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Pizarro leaves Arsenal out in the cold

Published: Wednesday 23 February 2005, 0.03CET
FC Bayern München 3-1 Arsenal FC Peruvian Claudio Pizarro strikes twice to put Bayern in command.

Match statistics

BayernArsenal

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners6
 
4
Offsides5
 
4
Fouls committed18
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

22 February 2005

Real Madrid
1-0
Juventus
Liverpool
3-1
Leverkusen
PSV
1-0
Monaco
Bayern
3-1
Arsenal

23 February 2005

Porto
1-1
Internazionale
Barcelona
2-1
Chelsea
Man. United
0-1
Milan
Werder
0-3
Lyon
 
Published: Wednesday 23 February 2005, 0.03CET

Pizarro leaves Arsenal out in the cold

FC Bayern München 3-1 Arsenal FC Peruvian Claudio Pizarro strikes twice to put Bayern in command.

By Andreas Alf at the Olympiastadion

FC Bayern München took a huge step towards the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as they built up a two-goal first-leg lead against Arsenal FC.

Peruvian stars
Peruvian international Claudio Pizarro was the man of the match, striking early in each half past Jens Lehmann. Hasan Salihamidzic added the third, but Kolo Touré did score late on to give the English champions hope for the return at Highbury in a fortnight.

Demichelis favoured
Bayern coach Felix Magath sprung a surprise by naming midfield players Mehmet Scholl and Owen Hargreaves as substitutes, Martin Demichelis instead handed a start in place of the injured Michael Ballack. The visitors were without defender Sol Campbell and forward Dennis Bergkamp, but Ashley Cole had recovered from illness and was able to begin on the bench, teenager Gaël Clichy stepping in at left-back.

Pizarro strikes
It was a perfect start for the 18-time German champions. Only four minutes had been played when Oliver Kahn punted three-quarters the length of the pitch. Touré failed to clear with a header and the ball fell nicely for Pizarro, who had no trouble in beating Lehmann to give Bayern the lead.

Patient Bayern
Shocked by the Peruvian's strike, Arsenal had problems getting into the game as they looked to display their usual quick attacking style. Magath's team let their opponents dominate possession but were defending strongly and countering at pace - the style many had expected the visitors to display.

Midfield congestion
While Patrick Vieira had little room to run the midfield for the Premiership team, the home side were not causing much danger in front of Lehmann's goal either. It meant the first half ended with little more for Lehmann or compatriot Oliver Kahn - both watched by attendant German national coach Jürgen Klinsmann - to do in a bitterly cold but still sold-out Olympiastadion.

Defence firm
Arsenal came out for the second half in determined mood and looked to put Bayern under more pressure. However, Lucio and Robert Kovac were holding firm in the centre of the home defence and kept Thierry Henry quiet despite Fredrik Ljungberg launching attack after attack on the Arsenal right.

Lehmann save
However, the first real chance of the half fell to Bayern. Zé Roberto's perfect cross fell for Roy Makaay to volley at goal four metres out, but Lehmann showed his mettle with a superb reflex save. A minute later, Lucio troubled Arsenal once more with a header after a Zé Roberto corner, but the ball went wide.

Lead doubled
Just before the hour, though, Bayern were two ahead. Magath decided it was time to unleash Scholl, and within seconds the substitute's free-kick found its way to Pizarro to head in his second goal of the night, giving Lehmann no chance.

Salihamidzic scores
It was to get even better for the Bundesliga leaders seven minutes later. Pizarro's pass brought Torsten Frings into action and the midfield player crossed over the advanced Lehmann on to the foot of Salihamidzic, who tapped in to make it 3-0.

Arsenal defeated
José Antonio Reyes had the visitors' first real chance after 70 minutes, but Kahn saw the Spanish youngster's free-kick fly wide. Frings then hit the side-netting and, perhaps glimpsing a chink of light, Arsenal reduced the arrears just before the end as Touré pounced to shoot past Kahn after Vieira had hit the post.

Last updated: 02/03/05 17.01CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

arsenal

Arsenal

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
Yellow Card30
3
LúcioLúcio
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
5
R.KovačRobert Kovač
Yellow Card90+3
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Substitution76
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card14
9
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
8
FringsTorsten Frings
12
LaurenLauren
Yellow Card76
10
MakaayRoy Makaay
14
HenryThierry Henry
11
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Substitution57
17
EduEdu
Substitution36
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal4
Goal58
Substitution68
18
CyganPascal Cygan
20
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
Goal65
Substitution75
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Substitution83
69
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
Goal88

Substitutes

22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution57
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Substitution83
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution76
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Substitution75
15
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
25
LinkeThomas Linke
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution36
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
20
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
33
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution68
39
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Erik Fisker (DEN)

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