Bayern Munich’s defense of the European Cup will continue into the quarterfinal round of the Champions League after the Bavarian giants eliminated Arsenal on 3-1 aggregate, Tuesday.
Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring with a 54th-minute tap-in, but just moments later the Gunners were level thanks to a Lukas Podolski pile-driver that left Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with no chance whatsoever.
Still, the 1-1 draw on the night wasn’t enough for Arsenal, who for the fourth season running bow out at the Champions League Round of 16.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Bayern Munich Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: So, so confident on set-pieces.
Lahm: Overlapping exceptionally well with Robben.
Martinez: Deputising well as a centre-back in place of Boateng.
Dante: Picked up an early yellow card for a lazy tackle on Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Alaba: Playing countless crosses into the danger-zone from the left.
Schweinsteiger: Misplaced just a single pass during the first half.
Robben: Looks the most likely attacker to score.
Thiago: An impressive 74 touches of the ball for the 22-year-old.
Gotze: Tested Fabianski with a half-volley late in the opening period.
Ribery: Yet to manage a single shot on goal.
Mandzukic: Only 12 touches so far.
Full-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: Generally solid, but had a late mix-up with Martinez.
Lahm: Complained he’d been fouled by Podolski in the buildup to the Arsenal goal.
Martinez: Doesn’t always look all that convincing in the centre of defense.
Dante: Rock-solid despite playing much of the match on a booking.
Alaba: Added a useful attacking element.
Schweinsteiger: Ghosted into the goalmouth to tap Ribery’s pass into the back of the net.
Robben: Took two dives in the second half—the second of which earned Bayern a late penalty.
Thiago: No one touched the ball more than the young Spaniard.
Gotze: Withdrawn in favour of Kroos following the Podolski goal.
Ribery: Assisted on Schweinsteiger’s opener, but still looks a bit off the pace following a return from injury.
Mandzukic: Denied by a superb Fabianski save midway through the second half.
Kroos: Helped settle his side following Arsenal’s goal.
Muller: Saw his penalty saved well by Fabianski.
|Arsenal Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Fabianski: Had two saves to make in the first half.
Sagna: Pinned back by Alaba so far.
Mertesacker: Made a handful of awkward, yet effective clearances.
Koscielny: Showing his excellent ability to defend one-on-one.
Vermaelen: Lahm and Robben are running him into the ground.
Arteta: Made a pair of important interventions in a first half that also included a booking.
Oxlade Chamberlain: Arsenal’s most energetic attacker has so far earned two fouls.
Cazorla: Giving the ball away far too often.
Ozil: Has completed just 56% of his passes.
Podolski: Only 11 touches so far.
Giroud: Didn’t get enough of Cazorla’s corner, and Neuer was able to easily save his header.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Fabianski: Was absolutely outstanding, and did ever so well to deny Muller from the penalty spot.
Sagna: Completely neutralised by Alaba.
Mertesacker: Another top-level showing from the towering German.
Koscielny: Excelled in his one-on-one battles with Robben and was unlucky to have a penalty called against him late on.
Vermaelen: When Arsenal’s first-choice defensive unit is fit, he sits.
Arteta: His 89% rate of passing completion was impressive given the opponent.
Oxlade Chamberlain: Worked his socks off before being withdrawn, having pulled up with cramps.
Cazorla: Had a chance to spring Podolski midway through the second half but flicked the ball to no one.
Ozil: Didn’t start the second half.
Podolski: His laser of a strike provided Arsenal a lifeline.
Giroud: He just doesn’t seem the elite centre-forward a Champions League side should have.
Rosicky: Immediately showed more intensity than Ozil.
Gnabry: Touched the ball just five times in a brief cameo.
Flamini: Played only six minutes after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s exit.
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