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Bayern hold out at Highbury

Published: Thursday 10 March 2005, 0.47CET
Arsenal 1-0 Bayern München (agg: 2-3) Thierry Henry's glorious goal is in vain for the home side.

Match statistics

ArsenalBayern

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners4
 
10
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
25
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 10 March 2005, 0.47CET

Bayern hold out at Highbury

Arsenal 1-0 Bayern München (agg: 2-3) Thierry Henry's glorious goal is in vain for the home side.

By Trevor Haylett at Highbury

FC Bayern München stayed calm and resolute under fierce late pressure from Arsenal FC to book their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Towers of strength
When Thierry Henry scored in the 66th minute, the German side's 3-1 first-leg advantage came under real threat but they held on. Lucio and Robert Kovac were towers of strength in defence for Felix Magath's team and Henry was well marshalled. His goal was a delight but it was not enough and Arsenal's dream of European glory died for another year.

Senderos debut
Chasing the game after losing in Munich two weeks ago, the return of Dennis Bergkamp was welcome for Arsenal, as was Ashley Cole's inclusion at left-back after injury prevented him from making any more than a brief substitute appearance in the first leg. With both Sol Campbell and Pascal Cygan absent, Philippe Senderos was handed his Champions League debut for the London side. For Bayern, Michael Ballack's return offset the loss of Roy Makaay and their other changes showed the inclusion of Sebastian Deisler and José Paolo Guerrero.

Vieira block
After the first leg, the visitors had warned of the big task that still awaited them at Highbury and the early exchanges suggested they were well up for the task. One biting challenge from Bixente Lizarazu put Claudio Pizarro in control and when he laid the ball off to Ballack the shot he unleashed was fierce and true - and might have given Jens Lehmann a problem had Patrick Vieira not got in the way.

Arsenal ruffled
Eager and quick to put their opponents under pressure, Bayern won all the important early tackles and rushed Arsenal out of their normal composed style. Consequently both Bergkamp and Henry were allowed no space in which to work.

Two bookings
The temperature rose and both Bergkamp and Martin Demichelis were cautioned, the latter offence leading to an Arsenal free-kick from which Vieira eventually volleyed wide. Bayern then forced two corners in quick succession, both of which produced efforts on goal after Lehmann lacked distance with his punched clearances.

Kahn rescue
The visitors had clearly decided that attack was the best form of defence and after Willy Sagnol had raided down the right, Deisler tried in vain to lob the goalkeeper. Arsenal then enjoyed a good spell before the break and Oliver Kahn came to his side's rescue with a crucial block when Henry got away down the left.

Keeper assured
Bayern had achieved their first objective, namely to reach half-time with their lead intact. They knew that the second half would see Arsenal attack with even more resolution and it was a comfort to the visitors that Kahn's handling stood up to two early tests. Following a free-kick, Vieira tamed the ball on his chest and then saw his left-foot volley skid beyond the far post.

Sensible defending
Whenever the ball was transferred down the other end of the field, Senderos was distinguishing himself with steady, sensible defending, using his strength to hold off Guerrero as he tried to wriggle clear in the area.

Henry strikes
Just past the hour, Arsenal made a double substitution, bringing on Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas for José Antonio Reyes and Matthieu Flamini and within two minutes they had scored, Henry bringing a high ball from Cole under control in a flash before dispatching it past a helpless Kahn. But despite the home side's late onslaught, Bayern held on.

Last updated: 10/03/05 9.49CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

bayern

Bayern

1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
3
LúcioLúcio
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Substitution80
5
R.KovačRobert Kovač
9
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution63
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card21
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
Yellow Card20
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card68
12
LaurenLauren
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
14
HenryThierry Henry
Goal66
20
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
Yellow Card58
Substitution90+2
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution63
26
DeislerSebastian Deisler
Substitution73
20
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
33
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution85
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
Yellow Card67
69
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

13
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Substitution63
9
HashemianVahid Hashemian
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution80
11
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Substitution73
15
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution63
Yellow Card90+1
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Substitution90+2
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
25
LinkeThomas Linke
Substitution85
42
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Vincenzo Mitro (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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