Munich 0: Valentin Stocker gives Swiss side narrow advantage

FC Basle 1 Bayern Munich 0: Stocker strikes late to give Swiss shock lead

Valentin Stocker scored four minutes from time to give Basle a famous victory over Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League clash at St Jakob-Park.

Stocker was left unmarked to slot the ball between Manuel Neuer's legs in a match where neither defence covered itself in glory.

The first half was breathless with both sides coming close and Basle twice hitting the woodwork but it was the Swiss side who eventually prevailed to take a narrow lead to Munich.

Late winner: Valentin Stocker celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's only goal against Bayern Munich

Late winner: Valentin Stocker celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's only goal against Bayern Munich

MATCH FACTS:

Basle: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Shaqiri, Huggel, Xhaka, Fabian Frei, Alexander Frei, Streller.

Subs: Colomba, Degen, Kovac, Stocker, Cabral, Andrist, Zoua.

Goal: Stocker (86)

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm, Tymoschuk, Alaba, Robben, Kroos, Ribery, Gomez.

Subs: Butt, Pranjic, Gustavo, Petersen, Olic, Muller, Can.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

The Bundesliga side raced out of the blocks with Franck Ribery a constant menace in the early minutes.

The France international could have
given Bayern an early lead in the third minute when he chested the ball
down on the right-hand side of the six-yard box before transferring the
ball on to his left foot and unleashing a half-volley which Yans Sommer
did well to block.

Bayern were then grateful to Jerome
Boateng whose perfectly-timed tackle on Xherdan Shakiri stopped the
Switzerland midfielder when he would have done better to have shot first
time.

Ribery had another chance to put the
visitors ahead in the 12th minute when he received the ball unmarked on
the left side of the area. However, rather than shooting across the
goalkeeper he chose to aim for the near post allowing Sommer to make the
save.

It was a breathless opening to the game with the hosts also showing as an attacking force.

Marco Streller's flick was pushed
over by Neuer, who was rescued by the woodwork moments later when an
unmarked Alexsander Dragovic sent a firm header in on goal which hit the
keeper on the forearm before coming off the inside of the post with
Holger Badstuber clearing off the line.

Just three minutes later Basle hit
the woodwork again when Alexander Frei got between two defenders but his
first-time left-footed shot hit the bar.

Sommer did well to intercept David
Alaba's shot with the ball swerving at the last minute before Ribery
unleashed another shot to test the goalkeeper.

Getting the tackle in: Basle's David Angel Abraham tries to take the ball off Franck Ribery

Getting the tackle in: Basle's David Angel Abraham tries to take the ball off Franck Ribery

The second half showed little of the space both teams had found in attack with the defences far tighter.

Philipp Lahm tested Sommer with a
fierce shot from distance which was pushed away for a corner before
Mario Gomez was thwarted when he beat the offside trap and attempted to
push the ball across the goal but the keeper stood up as the Bayern
player shot at him.

Robben was blocked by Dragovic as he attempted to squirm free in the six-yard box and it was Bayern who were on top.

However, that was before Stocker's intervention with four minutes left.

Jacques Zoua ran from right to left
along the edge of the area without any real challenge and passed the
ball to Stocker on his left. He had lost his marker and he slotted home
through Neuer's legs.