Lakenheath Old Boys

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Champions League Wednesday

I've got a rare free Wednesday afternoon in the office, so I'm settling in at my desk to watch the Bayern v. Arsenal match on Fox Soccer 2 Go. On paper, it should be a cracker - let's hope it it. Join me if you've got the time this afternoon.

39 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps - after last night’s excitement in Paris, with PSG dismantling Barca 4-0, the focus turns to Munich’s Allianz Arena, where Arsenal are ready to embark on the first leg of what has in recent years become a traditional exit from the Champions League in the first knockout stages. We have been here before, many times: these two teams have met 10 times in Champions League history and Bayern Munich have knocked Arsene Wenger’s team out at this stage in 2005, and more recently in 2013 and 2014.

2:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams gathering in the tunnel at the Allianz Stadium right about now:

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Alaba, Alonso, Thiago, Vidal, Robben, Douglas Costa, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Rafinha, Bernat, Muller, Coman, Kimmich, Renato Sanches.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez.

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Giroud, Walcott, Monreal, Welbeck, Elneny.

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern midfielder Franck Ribery and central defender Jerome Boateng have been forced to sit this one out with injuries. Carlo Ancelotti was hoping they’d be fit, but neither player has recovered in time.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal get us underway - their chief goal tonight is not to get overrun and to stay in the tie.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal seem to have started with a high pressing - dare I say gegenpressen - style. Risky!

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First real shot in anger - Vidal struggles his way clear for a shot that Ospina handles well.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Robben opens the scoring for Bayern.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Far too much space for Bayern to knock it about for fun in midfield there. It ends up with Robben who makes no mistake. Wenger wont' be happy.

1-0 Bayern!

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I can't believe that defenders at this level still allow Robben to do that. All you have to do is roll out the red carpet for him to head down the wing. He doesn't actually like to dribble past players - he prefers to just drift into the space that's allowed him until he finds the right spot to hit a left-footed shot.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First time that Alexis has got going and Hummels has to push him over - he gets a yellow for it.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice free kick chance now for the Arsenal.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ozil put it on target and Neuer bobbled it badly. Someone should have been right there to tap home. Shame.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Arsenal!!

What a chance now for Arsenal as Lewandowski gives away a pen!

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Sanchez steps up and his initial effort is poor and saved by Neuer but he keeps his cool, collects it and finishes it on the volley.

1-1!

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That goal may well save the tie for the Arsenal - a priceless away goal for the Gunners!

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alexis picks up a yellow now as Martinez goes down too easily after a routine challenge.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern are claiming a pen now but nothing doing - corner.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lewandowski misses a golden chance there. Long ball to the back post knocked back and he only had to keep his header down.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming down to the last five minutes and Arsenal have to be pleased as punch by this first half display. They haven't been overrun. They've snuffed out a lot of Bayern's big threats and have scored a precious away goal.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - danger there for Arsenal. The free kick was bent into a great area and Hummels couldn't just direct it on goal.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal can't wait to get into the dressing room right - that cuppa will taste especially sweet.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance for Ozil there but Neuer did well to keep him out.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And there's half-time. Great half for the Gunners in the end, but it started predictably with an Arjen Robben goal that threatened to have the floodgates opening.

1-1 at the interval.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

After a poor start, when it looked like they might be over-run, Arsenal have grown into this game. They’ve had five shots on target compared to Bayern’s three and they’re looking reasonably confident.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back after the half-time break now and Arsenal are back at it - good start.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Koz has got a problem now and is going to need to come off now.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Lewandowski has put Bayern back in front just when Arsenal were coming back into it.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball over from Lahm who had been fed by Robben and Lewandowski rose high above Mustafi to nod home past Ospina who was in no man's land a bit.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gabriel has come on to replace Koz. Wenger will need to think of more changes now that the match's complexion has changed. One more Bayern goal might be a bridge too far for the Gunners.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Oh dear - Bayern has turned this tie on its head. Thiago scores the third.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Breathtaking stuff from Bayern there, especially that flick by Lewandowski, to get Thiago in for a neat finish.

3-1 Bayern.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance now for Arsenal. They need to get back into this one quickly.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal are in danger of being turned over now - Lahm again crosses to Lewandowski.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Granit Xhaka picks up a yellow for a late one.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly a fourth goal there. Lewandowski rounded Ospina and then chipped onto the bar. Then Robben's effort is blocked out for a corner. Robben's claiming a handball. I don't buy it.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Martinez heads toward goal and it's a magnificent save from Ospina. Wow!

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Thiago scores again from a drive at the top of the box. It almost seemed as if Ospina dove in the wrong direct there.

On the replay, it was deflected in.

4-1 Bayern. And this tie might be over.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wenger is staring down another Round of 16 knock out round exit.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one is just about done, so I'm off home. Cheerio, chaps!

4:12 PM  

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