Aneke stunner blunts Blades

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura insisted they will not

give up on the UEFA Champions League despite a humiliating 4-0

defeat by Bayern Munich in their semi-final first leg.

The German champions romped to victory at the Allianz Arena with

Thomas Muller’s brace plus goals from Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez

inflicting the Catalan club’s joint-heaviest defeat in European


Barcelona were some distance below their best and now need a

miracle in the second leg at Camp Nou next week if they are to

reach the Champions League final at Wembley in May.

Roura told reporters: “We have to compete in the second leg and

try to win. We will give it our all.

“We lacked the freshness to compete with them which is something

we have to look at.

“We didn’t play that badly in the first half but then they

scored early in the second and from there it was difficult.

“We didn’t see situations where we could have changed things

after the break. We know the situation is difficult.

“Bayern Munich have to be congratulated. They played a great

game, they were very strong and they are a very physical team.

“Bayern were the better team and we congratulate them. We had

possession in the first half but didn’t do much with it.”

Humbled at already-relegated Portsmouth on Saturday, Chris

Morgan’s men were undone by a 49th-minute goal from Chuks


The Blades had already booked their play-off place but Aneke’s

winner means they have won just one of their last seven games.

Aneke stunned the visitors four minutes after the break with a

superb 25-yard finish.

An early goal from midfielder Mike Jones gave Crawley a deserved

1-0 victory and condemned Preston to their first defeat in five


Jones drove Crawley ahead after only six minutes with a bouncing

right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.

Joe Jacobson’s classy free-kick wrapped up a deserved 1-0 win

for Shrewsbury against former club Oldham.

Jacobson, the stand-in captain, chose a perfect time to grab his

first goal of the season when he whipped a 20-yard effort over the

Oldham wall and high into the net four minutes into the second


Both of these sides guaranteed League One survival last


The Blades had already booked their play-off place but Aneke’s

winner means they have won just one of their last seven games.

Harry Maguire almost gave the visitors an early lead but his

header was saved by Steve Phillips and Kelvin Mellor did well to

deflect Neil Collins’ follow-up over the bar.

Jonathan Forte sent a couple of efforts from the edge of the box

high and wide before Phillips was in action again.

The keeper dived low to parry Callum McFadzean’s drive and then

recovered quickly to smother Chris Porter’s rebound.

Crewe’s Oliver Turton and Harry Davis sent efforts off target

while Aneke’s daisy-cutter was tipped around the post by George

Long as the home side struggled to create any clear-cut first-half


But Aneke stunned the visitors four minutes after the break when

he beat Long with a superb 25-yard finish to put the Alex in the

driving seat.

A fierce Barry Robson free-kick which Phillips did well to palm

away almost got the Blades back in it while the keeper got a

fingertip to a late shot from Joe Ironside.

At the other end, Aneke looked to double his account with a

volley which dipped over the bar and a low effort which he dragged

wide after a surging run.