SCORELINE : Bayern Munchen 5 vs Arsenal 1
Full-time at the Allianz Arena. Bayern are all-but-through to the next round in the Champions League as they record an emphatic 5-1 first-leg victory over lowly Arsenal, who completely lost the plot after half-time. A brace from Thiago and goals from Robben, Lewandowski, and Muller sealed the win in what was a hugely impressive performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s outfit. Thanks for joining us, see you next time.
Goal >>Thomas Müller
Goal Thomas Müller
GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL FOR BAYERN! Five of the best for the Bavarians! Thomas Muller gets involved in the goalscoring act now as Oxlade-Chamberlain gives the ball away in a criminal position on the edge of the box which allows Kimmich and Thiago to pounce. The striker finishes the move with a lashed finish past Ospina. Five-one. Embarrassing for the Gunners.
SubstitutionRobert LewandowskiThomas Müller
Lewandowski is the man coming off for Bayern now and he will be replaced by Thomas Muller, who has not been up to his usual, swasbuckling standards this campaign, with the goals not flowing as freely as usual.
OH WHAT AN OUTSTANDING SAVE FROM OSPINA! Gibbs has been massively guilty of allowing left-footed players to cut inside on their favoured foot tonight and does it AGAIN here with Costa. Luckily for the left-back, he is bailed out by his goalkeeper who somehow gets across to make the save following a curled shot from the Brazilian.
Gabriel was partly at fault for the third goal but has actually defended admirably against Lewandowski at times since coming on. On this occasion, he uses his strength just to usher the former Dortmund man out of the way of a ball over the top of the backline.
This is just an exhibition match for Bayern at the moment and due to the scoreline being so comfortable, basically all of the players apart from Neuer are looking to get in on the goalscoring act. Even Lahm, who is usually tied to the touchline, moves into a central area to pick out passes on the edge of the box.
Hummels makes his way out of defence, into midfield, and then into the final third completely unopposed before firing a pass in for Lewandowski. However, the Bayern striker is denied the shot on goal as Gabriel defends superbly on this occasion to making the interception with the slide tackle.
Believe it or not we are only midway through the second half but in the period since the break Arsenal have just completely capitulated. After Bayern got the second, the hosts just grew more and more confidence and actually look the more likely team to go on and get more goals.
Ospina comes out to close down Lewandowski and finds himself in no-mans-land near the byline which allows the Pole to ominously clip an attempt to the top corner. It comes off the crossbar in the end, and Gibbs is positioned well to clear off the line following Robben’s rebound.
Arsenal actually started the second period relatively well and were continuing their pressing from the latter part of the first half, but Koscielny being replaced has just thrown them out of their mindset ever-so-slightly. They may just need a couple of minutes to find their feet again.
Substitution – Laurent Koscielny >> Gabriel Armando de Abreu
Unfortunately for Arsenal, Koscielny is going to have to come off and his replacement will be Gabriel. The good news is that Ospina can continue between the sticks, though.
A small break in play at the moment as Arsenal have just turned into the walking wounded. Koscielny and Ospina BOTH have problems, with the latter looking particularly bad as he clutches his shoulder following an altercation with Costa. Terrible misfortune for the Gunners.
We are back under way at the Allianz!
Half-time at the Allianz. A highly entertaining opening 45 minutes comes to an end as Bayern and Arsenal head into the break at 1-1. Robben opened the scoring with a screamer into the top corner, but the Gunners rallied and eventually scored through Alexis, who netted after missing a penalty moments previously. Cracking second period to come!
VITAL SAVE FROM NEUER! Arsenal break forward on the counter and it is Ozil who leads the charge before Alexis and then Oxlade-Chamerlain sees the ball. The cross is reversed teasingly to the edge of the box from the Englishman and it is Xhaka who meets it with a clean half-volley, but it is straight down the throat of the grateful German stopper.
That goal from Alexis really has given Arsenal a kick up the backside as they are much more intense in their pressing of Bayern in the midfield areas. However, they still need to be vigilant of the runs in behind as Xabi Alonso and Thiago can stick pick out threaded passes even with two or three players around.