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UEFA Champions League | Bayern Munich 5 – Arsenal 1

Arsenal are very close to another elimination at the round of sixteen after suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich.

Warren Zammit
15 February 2017, 10:46pm
Arjen Robben celebrating his goal against Arsenal
Arjen Robben celebrating his goal against Arsenal
Bayern started well and produced the first chance of the match on the 8th minute. Arturo Vidal hit a left-footed shot from distance that was neutralised by David Ospina.

Two minutes later, the German team went ahead. Arjen Robben picked up the ball deep in the right wing and went past Francis Coquelin before firing a stunning shot that gave Ospina no chance.

On the 14th minute, Ospina was on the alert to deny Robben from scoring again. The Dutchman tried his luck from distance once more, but this time the Colombian goalkeeper managed to neutralise the danger.

Arsenal responded on the 26th minute. From a free kick, Mesut Ozil sent a shot which Manuel Neuer saved, but failed to hold. Arsenal players tried to make the most from the rebound, but the assistant referee signalled  for an offside.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side equalised on the half hour mark. Robert Lewandowski fouled Laurent Koscielny inside the penalty area and the referee pointed towards the spot. From the eleven metres mark, Alexis Sanchez saw his effort being saved by Neuer. However, the Arsenal player kept persisting and managed to score from the rebound.

Bayern were close to regain the lead on the 36th minute. Thiago Alcantara picked out a cross at the back post and Artuto Vidal recycled back into the danger area for his team-mate, but his effort from close range ended up high.

On the 40th minute, Neuer produced a vital save to deny Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain served Granit Shaka and the latter fired a volley which the German goalkeeper saved.

In the additional time given by the referee prior to half time, Arsenal nearly scored their second goal. Ozil went through on the left side of the penalty area and sent a low drive which got the best out of Neuer.

Bayern regained the lead on the 53rd minute. Philipp Lahm sent a cross towards the unmarked Lewandowski whose header ended up inside the net past the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Three minutes later, the German champions increased the margin of the score. Lewandowski flicked the ball for Thiago who went through and finished home.

Lewandowski was close to increase the margin of the score for Bayern on the 61st minute. The Polish striker tried to chip the ball past Ospina, but his effort hit the post.

Bayern kept pushing forward and were denied by Ospina on the 63rd minute. From a corner, Martinez sent a header which forced an excellent save from the Colombian goalkeeper.

However, Ospina could not do anything a minute later as Bayern scored their fourth goal. Thiago hit a shot from distance that took a deflection off a defender and settled inside the net.

On the 68th minute, Ospina was there again to deny Bayern the chance to score more goals. Vidal fired a strong shot from outside the penalty area which the Arsenal goalkeeper deflected for a corner.

Despite conceding five goals, Ospina kept on showing his skills with another save on the 80th minute. The Arsenal goalkeeper managed to tip Robben’s shot for a corner.

The same goalkeeper produced another great save on the 82nd minute. Douglas Costa went on the right side of the penalty area and fired a strong shot that was well saved.

Things went from bad to worse for Arsenal on the 88th minute as they conceded another goal. Substitute player Thomas Muller received the ball from Thiago and finished in the far corner.

Real Madrid - Napoli

Meanwhile, in Spain, Real Madrid registered a 3-1 win over Napoli. The Italian team went ahead on the 8th minute through Lorenzo Insigne. However, the European Champions hit back with three goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

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