Bayern Munich Holds Arsenal At Emirates Stadium

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Bayern Munich held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter, at the Emirates Stadium in London, England.

Six-time champions Bayern, seeking salvation in Europe after a poor domestic season, were handicapped by having no fans inside the Emirates Stadium as punishment for their supporters throwing fireworks in the previous round.

Premier League leaders Arsenal, playing in their first Champions League quarter-final for 14 years, had gone in front early on with a clinical strike from winger Bukayo Saka in the 12 minute.

However, the German giants showed they remain a European force to be reckoned with when former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry levelled six minutes later and Harry Kane then rolled home his 39th goal of an incredible first season for Bayern Munich after Leroy Sane was brought down by William Saliba in the box for a penalty.

Mikel Arteta’s side ensured they will head to Bavaria next Wednesday full of hope as substitute Leandro Trossard equalised in the 76th minute to leave the tie hanging in the balance.

“It wasn’t an easy game,” Bayern Munich striker Kane said after the match. “Arsenal are a really good team.”

“They’re top of the Premier League right now so we had to dig deep at times but it’s a good result and hopefully we can make the difference at home.”

 

UEFA Champions League/Reuters/Chidi Nwoke.

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