Alonso sees red, Bayern draw in Ukraine

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso leaves the pitch.

Source: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP


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BAYERN Munich’s Xabi Alonso was sent off on his 100th Champions League appearance as the German side were held to a scoreless draw by Shakthar Donetsk in the last 16 first leg clash on Tuesday.

Alonso picked up his second booking after 65 minutes but Bayern comfortably held on to secure a positive result in a first leg played out in sub-zero temperatures in Lviv.

The Bundesliga champions will be confident they can complete the job in three weeks’ time in Munich but Pep Guardiola will be relieved that they survived an ill-tempered encounter in Ukraine.

Shakhtar Donetsk — who had not played a competitive match since the last group game on December 10 — had been forced to host this game over 1,000 kilometres from the club’s Donbass Arena due to ongoing violence in the east of the country.

Bayern's Franck Ribery points at the referee Alberto Malenco from Spain.

Source: AP

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