Bayern Munich supremo Beckenbauer: Man Utd defeat our most beautiful ever

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer says last night's defeat at Manchester United was the "most beautiful" in the club's history.

A volley executed to perfection by Arjen Robben 16 minutes from the end secured Bayern's passage after United had raced into a 3-0 lead on the night.

Ivica Olic brought Bayern back into contention in the 43rd minute and their cause was aided by United defender Rafael's dismissal for a second bookable offence five minutes into the second half.

"We were asleep at the start and Man U were superior in every aspect," admitted Beckenbauer.

"At 3-0, I would not have bet even a cent on Bayern. But they turned it around magnificently.

"Two moments were decisive: the goal for 3-1 from Olic just before the break and then Rafael's red card. Bayern then played with composure, let the ball roll and Robben then scored a dream goal.

"It was one of the most beautiful defeats in Bayern Munich's history."

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