- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - After an entertaining 1-1 tie at home against defending champion Bayern Munich, Manchester United believes it can reach the Champions League semifinals.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored in the 67th minute to offset a goal by Nemanja Vidic on Tuesday night, then was ejected near the final whistle of the first leg of the home-and-home, total-goals series.

“Tonight’s performance was more than you’d hope for,” United manager David Moyes said. “Hopefully tonight shows we will go there and go toe to toe with them. Our best football has been in this competition, and we will need to show our best football next week.”

In the night’s other game, Neymar’s 71st-minute goal gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw at home against Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish matchup. The visitors went ahead on Diego Ribas’ stunning shot from about 25 yards in the 56th minute that grazed the fingertips of goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto as it curled into the top corner.

“They played a good game and they made it very hard for us to create chances,” Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez said. “This was not a good result for us.”

United, seventh in the English Premier League in Moyes’ first season, took the lead in the 58th minute on Vidic’s header from Wayne Rooney’s corner kick.

Schweinsteiger scored on a half-volley but got his second yellow card of the game in the 90th for a foul on Rooney. Schweinsteiger had received his first yellow from Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo in the 61st for fouling Michael Carrick.

Second legs of the total-goals series are April 9.

“We score away, so it’s good,” said Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, whose team had 701 passes to United’s 174. “I’m happy with the result.”

At Barcelona, the hosts lost defender Gerard Pique to a hairline hip fracture when he landed hard, and he was replaced in the 12th minute. Barcelona said Pique is expected to be sidelined about four weeks.

“I think the series is still even,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said. “I know if we can play like this again we have a great chance of getting through to the semifinals.”

Diego Costa, Atletico’s top scorer with 33 goals, limped off in the 30th clutching his right thigh and was replaced by Ribas.

“We’ll see tomorrow how bad it is,” Simeone said.

Barcelona is seeking its seventh straight trip to the semifinals. The teams have tied four times this season, including once in the La Liga and twice in the Spanish Super Cup.

“This is a team of men, who play with heart and pride, who never give up,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “I’m happy because we can compete with them. I’m very happy because we are in this.”

In first legs Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain hosts Chelsea and Real Madrid is home against Borussia Dortmund.


AP Sports Writer Paul Logothetis in Barcelona, Spain, contributed to this report.

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