UCL: Bayern demolish hapless Arsenal, Madrid hurdle stubborn Napoli
Arsenal were victims of a stunning second half display at the Fussball Arena in Munich with Bayern scoring three goals in ten incredible minutes.
The Gunners had evinced signs of life in the first half hauling Bayern back after the Bavarians took an early lead through a trademark Robben strike. Sanchez equalised from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged that Koscielny had been fouled in the box as a corner kick was taken.
Signs of a fight became little more than a mirage though, Arsenal were still reeling from the loss of captain Koscielny to a hamstring injury minutes after the restart when the defence capitulated in spectacular fashion. A brace from Thiago Alcantara was preceded by a towering header from Lewandowski as Bayern pulled clear.
A late goal by substitute Thomas Muller wrapped up miserable night in Europe for Arsenal and Wenger can only pray for a miracle when they host Bayern in two weeks.
Real Madrid comeback papers over Ronaldo’s form
Real Madrid were made to work for their round of 16 victory over Napoli with the Italians taking an early lead in the 8th minute through a peach of a goal from Lorenzo Insigne.
Any ideas Napoli might have had of pulling off an upset were quickly quelled ten minutes later as leapt to put a textbook header past Pepe Reina in goal.
Real talisman Ronaldo currently suffering a rare Champions League drought (he’s found the net just twice for Madrid so far) again toiled without reward but he was on hand to assist Kroos’ goal to put Madrid ahead. A goal of the match contender from Casemiro in the 54th minute was the last goal of the game and holders Real will now travel to Naples in pole position to progress to the next round.