Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich

Despite Bayern Munich having 70% possession, Arsenal recorded their first victory in Group F of the Champions League and kept their hopes of qualifying alive. Bayern Munich started well and Cech was forced into a good save following a one-two moving the ball into the Arsenal area. However, the best chance of the half fell to Walcott, who had a header magnificently saved by Manuel Neuer. Munich continued pressing in the second half, but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Giroud opened the scoring in the 76th minute after coming on as a substitute; Neuer came out to collect a free kick, missed the ball and it hit Giroud and went into the net. Ozil completed the scoring in stoppage time, although it initially appeared that Neuer had produced another wonderful save after clawing the ball out, but the official behind the goal gave it as a goal, which replays confirmed.

Bayern controlled the ball well, but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Cech made a couple of good saves, but most were routine. In contrast, Arsenal allowed Bayern to have the ball and looked to hit them on the break, using the pace of Walcott. The tactic worked well and it will be interesting to see if Arsenal take the same approach in Germany and if they do, if Bayern will have a way of breaking them down.


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