Champions League, Football

Bayern vs Arsenal: Crucial Kimmich header sees Arsenal knocked out of Champions League

Bayern Munich eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League with a 1-0 win in the second leg of their quarterfinal match thanks to a thunderous header from Joshua Kimmich. Bayern Munich’s overall victory was 3-2.

Though the game finished in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, the second leg’s drama was not quite as great. However, the Germans capitalised on a period of careless Arsenal defence.

Following a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Super Sunday, Kimmich scored his goal shortly after the hour to see the Gunners defeated and further dent their chances of winning any trophy this season.

In the semifinals, Bayern will play Real Madrid or Manchester City. The match is scheduled for April 30 or May 1 and May 7 or 8.

How Bayern eliminated Arsenal


In the first half, neither team scored, but both had opportunities. The hosts came dangerously near at the 20-minute mark as Ben White had to make a crucial save from a dangerous cross by Noussair Mazraoui.

Subsequently, David Raya had to deny a long-range attempt from Jamal Musiala, as Harry Kane, Bayern’s primary goal threat, only managed one touch inside the opposition box.

However, Arsenal quickly found their gears as Manuel Neuer denied Martin Odegaard, requiring an additional touch to prevent the ball from sailing away for a corner.

However, Martinelli’s attempt at connecting with Odegaard’s cross was Arsenal’s finest chance of the half, as his shot was direct at the custodian.

Bayern twice struck the post right after the interval. Raya was beaten when Leon Goretzka’s header struck the woodwork. William Saliba then put Raphael Guerreiro’s follow-up on the upright.

And the hosts broke the impasse shortly after the hour had passed. Guerriero grabbed a stray ball that was lying to the left of the field. With enough time, he raised his head to see Kimmich’s run from deep, losing his marker Martinelli, and the German nodding a strong header beyond Raya.

After falling behind, Arsenal struggled to regain the upper hand. Although Musiala had the best opportunity for Bayern at the other end, there were several half-chances, but Kimmich’s header finally sealed the match.

On Saturday, Arsenal will try to rekindle their Premier League title aspirations against Wolves.

On Saturday, April 20, Bayern plays FC Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.

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