Bayern Munich 0-2 Arsenal: Dante and Luiz Gustavo help Bavarians progress despite defeat
Bayern Munich reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Allianz Arena this evening.
Brazilian duo Dante and Luiz Gustavo started the second leg tie in front of a sell-out 68,000 crowd, as Bayern attempted to preserve their 3-1 aggregate lead.
Oliver Giroud stunned the home fans when he converted in the third minute of play after Theo Walcott crossed a low ball through the legs of Dante.
Bayern were shocked but gradually began to dominate possession and had a chance of their own through Gustavo, who recently earned a call-up from Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The Brazilian midfielder fired over the bar from just outside the box, while Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller also went close to grabbing first-half equalisers.
At the break Arsene Wenger’s side still needed to score two more goals and not to concede in order to progress against the odds.
However, they struggled to get a foothold in the game after the restart as Arjen Robben forced a save from visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Luiz Gustavo tried to tickle the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards in the 65th-minute, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Laurent Koscielny's 86th-minute header set up a dramatic finale as the Gunners went in search of one more goal.
With the aggregate score at 3-3, the hosts managed to survive three minutes of stoppage time without any major problems, although it was not the march into the last eight that many expected.