Arsenal revived their hopes of qualifying to the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League after battling to a 2-0 win over a dominant yet wasteful Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium, Tuesday night.
The Gunners were bossed and bullied by Pep Guardiola’s men but had the last laugh thanks to a goal each from substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil who left the home side celebrating a famous first ever win against the Bavarians.
Giroud, a 74th minute substitute, took only three minutes to get on the scoresheet, putting his full weight behind Santi Carzola’s free-kick to give Arsenal the lead although there were hints of a handball.
Ozil then turned in Hector Bellerin’s cross despite Manuel Neuer’s efforts to claw it out.
Arsene Wenger’s men were indebted to keeper Petr Cech who made superb saves particularly from Thiago Alcantara and Arturo Vidal while on the other end, Neuer also excelled, a sensational save from Theo Walcott’s first-half header especially distinguished.
The win leaves Arsenal second from bottom of Group F ahead of the return leg in Munich. Olympiakos are joint top with Bayern after securing a 1-0 win away to Dinamo Zagreb thanks to a 79th minute strike from Nigerian international Brown Ideye.
Defending Champions, Barcelona needed two second half striker from Ivan Rakitic to overcome BATE Borisov 2-0 in Belarus. The Croatian entered the game as an early substitute, coming in for injured Sergi Roberto after 18 minutes and went on to score the two goals in the 48th and 64th minute off Neymar’s assists.
The Catalans are three points clear at the top of their Group E after Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma played to a 4-4 goalfest draw at BayArena.
Javier Hernandez had Leverkusen 2-0 up inside 20 minutes with a brace but Daniel De Rossi responded with two of his own before the interval.
Miralem Pjanic and Iago Falque put the visitors 4-2 up but Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi scored two quick goals for Bayer to wrap up an 8-goal thriller. The German side are second on 4 points while Roma are bottom on two points.
Premier League champions Chelsea were held to a barren draw away to Dinamo Kyiv, leaving Jose Mourinho’s men third in Group G which is led by Porto, 2-0 winners over Maccabi Tel-Aviv courtesy of goals from Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi.
Zenit St Petersburg made it three wins from three after a 3-1 defeat of Olympique Lyon. Artem Dzyuba put the Russian side ahead before Hulk and Danny also scored after Alexandre Lacazette had pulled the Ligue 1 outfit level.
Valencia are three points behind Zenit after a 2-1 win over Gent thanks to Sofiane Feghouli’s opener and Stefan Mitrovic’s own goal either side of Thomas Foket’s equalizer for the Belgian side.
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