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Accomplished Bayern poised for last eight

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:50 pm

Bayern were made to work at times by a willing Arsenal side in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday, but the Gunners were left chasing shadows for long spells too, as the Bundesliga leaders tilted the balance of the tie firmly in their favour with an accomplished and composed away performance.

The 59,974 full house at the magnificently appointed Emirates Stadium saw Toni Kroos open the scoring from a Thomas Müller cut-back with just seven minutes played, Müller himself doubling the advantage from close range midway through the first half.

The Reds were in the box seat, but the Gunners raised their game and Lukas Podolski pulled one back with a looping header ten minutes after the restart. It was a knife-edge affair for a long period with chances at both ends, but Mario Mandzukic forced home from close range to restore the two-goal lead 13 minutes from time

The result means Bayern are firm favourites to progress to the last eight ahead of the decisive return at the Allianz Arena on 13 March. FCB are next in action at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.

As expected, Heynckes made just one change to the team from the 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg last Friday, restoring fit-again Javi Martinez in central midfield in place of Luiz Gustavo. A star-studded subs' bench included stellar attacking options with the likes of Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Xherdan Shaqiri.

It meant the starting line-up comprised Manuel Neuer in goal, David Alaba, Dante, Daniel van Buyten and captain Philipp Lahm in defence, Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger anchoring the midfield, Müller and Franck Ribery out wide, and Kroos in the hole behind Mario Mandzukic.

Arsenal and under-fire boss Arsene Wenger, seeking to bounce back from a disastrous FA Cup exit last weekend, started with Germany internationals Per Mertesacker and former FCB man Podolski in an attacking line-up, surprisingly featuring England international Theo Walcott in a central striking role rather than ex-Montpellier man Olivier Giroud.

Once Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen whistled play underway on a crisp and clear night in north London, Santi Carorla and Aaron Ramsey both darted behind the FCB defence in the early exchanges, but Müller also made headway against marker Thomas Vermaelen, and it was the Germany star who set up Kroos to open the scoring with a 12-yard half-volley just seven minutes into the match.

The home side were rattled and FCB seized the initiative, Schweinsetiger arrowing a 16th-minute free-kick wide, and Ribery finding Lahm with a sweeping crossfield pass only for Mertesacker to block. But the second goal was not long in the coming, Müller stabbing home from close range on 21 minutes after Martinez applied a flick to Kroos' flighted corner.

The Gunners resorted to some roughhouse stuff for a time and picked up three yellow cards, but FCB repelled the home side's angry efforts to gain a foothold with a blend of disciplined defending and firm tackling.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Schweinsteiger also saw yellow and now misses the return in three weeks' time. Arsenal rallied in the run-up to the break, but Heynckes' side massed on the edge of their own box and restricted the home side to half-chances at best. At the other end, Mandzukic shaved the post with a header from a Lahm cross on the stroke of half-time, as the sides turned round with the Bundesliga leaders firmly in the box seat.

It was whirlwind stuff from both sides in the spell after the restart, but although Santi Cazorla saw his shot deflected, Podolski was on hand to nod the ensuing corner over the line on 55 minutes when the FCB defence failed to clear their lines.

That galvanised the crowd, and although Ribery fired a dipping shot over the bar, the Bundesliga leaders looked just a shade ragged for a period. But the visitors fought back and Arsenal keeper Woijciech Szczesny fingertipped a Kroos piledriver over the bar, before Martinez landed a header on the roof of the net.

Heynckes withdrew Ribery and sent on Robben after 63 minutes, and the action came thick and fast now, Schweinsteiger bending another free-kick over Szczesny's bar, Neuer saving at Jack Wilshere's feet, and sub Giroud blasting his first touch of the ball straight at the FCB keeper from point-blank range.

Luiz Gustavo took over from Kroos for the last quarter of an hour, but Munich had an ace up their sleeve when Mandzukic brilliantly released Robben, who in turn set up Lahm to cross, the big Croat himself bundling the ball over the line to make the score 3-1. Gomez replaced the goalscorer and screwed a Szczesny spill over the bar, but Neuer saved from Wilshere

Chris Hamley reporting from Emirates Stadium for fcbayern.de
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Re: Accomplished Bayern poised for last eight

Postby MUTU » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:07 pm

FCBayernNews wrote:But the second goal was not long in the coming, Müller stabbing home from close range on 21 minutes after Martinez applied a flick to Kroos' flighted corner.

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Re: Accomplished Bayern poised for last eight

Postby quaazi » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:20 pm

It was.
The ideal team

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Re: Accomplished Bayern poised for last eight

Postby samaj » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:58 pm

Yes it was.
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