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Bristling Bayern blacken Arsenal's nightmare with 3-1 win

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:22 AM
 
Arsenal's Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (left) comes to punch the ball as Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (centre, left) and Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez (centre, right) go for a high ball during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 football match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Feb 19, 2013. Munich loaded fresh misery onto beleaguered Arsenal with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Bayern Munich loaded fresh misery onto beleaguered Arsenal with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday that left them with one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Seeking a reaction after Saturday's shock FA Cup exit at the hands of second-tier Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal were instead soundly beaten by a Bayern side desperate to atone for last season's Champions League final heartache.

Runaway leaders in the Bundesliga, Bayern bossed the first half of the last 16, first leg, and went in 2-0 up at half-time through goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller.

Lukas Podolski replied early in the second half, breaching his former club's defence for the first time in 2013, but Mario Mandzukic struck late on to put Bayern firmly in control ahead of the second leg on March 13.

 
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