Defending Champion Bayern Munich eased into the 2014 Champions League quarterfinals after drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in the 2nd leg at the Allianz Arena, winning 3-1 on aggregate score.
It was always going to be a tall order for Arsene Wenger’s men after losing the first leg of their last-16 tie 2-0 in London last month.
And so it proved, despite a resilient effort from the Barclays Premier League side, who equalised through Lukas Podolski having fallen behind to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s close-range effort early in the second half.
There was late drama when Lukasz Fabianski saved a stoppage-time penalty from Thomas Muller for what looked a soft decision for a challenge by Laurent Koscielny on Arjen Robben.
However, unlike previous campaigns all is not yet lost for the Gunners this season, as they head to Tottenham on Sunday looking to get themselves back in the title race and can look ahead to an FA Cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley in April.
1st Leg FT = 2-0
2nd Leg FT = 1-1
Bayern Munich – Bastian Schweinsteiger 54′ •
Arsenal – Lukas Podolski 57′
Aggregate score: Bayern Munich 3 – 1 Arsenal