Bayern Munich knocks out Arsenal in UEFA Champions League
MUNICH: Arsenal were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League as they were lost 3-1 on aggregate against German footballing giants Bayern Munich after the match was drawn 1-1 here at Allianz Arena stadium at Munich, ARY News reports.
The English club was playing the match after trailing by a 2-0 deficit in the first leg.
Munich Defender Bastian Schweinsteiger scored after an assist by Franck Ribery in the 55th minute after left-wing cross giving the fans to cheer about in the match.
Arsenal will be consoling themselves as they were not beaten in the game. Lukas Fabianski saved a penalty kick by Thomas Muller after Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny made a foul tackle against attacker Arjen Robben in the six yard box.
Arsene Wenger had made three replacements in the side before coming into the game. In came Koscielny, Podolski and Olivier Giroud who replaced Kieran Gibbs, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini. Goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was out of the match as he received the red card in the first leg of the match.
German coach Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, made five changes to his team. Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Mario Gotze and Mario Mandzukic were playing instead of Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, Muller and Toni Kroos.
After eight minutes, a great move by Santi Cazorla enabled him to release Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right, but was blocked by defender Dante, who was awarded a yellow card. The yellow card meant that he will miss the next match in the Champions League.
Martinez’s goal was denied by the referee as he was offside. The chance came as a result of Robben’s free kick.
After 30 minutes into the match, Oxlade-Chamberlain showed his fabulous dribbling skills but Schweinsteiger overpowered the attacker as he made the move towards Munich’s goal and a free kick was awarded to Arsenal. Giroud’s header was denied by Manuel Neuer.
Mesut Ozil was substituted by Thomas Rosicky as he was having problems with his hamstring just after the start of the second half.
Bayern Munich got the lead in the match as Schwinsteiger got the ball in the net for the first time since October.
But the English club leveled the scoreline two minutes later as Lukas Podolski scored the goal for Arsenal after a one-two passing with Giroud.
Lukas Fabianski saved a shot by Mario Mandzukic but chances were being created by both sides in the match as well but only to be wasted by the players themselves.
In the injury time, Bayern Munich was rewarded with a penalty kick after Koscielny made a harsh tackle against Arjen Robben but Fabianski save the penalty taken by Muller.