Wednesday, 8 March 2017

UCL Round Of 16 Second Leg: Arsenal Out; Real Madrid Advance

Bayern Munich confirmed their spot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-1 win at 10-man Arsenal on Tuesday to advance 10-2 on aggregate.
A first-half Theo Walcott goal gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope, but Laurent Koscielny was sent off while conceding a penalty soon after the break, and Robert Lewandowski scored from the spot.

Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa then added goals before a Arturo Vidal added gloss to the scoreline with a late brace.

With the result mostly in hand after the 5-1 first leg in Germany, many Arsenal fans began their night with a pregame march to the Emirates calling for Arsene Wenger to step down.

And after Arsenal were dealt an additional blow by losing Danny Welbeck to an injury in the warm-up.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid weathered an early storm before easing through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Napoli that gave them a 6-2 win on aggregate.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Napoli threw everything they had at the reigning champions in an electrifying early spell, and took a deserved lead through Dries Mertens midway through the first half.

But after Cristiano Ronaldo struck a post before the break, Sergio Ramos levelled and forced a Mertens own goal in the space of six second-half minutes to turn the tie on its head, with Alvaro Morata adding a final flourish at the end.

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