By Walter Broeckx
A few changes in this CL match. Ospina continues to be the keeper in the CL and so far he has done nothing wrong in his CL matches to not give him the starting place.
A bit more unexpected maybe was the fact that Gibbs was chosen over Monreal. Maybe because to stop the speedy Robben a bit more? Xhaka also returned to midfield after having a long rest in the PL.
Arsenal team at the start: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis
On the beach: Cech, Gabriel, Monreal, Elneny, Walcott, Welbeck, Giroud
A first shot from Bayern after 8 minutes but a comfortable stop from Ospina. Bayern mostly with the ball so far but no real danger. Robben then with a run from the left flank cutting in and releasing an unstoppable shot in the top corner. Unstoppable for Ospina. You can’t leave him with so much space there. Goal for Bayern. 1-0 after 11 minutes. The next shot from Robben but this time an easy catch. Mustafi with a tackle from behind and a yellow card. This is the CL not the PL.
Arsenal not being able to hold on to the ball so far. Alexis just offside when he would have had a free run towards the keeper. A correct decision. Bayern keeps the ball like they can do and Arsenal chasing the ball. Arsenal with an attack but the cross from The Ox is cleared. Alexis fouled just outside the penalty area on a rare counter. A yellow card for Hummels. Özil with the free kick and Neuer cannot hold on to the ball but Bayern can clear and the assistant then gave an offside that didn’t look like one to me. Arsenal better in the match now and winning a corner. The corner is short taken and Koscielny is quick on the ball that is intercepted by Lewandowski who kicks wild against the ankle of Koscielny and that is a foul and a penalty. Alexis to take but Neuer stops the effort, Alexis tries the rebound but half misses it but gets a third chance and GOAL!!!!!! 1-1 after 30 minutes!
Alexis then is judged to foul a Bayern player and he thinks he overreacts but then Alexis pushes him and gets a yellow card. A cross hits the arm of Bellerin but as my German commentator explains this is not a deliberate handball so no penalty at all despite the protest of the Bayern players. The corner is headed over by Lewandowski after a short variant. My German match commentator also said that Neuer hadn’t conceded a penalty goal this season so far. After 38 minutes the stats say 7 shots for Bayern and 5 for Arsenal. Özil wins the ball and starts an Arsenal attack with Alexis. He gives the ball to The Ox who crosses it to the edge of the penalty area where Xhaka releases a fierce shot but straight at Neuer. Bayern not getting through the Arsenal defence anymore in the last minutes and Costa tries a desperate shot that goes very wide. Alaba with a cross but Lewandowski can’t direct his header. Hummels heads a free kick wide. Özil slips through and is one on one with Neuer but the angle favours the keeper who can stop his low shot with his foot. The last chance of the first half. 1-1 after 45 minutes.
Ospina goes down after having to come out a long way on a half back pass from Xhaka. Koscielny has to be replaced with an injury after 2 minutes. Gabriel comes on in his place. That is a big loss for Arsenal. Gabriel with a good interception to prevent Lewandowski on a cross from Alaba. Lahm then with a cross and Lewandowski heads it over the line. 2-1 for Bayern after 53 minutes. Ospina slipped when he tried to dive for the ball. Thiago then with a backheel from Lewandowski to Thiage who makes no mistake and puts the ball past Ospina. 3-1 after 56 minutes. The German reporter said when Koscielny went off that this would be a big loss for Arsenal. He sure was right. Lewandowski with another header but off target this time. Bayern on the counter as Arsenal try to do something back. Mustafi losing the ball but luckily Arsenal can clear. Xhaka gets a yellow card for a late foul. 3-1 after 60 minutes.
Lewandowski one on one to Ospina who can force him out but he can still have a shot that is deflected against the crossbar and Robben then shoots the rebound from close range against the knee and then the hand of Gibbs. Again no penalty but a corner. Ospina with a great stop but for another corner on a header from close distance. The next corner is cleared just outside the penalty area and Thiago shoots and the shot is deflected by Xhaka so that Ospina cannot prevent another goal. 4-1 after 63 minutes. A lucky goal according to my German match reporter.
After 65 minutes Walcott comes on for Iwobi. Vidal with a shot from distance but Ospina with a save. Lewandowski goes down but Mustafi clearly had played the ball. Giroud comes on after 75 minutes for Coquelin. Still 4-1 for Bayern.
Lewandowski then goes in needless on Ospina when the latter dived on a loose ball. Lewandowski trying to win another penalty when he runs in to Paulista. No foul says my German match commentator. Robben with a shooting chance but Ospina with a good stop. Costa with a good shot and again Ospina with a good save. Lahm stops The Ox on a counter and gets a yellow card for his foul. Walcott goes on the flank but his cross is cut out for a corner. Bayern clear but the counter leads to nothing. The Ox the gives the ball away right in front of our penalty area and Muller can score the 5-1 in minute 88. What a stupid mistake from The Ox.
In the first half after a good start from Bayern we could level the playing field and score an equaliser. In the second half Bayern was clearly the better team, losing Koscielny was a big handicap and a stupid mistake are things you can’t afford against a team like Bayern.