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Bayern score three to take charge against Arsenal

Published: Tuesday 19 February 2013, 22.50CET
Arsenal FC 1-3 FC Bayern München
Bayern conceded for the first time in 2013, but Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Mandžukić put them in pole position to reach the last eight.
by Tom Kell
from Arsenal Stadium

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ArsenalBayern

Goals scored1
 
3
on target9
 
8
off target3
 
8
Corners2
 
8
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
19
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45

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Published: Tuesday 19 February 2013, 22.50CET

Bayern score three to take charge against Arsenal

Arsenal FC 1-3 FC Bayern München
Bayern conceded for the first time in 2013, but Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Mandžukić put them in pole position to reach the last eight.

FC Bayern München have one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a 3-1 win at Arsenal FC in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Bayern looked certain to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 games when Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller rubber-stamped the visitors' superiority with goals in the opening 21 minutes.

Though Lukas Podolski headed in against his former side – the first time Bayern had been breached in more than seven hours – Mario Mandžukić gave the Bavarians an ominous advantage to take into the return on 13 March, when Bastian Schweinsteiger will be suspended after a first-half booking tonight.

The early energy of Santi Cazorla, surprisingly deployed on the right with Theo Walcott through the middle, was typical of the home team's initial brightness. Their momentum, though, was punctured on seven minutes when Kroos met Müller's cross with a sweet first-time finish from the edge of the penalty area.

Untimely as that proved for Arsenal, it enabled Bayern to settle into a characteristically serene stride. They were two to the good midway through the opening period when Wojciech Szczęsny repelled Daniel Van Buyten's header from a corner and Müller bundled in.

Frustrated by an impressively conscientious visiting midfield, the Gunners found it difficult to heed the words of their manager – "we have 180 minutes to qualify, we must not rush" – for the remainder of the first half. Bayern, by contrast, were now content to pick their moments and could so easily have gone three up on the stroke of half-time, Mandžukić heading Philipp Lahm's cross just wide.

So steely and disciplined, Jupp Heynckes' side appeared in little danger of conceding for the first time in 2013 until, inexplicably, Manuel Neuer found himself stranded and Jack Wilshere's corner was allowed to bounce in the heart of their box – Podolski did the rest.

Though Franck Ribéry soon shot harmlessly off target, Kroos chanced his arm once more and Javi Martínez nodded narrowly over, Bayern lacked the poise they had shown prior to the interval. From despondency to buoyancy in the blink of the eye, Arsenal sniffed a draw, Olivier Giroud going particularly close to equalising when he struck Walcott's cross straight at Neuer less than a minute after coming on.

All that impetus dissipated with 13 minutes remaining, however, when Lahm centred from the right and the ball looped in off Mandžukić. It confirmed Bayern's first triumph in the English capital at the sixth attempt and, after this display, they are a step closer to returning on 25 May.

Last updated: 13/03/13 0.27CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

bayern

Bayern

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
Yellow Card22
4
DanteDante
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
Yellow Card15
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution63
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Yellow Card24
9
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Goal77
Substitution78
9
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Goal55
Yellow Card66
Substitution72
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Yellow Card90
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal21
Yellow Card58
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Yellow Card67
Substitution71
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card36
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
39
KroosToni Kroos
Goal7
Substitution73

Substitutes

24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
22
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution63
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution71
11
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Substitution72
13
RafinhaRafinha
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Substitution73
22
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
33
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution78
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

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