Bayern ease past Arsenal
12 March 2014, 08:15
Munich - Holders
Bayern Munich have booked their place in the Champions League's
quarter-finals, despite Arsenal earning a 1-1 draw in Bavaria in
Tuesday's last 16, second-leg clash.
A second-half Bastian
Schweinsteiger goal gave Bayern a brief lead before Arsenal's Lukas
Podolski equalised with a thunderbolt of a shot as the tie finished 3-1
Arsenal, who also went out at the same stage of the
competition to the same opponents last season, failed to overturn their
2-0 deficit from the first leg three weeks ago.
Amidst hopes of
repeating last season's shock 2-0 win in Munich, Arsenal boss Arsene
Wenger made six changes from the team which lost to Bayern in London.
Lukasz Fabianski was named in goal for the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, who was sent off in the first-leg.
were only six of the seven permitted replacements named amidst reports
Japan's Ryo Miyaichi flew to Germany despite being ineligible for the
Champions League's knock-out stages.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola
made three changes from the first leg, switching from a 4-1-4-1 in
London to the 4-2-3-1 formation used in last season's European final.
got off a bad start when centre-back Dante was booked for a clumsy
challenge on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after only eight minutes.
It was his third of Bayern's European campaign and means he is suspended for the quarter-final first-leg.
earned the first real chance when winger Franck Ribery found space on
the left and sent in a cross which Arjen Robben fired over with 19
Spain's Javi Martinez had a goal disallowed for
offside after 27 minutes, while at the other end Bayern's Manuel Neuer
saved Olivier Giroud's header.
Mario Mandzukic, who headed over,
Robben, whose shot was blocked, and Mario Goetze, who forced Fabianski
into a fine save, had chances as Bayern enjoyed their customary 70
percent possession, although it stayed goalless at the break.
made a key change for the second-half as Mesut Ozil, who had hamstring
trouble, made way for Tomas Rosicky in the attacking midfield role.
marked a miserable two legs for the off-form Ozil, who apologised to
Gunners fans via Facebook after failing to convert a key penalty in the
Soon after the break referee Svein Oddvar Moen ignored
Bayern's penalty appeals when Robben went down in the area just before
the opening goal.
Ribery found space on the left and crossed
inside to Schweinsteiger, playing his first Champions League game since
November, to drill home on 55 minutes.
The lead lasted just two
minutes as Arsenal's Germany winger Lukas Podolski robbed Bayern captain
Philipp Lahm and fired home from a tight angle giving Manuel Neuer no
There was drama in added time as Bayern replacement Thomas
Mueller had a penalty attempt saved by Fabianski after Robben was
fouled by centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
The result was welcome news in a dark week for the Bavarian giants.
Allianz Arena clash was played against the backdrop of the court case
against Bayern president Uli Hoeness, which started Monday.
1974 World Cup winner is fighting to avoid a jail term and stands
accused of having dodged €27.2 million in taxes by
hiding his wealth in Swiss bank accounts.
A verdict is expected on Thursday and major tax fraud carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in Germany.