Arsenal started the match brightly, moving the ball well and running in numbers at Bayern’s defense. The early domination culminated in a penalty kick, awarded after Jerome Boateng brought down Mesut Ozil in the box. Unfortunately for the Gunners, their marquee singing couldn’t beat Neuer and the score remained unchanged. It was an even game in the first half, with Bayern slowly but surely imposing their authority on the pitch.
Their slick passing and movement proved decisive in the 38th minute, when Arjen Robben received a delicious through ball and was fouled inside the penalty box by the Arsenal goalie. Szcsenzy was shown the marching orders, and although Alaba missed the penalty, it was an uphill task from here for Wenger’s team to come out with a positive result. The second half oversaw a total domination from the visiting team, and the goal was just a matter of time. They continued to build up patiently, targeting the left side where Rafinha and Robben were having fun with Monreal and Ozil.
The inevitable goal came 10 minutes into the second half, and it was a beauty from Toni Kroos. The German international sent an unstoppable curler from outside the box, leaving Fabianski with no chance. Arsenal have done well to keep the score line at just 1-0, but Bayern’s mounting pressure proved to be too much in the end. With just two minutes remaining, Thomas Muller scored the second goal and all but secured Bayern’s place into the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately we lost the bet we placed on both teams to score with odds from bet365. Things were looking good for us until the red card came, but after that the odds were firmly against us. Don’t miss our second leg tips, where we’ll try to make amends for yesterdays’ loss.
Result: -7 units, bet lost