Arsenal 0 Bayern Munich 2 – Gunners pay the penalty against European champions
Bayern have one foot in the Champions League quarter finals after beating an Arsenal side reduced to ten men in the first half
February 19th, 2014
It was a hugely frustrating evening for Arsenal on Wednesday night, with the Gunners missing an early penalty against Bayern Munich before having their goalkeeper sent off before the interval.
Although the visitors subsequently missed their spot kick, Pep Guardiola’s side were able to make their numerical advantage felt, with Toni Kroos scoring a peach of an opener before Thomas Muller came off the bench to take the tie right away from Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger’s side came out of the traps flying, with Yaya Sanogo a surprising inclusion in the starting XI and the forward could have put his team in the lead before Mesut Ozil was fouled in the penalty area by Jerome Boateng.
With Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud both off the pitch, Ozil stepped up to take the spot kick although Manuel Neuer was equal to a poor spot-kick and Bayern remained level, with the German side starting to play their way into the game.
With five minutes left of the first half, the game was to change in an instant, with Wojciech Szczesny catching Arjen Robben after the Dutchman was allowed to race unmarked into the penalty area and latch on to an excellent ball from Kroos.
Szczesny was given his marching orders although the home supporters were celebrating after David Alaba’s spot kick struck a post before going out for a goal kick.
Such relief was to be temporary as Bayern started fashioning openings and it was a special finish from Kroos that saw Munich go 1-0 ahead after Lahm had teed up his compatriot in the 54th minute.
Arsenal were struggling to get any kind of possession with ten men although it appeared they were going to lose by the solitary goal before Thomas Muller struck late in the game and the tie now seems out of reach for the Gunners.