Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich: Bayern Teach Gunners a Lesson
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich (full time result)
Live UEFA Champions League Commentary
Toni Kroos (FCB) 7', Thomas Muller (FCB) 20', Lukas Podolski (ARS) 55', Mario Mandzukic (FCB) 78'.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey (Rosicky), Cazorla, Podolski (Giroud), Walcott.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Kroos (Luiz Gustavo), Ribery (Robben), Mandzukic (Gomez).
Well that's it from the live commentary this evening, thanks for joining me as always and hope you enjoyed what was a terrific game of football—though perhaps you won't take that view if you're an Arsenal fan.
It looks all over for Arsenal but it's not for the match reaction, we'll have plenty of analysis to come over the next few hours so stay tuned for that—and make sure you join me for more Champions League action tomorrow.
It's AC Milan vs. Barcelona—you simply can't miss it.
Thanks again and see you next time!
Full time from the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 1 (Podolski)
Bayern Munich 3 (Kroos, Muller, Mandzukic)
MOTM: Mario Mandzukic
It's looking oh-so-difficult for Arsene Wenger and his men, who will travel to Germany in three weeks' time looking to overturn a 3-1 deficit against a team who have conceded only seven goals in 22 league matches this season.
Bastien Schweinsteiger will be missing through suspension, which is a boost from the Arsenal point of view, but it was far more than just the midfielder who gave the Gunners problems tonight.
A fast start from Bayern saw them race into an early 2-0 lead, with Toni Kroos half-volleying home from the edge of the area and Thomas Muller poking home from close range after a corner was only parried by Wojciech Szczesny.
Lukas Podolski scored a soft header off a wrongly awarded corner after half time, but Mario Mandzukic's looping, half-hit effort from close range restored a thoroughly deserved two-goal lead for Bayern Munich.
They're in the driving seat and Bayern will expect to finish the job in the second leg.
Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 3
90+3'—It's cleared, but the ball remains in Arsenal's half. Bayern just about there now.
90+3'—The final chance of the game will be a Bayern corner kick. Robben will take it, but not too many are in the box.
90+2'—Two minutes of injury time played and it looks like Arsenal are going to have a massive job on their hands in the second leg. They'll have to win by three goals to go through in 90 minutes. Even a 2-0 win won't cut it.
Three minutes to be added on
89'—It's not great, it's headed out, and Sagna drives the ball miles over the bar on the rebound. Into injury time we go.
89'—Could be for Arsenal. Cazorla plays in Vermaelen down the left and Lahm has to trip the Belgian before he enters the penalty area. Yellow for Lahm, free kick for Arsenal. Got to be good delivery.
88'—Final two minutes. You sense there might still be one more big chance left in this game—but will it fall to home or away team?
86'—Arsenal probing and working their way forward, but Lahm and Dante have been rather immense this evening.
83'—It's going to be end-to-end stuff here for the final minutes. Arsenal are pressing for a valuable second goal to take back to Germany with them, while Bayern will simply try to hit the Gunners on the break.
81'—CHANCE FOR FOUR! Luiz Gustavo drills a low shot in from 25 yards which Szczesny, diving to his right, parries away as far as Gomez—but instead of shooting across the keeper or squaring for a tap-in for Robben, he wellies the ball high and wide of the near post.
79'—Wilshere bursts into the area as he tries to give Arsenal another lease of life, but his fierce drive is beaten out by Neuer.
Bayern have their big lead back, with just 12 minutes remaining. Robben frees Lahm on the overlap down the right and his first-time cross to the back post is knocked up into the air by Mandzukic, just ahead of Sagna, and it bounces back down to earth just over the goal line with Szczesny desperately trying to claw it out. 3-1 Bayern, and the Croatian forward's last contribution.
Bayern sub: Mario Gomez on for Mandzukic.
Arsenal 1 Bayern 3
Mario Mandzukic, 77 mins
76'—Nice defending from Lahm who reads a backheel from Cazorla and springs the ball forward for Mandzukic. Arsenal have had more of the ball and are looking more aggressive in possession, but Neuer still hasn't had too much to do.
74'—Luiz Gustavo immediately involved as he frees Lahm down the right, but his flick to Robben is cleared for a corner. Arsenal not awake from the quickly taken set piece, but Luiz Gustavo's shot loops wide.
72'—GREAT CHANCE! Walcott immediately gets the ball out wide and whips a cross in, Giroud volleys the ball with good control—but it's straight at Neuer who beats the ball out without knowing too much about it.
Bayern sub: Toni Kroos off, Luiz Gustavo on.
Arsenal subs: Ramsey replaced by Tomas Rosicky, and Podolski replaced by Olivier Giroud.
That should see Walcott switched wide now.
69'—Now it's Arsenal who are pressing continuously and Podolski beats two defenders before shooting with his right foot, but it's blocked by Alaba. The Gunners looking to mount an impressive comeback.
68'—Schweinsteiger takes the free kick, but curls it over the bar. Never threatening.
67'—And now Ramsey becomes number five, booked for a challenge from behind on Muller. Another worrying-looking free kick for Arsenal to defend against.
66'—Wild lunge of a tackle by Podolski who catches Robben, and he is duly shown the yellow card. Been a busy evening for the referee and his cards.
65'—Podolski gives the ball away in midfield and Bayern suddenly have a two on two at the back against Arsenal, but Robben isn't given the pass early and then, when he does get the ball off Kroos, is offside.
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