Bayern Munich has defeated Arsenal in a Champions League match played at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. Bayern Munich won the match by 3-1.
For this all important encounter, Arsene Wenger made a lot of changes in his team. There were a total of seven changes in the starting XI that had played the FA Cup match against the Blackburn Rovers.
Bayern gave the hosts the first blow pretty early in the match. In the seventh minute, Toni Kroos opened the scoring for Bayern. It was poor defending by the Gunners. A cross from Thomas Muller from the right should have been cleared, but, that didn’t happen. Kroos got the ball just inside the penalty area and he didn’t make any mistake whatsoever. A powerful shot by the 23 years old took the ball over the head of the Arsenal goalie into the net.
Bayern didn’t take much time in doubling its lead. In the 21st minute, Daniel Van Buyten latched on a fine corner kick and headed the ball towards the goal. The ball went straight towards Wojciech Szczesny, but, he couldn’t gather it properly.
He only pushed the ball at a short distance in front of him. Thomas Muller was there to capitalize on that rebound. He just tapped the ball into the net and took Bayern ahead by 2-0.
Arsenal managed to reduce the lead to 1-2 in the 55th minute. That goal came off a corner kick. Mikel Arteta’s shot went to Lukas Podolski who found the net with a slight deflection.
But, the Gunners again got trailed by 2 goals when Mario Mandzukic scored the third goal for Bayern in the 77th minute. It was Philipp Lahm who set up the goal with a low cross.
After that, it was an uphill task for the Gunners. They needed a couple of goals quickly, but, a tight Bayern defense didn’t give them that opportunity and they eventually lost the game.
Bayern Munich will again face Arsenal at the Allianz Arena on 13th of March.