Tuesday Evening Ticker: Bayern manhandle Arsenal, Porto edge Malaga, and more

By MICHAEL KLINE

Arsenal’s hopes to end their infamous trophy drought, which has lasted since 2005, took a turn for the worst as Bayern Munich comfortably dismantled Arsenal’s frail defense, winning 3-1 in front of Arsenal’s home crowd.

Toni Kroos put the German side ahead within seven minutes following a sublime hit from the edge of the box. Arsenal goalie Wojciech Szczesny stood no chance as an unattended Kroos drove a forceful volley into the turf and past the Polish keeper.

Thomas Müller put Bayern into cruise control just fifteen minutes later when he took advantage of Szczesny’s feeble save on Daniel van Buyten’s header from a corner kick. Arsenal were down two and reeling, and luckily found half-time before Bayern netted a third.

The home side came out of half energetic, however, and managed to cut the deficit to one when Manuel Neuer made a mess of an Arsenal corner kick. Lukas Podolski, the former Bayern Munich player, was able to convert on Neuer’s error and put the Gunners on the board.

It was evident a comeback wasn’t in the cards when substitute Olivier Giroud put a shot directly at Neuer from point-blank range. Shortly after, Mario Mandzukic provided a third, and the dagger, when he bungled in a Philipp Lahm ground cross.

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FC PORTO CRUISE PAST MALAGA

The other Champions League match of the day took place at the Estadio do Dragao, where Porto haven’t lost a Champions League match since 2009. The Portuguese side were able to take care of business, beating Malaga 1-0 in a mostly uneventful match.

Malaga were the visitors on the day, and brought with them an unbeaten record through the tournament thus far.

The match was significantly less entertaining than its counterpart in London, mostly because Malaga employed the defensive tactics that have given them so much success on the road so far during the tournament.

Despite controlling possession and bossing the midfield through the entirety of the first half, Porto scrounged up only a couple decent shots on goal, troubling Malaga keeper Willy Caballero on few of them. The half-time whistle blew without so much as a peep from the visitors.

The Portuguese side came out as dominant in the second-half as they were in the first, and finally found the breakthrough after 56 minutes. João Moutinho clinically put away the only goal of the match thanks to a divine pass from Alex Sandro, which curled around defender Martín Demichelis and into the path of the goalscorer.

Porto will be disappointed for only netting once in the clash, but Vítor Pereira will be pleased with the defensive effort of his team, allowing just a single attempt on goal from the visitors.

Manuel Pellegrini will have to alter his tactics when his side hosts the second leg of the tie at La Rosaleda, where Malaga were able to beat AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg in the group stages.

QUICK KICKS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic entertains possibility of reuniting with Pep Guardiola, and joining Bayern Munich in the future. (REPORT)

David Beckham not a threat to Marseille, according to controversial Joey Barton. (REPORT)

Rafael Benitez calls Real Madrid his “sweetheart” and reveals interest in taking over the Spanish national team after Vincente Del Bosque. (REPORT)

Victor Moses talks about his dream turning into a reality in England and Africa. (REPORT)

Brooklyn Beckham follows in his father’s footsteps once again with trial at Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? What did you think of today’s Champions League matches? How do you think the return legs will go?

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9 Responses to Tuesday Evening Ticker: Bayern manhandle Arsenal, Porto edge Malaga, and more

  1. Petaluman says:

    I know he’s got two arms, but that pic made me think he was missing one.

  2. MikeG says:

    Arsenal looked like they were not interested in the first half. They woke up and played a real half after half time. Midfield was mobile in second half for Arsenal (they moved OFF the ball much better). Bayern Hollywood Munich played solid and withstood pressure from Arsenal. They played enough D to win and enough O to win. Solid game by Bayern.

  3. ConradB says:

    Just out of curiosity from anyone with ties to the Galaxy academy, is Lil’Beckham any good?

  4. 2324 says:

    I wish Dempsey played in the Champions League. I could honestly see him getting some solid minutes for teams like Schalke, Valencia, Montpelier, Napoli

    • MikeG says:

      I always hoped Dempsey would go to Schalke. I would still like to see him go there if for any reason he is leaving Tottenham this summer or next year. Dempsey would REALLY shine in the Bundesliga.

  5. Jason says:

    Wenger is to EPL what Andy Reid is/was in the NFL.

    • David JS says:

      except Wenger has won the Premier League 3 times, the FA Cup 4 times, and had some of the best teams in the history of England… I see the parallel, but the best Reid ever did in Philly was win the NFC once, only to end up losing the Super Bowl.

      • Charles Fix says:

        You can’t compare results based accomplishments between the two leagues.
        Winning the Premier league is nothing if you are coaching one of the haves. Beat out three or four other teams while having more talent then them is a VASTLY inferior accomplishment to beating out 31 other teams with similar quality.

        • David JS says:

          I didn’t make the comparison, just pointed out some flaws I saw with it. We agree that there is no valid comparison of results between the two worlds.