After 45 minutes of play, Bayern Munich have a 2-0 lead over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London in the first leg of their Round-of-16 match of Champions League.
It didn’t take long for the Bundesliga giants to demonstrate their strength against an Arsenal squad that were eliminated from the FA Cup by lowly Blackburn just three day earlier. Attacking midfielder Toni Kroos accepted a cross from the right side and unleashed a powerful right-foot shot from just inside penalty box to give Bayern Munich the lead in the seventh minute.
It was an impressive goal by the 23-year-old, but it was a stunner considering how Arsenal had controlled possession in the early going and even created some solid chances along the right wing.
Bayern Munich controlled the momentum from there, as Arsenal appeared demoralized after surrendering an away goal.
In the 21st minute, Aaron Ramsey failed to mark Daniel van Buyten, and the central defender was able to head the ball on goal. Wojciech Szczesny blocked the effort, but Thomas Muller was there to pounce on the rebound to give the visitors the 2-0 lead.
Arsene Wenger made a surprise move by starting Theo Walcott up front, and sitting Olivier Giroud. The Gunners had some chances to get on the board, but Walcott and Lukas Podolski were neutralized by strong defending.
Bayern Munich took seven shots, with three on goal, while the Gunners took two shots with not one on target. Arsenal owned possession for 51 percent of the match.
Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, and Mikel Arteta have been booked with yellow cards for Arsenal. Bastian Schweinsteiger received a yellow card for Bayern Munich, as well.
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