Bayern Munich take advantage of red card beating Arsenal 2-0

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:37 PM by Shane Barrow

Can you say wide open?  Attacking soccer was on display from the opening whistle as both sides attacked in waves for the opening 30 minutes.  In only the 3rd minute Batern Munich fired the opening shot of the night when Arjen Robben let loose from 20 yards out.  Arsenal keeper Szczesny was up to the task though as he flew across his net making a tremendous one handed save tipping the ball around the post.  World class!

Arsenal came right back though forcing Bayern keeper Neuer into action as he made a top flight save of his own going low to make the save on a Sonogo shot.  Only a minute later Arsenal earned a penalty as Ozil cut inside Boateng and was dropped in the box.

Boateng saw yellow and Ozil stepped to the spot looking to give Arsenal the important lead.  Neuer was up to the task though as he dove to his left and pawed the kick to safety.  Not the most well taken penalty on Ozil's part.

The game settled from there and Bayern Munich really began to take control of the match.  Aside from an occasional attack from Oxlade-Chamberlain it was all Bayern as they confused Arsenal back.

In the 37th their persistence was rewarded.  A wonderful run from Robben got him on the end of a chip with Szczesny racing out.  Robben got a touch first and Szczesny chopped him down.  Penalty and a red card to Szczesny.

Santi Cazorla had to sub off to allow Arsenal to bring on a new keeper in Fabianski.  Alaba stepped up for the penalty kick and, just like Ozil previously, was unable to convert as he fired off the left post.   Fifty minutes to play and Arsenal would have to survive on ten men.

And that was the end of the wide open soccer unfortunately.  The Szczesny red card just killed the match unfortunately.  Arsenal could do little more than sit back and absorb the Bayern attacks.  In the 54th they paid as Tony Kroos rifled home from just outside the penalty area.  A classy strike and Bayern not only had the lead, but also a precious away goal as well.  Arsenal would have to keep this to a one goal game at worst.

Arsenal fought valiantly but it was not to be. Thomas Mueller broke the Londoners hearts with only a couple of minutes left to play as his diving header skipped past Fabianski making it 2-0 for the visitors.  It leaves Arsenal an almost impossible task of going to Germany and having to win handily against the champions.  Looks like a cruel exit for Arsenal from the Champions League in 2014.