14 March, 2013 - 07:33

Champions League last-16 results: Arsenal are out despite 2-0 win over Bayern, Malaga sink Porto

Champions League last-16 results: Arsenal are out despite 2-0 win over Bayern, Malaga sink Porto

Despite Arsenal battling to an unlikely 2-0 win over mighty yet nervous Bayern Munich, they were eliminated 3-3 on away goals over the two legs of a last-16 tie.

Bayern Munich missed several first-team players, but were expected to do just enough see off the challenge of Arsenal. The German giants were dominating the possession and had a number of attempts at goal, but their profligacy meant they were unable to convert the chances into goals. Arsenal opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the game, with Giroud netting the goal of from Walcott’s delivery. Bayern Munich were really close to upset, as Koscielny scored the second goal with a fine header from Cazorla’s corner in the 85th minute. Although Arsenal knew one more goal would be enough for them to progress to the next round, they failed to get it.

The two-legged defeat put an end to Arsenal’s European campaign, meaning they face the eighth year without winning any silverware under Arsene Wenger.

In another match of the day Malaga produced a decent display to beat 10-man Porto 2-0 in the Champions League last-16 second leg and progress to the next round winning 2-1 on aggregate.

In-form midfielder Isco scored an excellent goal with a curling shot from outside of the area to give Malaga the lead in the 43rd minute. Things went from bad to worse for Porto, as Defour earned an early bath for persistent fouling in the 49th minute. On-loan Man City forward Roque Santa Cruz came from the bench to finally round off Malaga’s victory in the 77th minute with a good header from the corner.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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16 March 2013, 13:01

Haha, I wish Arsenal scored one more! That would be the most massive underestimation in the entire football history :)

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