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Champions League: Arsenal v Bayern Munich - LIVE



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JACK DE MENEZES
by Jack de Menezes

Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

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  • Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.
    2/19/2014 6:43:41 PM
  • 2/19/2014 6:45:36 PM
  • 45 mins: Two minutes of injury time in what has been a very entertaining - and nerve-wracking - first half.
    2/19/2014 8:32:00 PM
  • 45+1 mins: Yellow card for Mandzukic for a foul in the Arsenal area - I should mention that Boateng was also booked for the foul on Ozil that produced the first penalty.
    2/19/2014 8:32:54 PM
  • Half-Time: That's it for the first half.
    2/19/2014 8:33:56 PM
  • Half-Time: Well, I'll take a second to catch my breath. Somehow, we're goalless at the Emirates. We've had two missed penalties, a red card that sees Arsenal down to 10, a number of chances, an early injury for the Gunners, and we still have 135 minutes left to go before this two-legged tie is over. 
    2/19/2014 8:35:47 PM
  • Half-Time: From an Arsenal point of view, it was a half of what could've been. Ozil should have given them the lead from the spot, and the injury to Gibbs plus the Szczesny red card could severely hamper them. Sanogo and Oxlade-Chamberlain have looked very lively - their German midfield team-mate not so much. For Bayern, they have had their fair share of chances, but haven't quite had the dominance that we've become used to. A 0-0 draw will be a brilliant result for the Gunners from here.
    2/19/2014 8:39:02 PM
  • Szczesny sees red:


    2/19/2014 8:42:25 PM
  • Half-Time: Rafinha is coming on for Boateng, who was booked early on.
    2/19/2014 8:49:20 PM
  • 46 mins: The second half is underway!
    2/19/2014 8:49:34 PM
  • 46 mins: Robben and Gotze combine, and the latter finds Mandzukic on the six-yard line. He can't spin around though, and Mertesacker holds himself up enough to allow Koscielny to clear.
    2/19/2014 8:50:45 PM
  • 88 mins: And that's why Koscielny shouldn't charge up field. The centre-back just gets back in time to see Mertesacker dragged out of position by Pizzarro, but he fails to notice Thomas Muller running in behind him. Lahm picks out the forward perfectly, and he heads past Fabianski to double the lead. Arsenal were so close to holding out, but now find themselves with an enormous amount to do.
    2/19/2014 9:34:00 PM
  • 90 mins: It's not over yet, as Bayern deliver an unsuccessful corner. Two minutes of time added on, and Kroos nearly adds a third as he rattles the post from the same position to which he scored the first.
    2/19/2014 9:35:36 PM
  • 90+2 mins: That's it and Bayern Munich take a 2-0 lead back to Munich.
    2/19/2014 9:36:55 PM
  • Full-Time: Arsenal performed admirably and to their credit, much better than they did last season, and yet they will travel to Germany once more with a two-goal deficit. Bayern bossed the possession in both half's, and when Szczesny was sent-off you felt the wind go out of their sails. 
    2/19/2014 9:39:10 PM
  • Full-Time: Ozil simply couldn't afford to miss his penalty, yet he did just that and when Szczesny walked it looked like it had come back to haunt them immediately. Alaba's effort wasn't as bad, but it was wide enough to keep the scores level. But Bayern's advantage showed through in the second half and goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller saw Bayern home to a deserved victory.
    2/19/2014 9:41:24 PM
  • Full-Time: In the other match tonight, Diego Costa's late header will see Atletico Madrid return to Spain with a 1-0 advantage.
    2/19/2014 9:42:17 PM
  • Full-Time: Well, much like yesterday, the red card was a complete game-changer, and the away side leave with a 2-0 lead. That's all from me tonight. Join us again this weekend when we bring you full coverage of the Premier League. You can find all the reaction and player ratings HERE. Thanks for joining me and I'll see you again soon.
    2/19/2014 9:48:31 PM
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