Arsenal were for the seventh straight season eliminated from the Champions League last-16. This time though, the exit will be more hurtful due to the scoreline. Bayern Munich won 5-1 in the first leg and repeated that margin in the second to win by an astounding 10-2 aggregate scoreline. This is only the second biggest aggregate win for a German side against an English opponent in Europe. Arsenal could lament that their woes were only due to the rather harsh decision of Laurent Koscielny being sent off which allowed the floodgates to open for Bayern. In fact, nine of the ten goals in the two games have come with the Frenchman off the pitch.
In the other game on the night, Sergio Ramos continued to be in the right place at the right time for Real Madrid to score two quick goals in the second half to overturn a Napoli lead at the half time break. Toni Kroos played a helping hand in both those goals for the defending champions. Alvaro Morata provided the cherry on the cake at the end to close it out for a 3-1 win and 6-2 on aggregate.
Champions League second leg updates:
0303 hrs IST: FULL TIME! ARSENAL HAVE BEEN HUMILIATED AND SWEPT ASIDE BY BAYERN MUNICH AT THE EMIRATES. BAYERN WIN 5-1 ON THE NIGHT AND 10-2 ON AGGREGATE.
FULL TIME IN NAPLES! REAL MADRID NEEDED A BRACE FROM SKIPPER SERGIO RAMOS TO REMOVE ANY NERVES. ALVARO MORATA ADDED A LATE THIRD. MADRID WIN 3-1 VS NAPOLI AND 6-2 ON AGGREGATRE
0305 hrs IST: GOAL!! Alvaro Morata gets a late goal to only add to his goal tally and take this game further from Napoli – if it were possible. 3-1 to Real Madrid and it is all but over
0301 hrs IST: Bellerin has a go from outside the box but his shot goes away from the box as Neuer makes a desperate dive. Some encouraging signs but way too late for that
0259 hrs IST: GOAL!! Almost a training exercise now from Bayern Munich. Renato Sanchez finds the gap down the middle, Douglas Costa has the ball and he has Vidal for company with Ospina to beat. Brazil lays it on for Vidal to get his second. Arsenal are now a massive 1-5 down – repeat of the hammering in the first leg and 2-10 on aggregate.
0251 hrs IST: GOAL!!! Bayern scoring at will now. Vidal with an exquisite chip past Ospina after Arsenal make another passing error at the back. Three Bayern shirts gallop towards Ospina and Vidal just casually dinks it over him. It is 4-1 now and 9-2 on aggregate….
0249 hrs IST: GOAL!! Xhaka tries to get a sliding tackle in but misses and Bayern counter attack is on. Douglas Costa carries the ball and has more Bayern shirts to his left but he opts not to use them and curls it to Ospina’s right and into the back of the net. Only compounding Arsenal’s woes now. 3-1 now and 8-2 on aggregate
0248 hrs IST: CROSSBAR! Lewandowski hits the underside of the goal post. Meets a low cross and slides to try and put it into the back of the net but finds the goalpost
0243 hrs IST: Wholesome changes for Arsenal: Ramsey off for Coquelin, Ozil for Giroud, Lucas Perez for Alexis Sanchez. For Bayern, former-Chelsea man Robben goes off amid boos from the Arsenal faithful to be replaced by Douglas Costa
0241 hrs IST: GOAL!! Bayern have won 14 of their last 16 matches in an unbeaten run and they are headed towards making it 15 from 17. Robben helps in that cause as he slots the ball past Ospina. Arsenal try to play it out of their area but end up giving the ball away to Robben who doesn’t miss in curling the left footed shot into the corner of the goal
0236 hrs IST: Bayern making most of the man advantage and testing Ospina. Lewandowski with a header and then a low shot to test the Arsenal goalkeeper who keeps the scoreline intact. But the mood in the Arsenal side of things can be felt with a silent fan support. All the noise from the Bayern fans
0233 hrs IST: GOAL!! From 1-0 down, Real Madrid have turned the game on its head with the same two men involved. Ramos, once again, rises to meet a Kroos cross to bullet a header low past Reina. And with two set-pieces, two goals have been scored. Napoli now need four to progress into the last-8
0227 hrs IST: GOAL!! Meanwhile in Naples, Sergio Ramos has Real Madrid back in the contest and creates some breathing room for the Spaniards. He’s made it 1-1 on the night and 2-4 on aggregate. An all important away goal as well. Kroos swings the ball in, and Ramos rises high to head it beyond Reina. Flicks it into the far corner
0226 hrs IST: PENALTY! Robert Lewandowski is brought down by Laurent Koscielny inside the box. First a yellow card for the Frenchman for preventing a goalscoring opportunity and then the referee reconsiders to change his decision to a RED CARD! Lewandowski steps up to take the penalty and puts it into the right side of the goal and Bayern level the game at 1-1 and have the away goal to extend their aggregate advantage to 6-2.
0222 hrs IST: Bayern Munich have the ball in the back of the Arsenal net as Mats Hummels makes a neat run inside the Arsenal box behind the defence. But he’s offside on the Xabi Alonso run
0220 hrs IST: CHANCE! Giroud heads it over after finding space in the Bayern box and unmarked to head it into the back of the net. But he can’t keep his header down after not getting his body in correct place
0218 hrs IST: PEEP! PEEP! Second half is underway. Arsenal lead 1-0 and Napoli do too by the same margin. Three clear goals for Arsenal will seal passage, Napoli need one to progress if they don’t concede
0211 hrs IST: Danny Welbeck isn’t injured he proclaims, just ill at the wrong time
No injury, no tweak, just ill at the wrong moment. Devastated I couldn’t play tonight.
— Danny Welbeck (@DannyWelbeck) 7 March 2017
0201 hrs IST: HALF TIME IN BOTH GAMES WITH BOTH AT 1-0 TO THE HOME SIDES. ARSENAL LEAD 1-0 COURTESY THEO WALCOTT AND NAPOLI ARE UP WITH A MERTENS GOAL.
0157 hrs IST: OFF THE WOODWORK! Mertens is on the turn and the Belgian beats the two defenders and then Keylor Navas but the ball hits the outside of the post and goes out for a throw in
0154 hrs IST: Arsenal breathe a sigh of relief as Robert Lewandowski misses the back of the net. That doesn’t happen too often. Scuffs wide of Ospina on the half volley.
0149 hrs IST: Walcott once again darts down the right and is into the box but this time his attempt at finding the near post fails. Only manages to hit the side netting under pressure from a Bayern shirt. Prior to that, he was accused of cheating and looking for a penalty by Javi Martinez.
0146 hrs IST: WOODWORK! Cristiano Ronaldo rounds Pepe Reina but his shot cannons back off the upright and Napoli survive an equaliser and an away goal
0141 hrs IST: GOAL! Mertens scores and Napoli lead 1-0 on the night with the aggregate reduced to one goal. Real Madrid lead 3-2 in this tie. Mertens now has five goals in eight games.
0139 hrs IST: Bayern Munich with two good chances. Vidal is penalised for a possible foul on Bellerin and another chance is blocked. Momentum once again back with Bayern
0135 hrs IST: GOAL!! Theo Walcott with a thunderous finish into the roof of the net with Manuel Neuer beaten. Really good finish that from the England striker after skipping past two Bayern defenders. Creeps in from the near post and Neuer would be disappointed to not have at least got a hand to it. Arsenal 1-0, down 2-5 on aggregate
0131 hrs IST: Walcott tries to twist and turn into the Bayern penalty box to create that yard to get a shot on but he’s denied that luxury. Sanchez tries to lap in on the space but he’s denied too. Arsenal piling on the pressure. Cross from the right intended for Giroud and Javi Martinez heads it away for a corner. And nothing from the resultant set piece. Stays 0-0 after 17 minutes
0128 hrs IST: Giroud making his presence felt inside the box. Leaps highest and causes Bayern some problems with his aerial prowess. But his header is narrowly wide.
0123 hrs IST: Seven minutes in and Bayern have more of the ball. Dominating the possession, as they do, but no real chance yet. Little concern as Robben cuts in from the right on his left foot but an outstretched Arsenal leg deflects it for a corner. Nothing comes from it
0118 hrs IST: NEWS: Danny Welbeck picked up an injury in the warm-up and Olivier Giroud has come in as a replacement.
0115 hrs IST: And we’re off! Play is underway. And 40 seconds in, there is a stoppage with lots of paper streamers/toilet papers coming from the Bayern fans’ end
0108 hrs IST: Real Madrid have scored in a record 46 successive fixtures in all competitions. Pepe Reina will have to be immense to end that streak.
0059 hrs IST: Will this trend continue?
10 – Since 2003/04, Arsenal have lost just 10 of 62 CL home games, but 6 of those defeats have come in the knockout stages. Stagefright.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 7 March 2017
0052 hrs IST: In the Napoli vs Real Madrid, five changes by Zinedine Zidane from the side that beat Eibar 4-1 on the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale return along with Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal. Not a lot of shuffling about from Napoli with Allan coming in for Zielinski from the first leg.
0046 hrs IST: Bayern come into the contest after beating Cologne 3-1. They’ve made five changes and still look mighty impressive. Mats Hummels, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Rafinha and Xabi Alonso come in to replace Juan Bernat, suspended Philipp Lahm, Douglas Costa, Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman.
0043 hrs IST: Four changes to Arsenal team that was easily swept aside by Liverpool 3-1 on the weekend. Alexis Sanchez is back after a controversial stay on the bench. Elsewhere, David Ospina, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott come in for Petr Cech, Alex Iwobi, Francis Coquelin. (Sanchez is on for Giroud)
0037 hrs IST: With the team needing a near miracle in about 45 minutes from now, Arsenal fans have gathered outside in protest. Their demands are simple: “No New Contract” for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal fans are running a protest campaign tonight outside the Emirates and are asking the board to bring about change in leadership at the London club. Meanwhile, reports earlier in the day said Arsene Wenger has formally told the players he will be leaving in the summer.
00:24 hrs IST: Team news from both games:
Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Arsenal XI: David Ospina; Hector Bellerin, Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Xhaka; Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck; Alexis Sanchez
Bayern Munich XI: Manuel Neuer; Rafinha, Mats Hummels, Javi Martínez, David Alaba; Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal; Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski
Napoli vs Real Madrid
Napoli XI: Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam; Allan, Amadou Diawara, Hamsik; Jose Callejón, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne
Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema
00:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to this second leg live blog to discuss and keep strong focus on both the games in the Champions League. One sits pretty firmly in Bayern Munich’s hands with Arsenal having plenty to do in London, the other one in Naples is more evenly poised. Real Madrid have a 3-1 aggregate lead but two goals by Napoli could be enough. However that is easier said than done against a Spanish side that is known for its prolific scoring (and also for its defensive lapses!). We’d try and keep tabs on both games but our primary focus will be on Arsenal vs Bayern Munich.
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