FC Arsenal 1 – Bayern Munich 3

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February 19, 2013
UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, first leg

1 – FC ARSENAL (Eng) —————— Podolski 55′
3 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ——— Kroos 7′, Mueller 21′, Mandzukic 77′

Two goals inside the first twenty-one minutes gave the visitors a firm grip on the game and a third strike with just under a quarter hour to play confirmed the current Bundesliga leaders’ superiority as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH stormed to a vital 3-1 away triumph over hosting English Premier League club FC ARSENAL in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen.

Bayern Munich, who arrived in London having gone unbeaten in its last eighteen matches from all competitions, grabbed the lead in only the seventh minute when in-form winger THOMAS MUELLER cut a lovely cross back to the top of the box for Germany national team constituent TONI KROOS. A brilliant volley first-time from the 22-year-old central attacking midfielder swerved past FC Arsenal’s diving Poland international WOJCIECH SZCZESNY and stunned the capacity crowd of 59,974 at the Emirates Stadium. A third goal in the UEFA Champions League this term for Kroos, who has also netted six times for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, as well.

Mueller, who has scored 11 goals and added 12 assists in 20 Bundesliga matches for the Bavarians on this 2011/12 campaign, snatched his fourth goal in the UEFA Champions League this term soon enough. Belgium international centerback DANIEL VAN BUYTEN came forward for a Bayern Munich corner kick in the 21st minute and forced a sharp save from Szczesny with a close range header. But Mueller was instantly able to poke the rebound home right out of mid-air and leave FC Arsenal with an early mountain to climb.

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER punches the ball away from Germany national team constituent and FC Arsenal centerback PER MERTESACKER, the 28-year-old veteran with 86 caps for Deutschland who was purchased by the Gunners from Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen for a reported 8.0 million English pounds last summer, during the UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 first leg clash at the Emirates Stadium in the North London.
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Despite the fact that Bayern Munich, according to the official website of the UEFA Champions League, had more attempts at goal (16-12) than FC Arsenal it was the Gunners who actually managed to get more shots on target (9-8) than their guests from Bavaria. Indeed, it was a former Bayern Munich player who breathed new life into FC Arsenal after Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER made a mess of an in-swinging corner kick ten minutes after the break. Germany World Cup winger LUKAS PODOLSKI, the Gunners’ highly experienced summer signing from relegated 1.FC Koeln who cost a reported 11.0 million English pounds, happily halved FC Arsenal’s deficit after the set piece was inexplicably allowed to bounce six yards out right in front.

Neuer regained his composure, however, and ultimately ended up with eight saves in the match with FC Arsenal in London for what was easily his best performance, at least in terms of number of shots blocked, for this entire 2012/13 UEFA Champions League campaign.

The introduction of Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN for France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who had been directly involved in the first goal for the visitors, just after the hour clearly rejuvenated the Bayern Munich attack. A great first touch from the Dangerous Dutchman and niftly little feed for overlapping fullback PHILIPP LAHM resulted in a third goal for the Bavarians with a little less than a quarter of an hour to play. Croatia international MARIO MANDZUKIC, the 26-year-old striker who entered the European contest with the Gunners in England as the joint top scorer in the German Bundesliga with 15 goals for Bayern Munich this term, somehow bundled Lahm’s low cross into the back of the and netted his very first goal of this UEFA Champions League campaign in the process.

The Bavarian troops of trainer JUPP HEYNCKES look to be in a heavily fortified position, particularly having scored three goals away, for the return leg with FC Arsenal at home in Munich …

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Bayern Munich midfielder TONI KROOS (39), the growing offensive threat who has now scored nine goals for the Bavarians in all compeitions this season, hops over the sliding challenge of Germany national team constituent and FC Arsenal centerback PER MERTESACKER (4) during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match at the Emirates Stadium in the nothern Islington borough of London, England.
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FC ARSENAL : Szczesny – Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen – Wilshere, Arteta – Ramsey (Rosicky 71′), Cazorla, Podolski (Giroud 71′) – Walcott

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 73′), Ribery (Robben 63′) – Mandzukic (Gomez 78′)

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Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 - First Leg - Arsenal v Bayern Munich - Emirates Stadium

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