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Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

Last Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:20

Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller gave Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over ten-man Arsenal in their Champions League last-16 first leg tie.

It could have all been so different for the Gunners had Mezut Ozil converted from the penalty spot after being tripped by Jerome Boateng on eight minutes.

Sadly for the home crowd the German's weak effort was easily palmed away one handed by Manuel Neuer.

The tie was then turned on its head on 40 minutes when the rampaging Arjen Robben was taken out by Wojciech Szczesny on the edge of the six yard box. Referee Nicola Rizzoli had little choice but to point to the spot and send Szczesny off.

The Gunners, though, were given a reprieve when David Alaba saw his spot kick hit the outside of the post and go behind.

Arsenal defended manfully in the second half as they battled to keep an increasingly confident Bayern side at bay, but they could do little to stop the European champions from opening the scoring on 54 minutes.

Philip Lahm laid the ball off to Kroos on the edge of the area and the midfielder curled a first-time effort beyond substitute Lukasz Fabianksi and into the top corner.

The Bundesliga leaders dominated possession from then on but had to wait until the 88th minute to grab the crucial second goal, substitute Thomas Muller heading home from close range after another dangerous Lahm delivery.

The Gunners now need a minor miracle if they are to turn this tie around in the second leg at the Allianz Arena in three week's time.

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