12 March, 2014 - 09:23

Champions League: Arsenal hold Bayern at Allianz Arena but leave the tournament

Bayern make it to the last eight of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Allianz Arena. Atletico Madrid outclass AC Milan in Madrid.

Arsenal produced a solid defensive performance to hold the German powerhouse in Munich, but did not have too many opportunities to overturn a two-goal deficit after the first leg. On 55 minutes Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring but Lukas Podolski equalized just two minutes later. However, the Germans never looked like conceding another two goals and killed the game off comfortably. Arjen Robben earned a soft penalty in injury time but Lukasz Fabianski made a brilliant double save to deny Thomas Mueller strike. The Dutch midfielder tried to con the referee earlier in the match, falling down in the box in front of Santi Cazorla and appealing for penalty, but surprisingly escaped a booking for diving.

Arsene Wenger was disappointed with such behaviour and labelled Robben a ‘great diver’:
“He’s a fantastic player, I would not deny that, he’s one of the best in the world, but he gets in front of the defender and slows down and goes down, and he gets the free-kicks.
“If the referee gives him a yellow card the first time he goes down, he will not do it again.”

Atletico Madrid outclassed pathetic AC Milan at Vicente Calderon to reach quartefinals for the first time since 1997. Diego Costa netted a brace, Arda Turan and Raul Garcia completed the thrashing. Kaka scored Milan’s only goal.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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