UEFA Champions League

March 9, 2005



1 - 0

Bayern Munich

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, March 9, 2005

Highbury, England

Referee: Massimo De Santis

2nd Leg: 2 - 3 (Agg)

  • 90'

    A sorry evening for Arsenal. They got the goal to pressure the Germans but they couldn't get a second. That first leg cost them. That £30m will have to be spent well if Arsene is to achieve his Euro dream. Always next year, Gooners! You can support Chelsea in Europe now.

  • 90'

    Ze Roberto takes his time. The ball does not get forward. But nor does it find its way into the Bayern half.....it's over for Arsenal. They join United in the Champions League dumper.

  • 90'

    Tired legs now. Arsenal frustrated. Arsene angry. Whistle blows for a high Toure foot. Time running out...

  • 90'

    Ballack stops Fabregas. And is fouled. Yellow card for the Spaniard. Wasting his own time. Hargreaves to come on. The 'Englishman' replaces Salihamidzic.

  • 90'

    Time added on. Only three to go. Pizarro run out in the corner. On Arsenal must go...

  • 89'

    Senderos nearly let in Pizarro but Lehmann stops him as a goal looked certain. Now Pires commits a free kick foul.

  • 87'

    Ball played into the box. Toure attacks it and Kahn knocks behind. But two attempts to get the ball in by Van Persie are in vain. Bergkamp lashes across goal. Toure too slow to react. Goal-kick. Bayern breathe.

  • 86'

    But the passes are circumspect rather than attacking. Ze Roberto weaves away but the ball is hacked clear.

  • 86'

    Ball not sticking up front for Bayern any longer. Arsenal with the impetus.

  • 86'

    Series of balls played into the box. Series of Bayern clearances. Time ticks on...

  • 85'

    Pires gallops forward. Henry flick but a Salihamidzic saving tackle.

  • 84'

    Senderos wins a free-kick from Pizarro. Guerrero goes off. Linke on.

  • 83'

    Wenger going ape on the sideline. Bayern set to make a change. Linke's coming on. Defensive reinforcement.

  • 82'

    Tension mounting...Van Persie sees a gap but overhits his threaded pass to Ashley Cole.

  • 81'

    Demichelis shot blocked. Bergkamp scuttles away. But Lizarazu has a swipe and is booked for it.

  • 80'

    Ze Roberto charges away. Henry uses that Olympic pace to get back and tackle him. He's shown up tonight.

  • 79'

    Handball claim but the ball came off Henry's hand and not Sagnol's. Ljungberg off. On comes Van Persie. Let's hope he keeps his temper.

  • 78'

    Henry concedes a free-kick as he goes up for the ball. At the other end another infringement. Ref does a fine James Galway impression in blowing for almost everything.

  • 76'

    Ze Roberto's effort is dinked away. End to end now. Gaps at the back as Arsenal push for that goal. Next goal wins one thinks.

  • 74'

    Kovac steps in to stop Henry. He intercepts a ball thread through to the Frenchman from Bergkamp.

  • 73'

    Ballack suddenly drags himself from the midfield mire. Lovely skill and a great hit but Lehmann is equal to the task. That could have been curtains.

  • 72'

    The action has halted somewhat. Getting bitty as we head into the latter stages. It's a really tight. Bayern have been holding possession and holding off the threat of Arsenal's attack.

  • 70'

    Ball to be smashed in by Bayern. Lehmann knocked over. He dives to the ground.

  • 69'

    Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. That's the song from the library choir.

  • 68'

    Bergkamp involved in an incident with Lizarazu. Anger flying around. Tackles flying in....we have a game on our hands.

  • 67'

    Guerrero gets away but Senderos is back again to stop him. Great stuff.

  • 66'

    Lizarazu slices a shot wide. C'mon Arsenal. Ballack booked. Similar incident to the Bergkamp one. Vieira is the man downed.

  • 65'

    Highbury is high. They smell Bayern blood. Do the Germans smell fear?

  • 64'

    Now we have a game! Henry gets a long ball, takes it down and slots it past Kahn from an angle. Pace, power and penetration has opened this tie right up!

  • 62'

    Reyes slopes off. He's done nowt. Flamini, who's been hard-working and good, goes too. On comes the Spaniard and the French cavalier.

  • 61'

    Pires and Fabregas are imminent. Could this be the change to win it for the Gunners?

  • 60'

    Senderos stops Guerrero as he attempts to get round the back. The Swiss has been bliss for Wenger's eyes. Now, where is that fabled attack of his?

  • 59'

    Deisler's ball is headed behind by Senderos. Pizarro gets to the follow-up but heads over. Big boys are Bayern.

  • 57'

    Salihamidzic runs the length of the pitch but Reyes is the last man and does well.

  • 56'

    Bergkamp downed. Free-kick chance.

  • 56'

    Bit of needle as Salihamidzic as he fouls Senderos.

  • 56'

    Cole gets a chance to shoot. He smashes high and handsomely wide.

  • 55'

    Sagnol heads back to Kahn. Oliver throws himself forward in full barbarian mode. He's looking gruff.

  • 53'

    Vieira takes a tumble. And then gets a chance from Henry's awareness. Neat juggle followed by a hit. But it's a hit wide.

  • 52'

    Oliver Kahn has had a Stein or two in his time. Great claim when Thierry 'Nat Lofthouse Henry' threatened to get on the end of it.

  • 50'

    Guerrero is offside now. Another Peruvian. Can they get decents goat's cheese in Munchen? Bet they can, actually. Wash it down with a Stein or two.

  • 50'

    Pizarro buys some time. How did he end up in Germany? Was he in a panpipe band in the city square and was spotted by Der Kaiser juggling a ball during his break?

  • 49'

    Sagnol dives in to tackle. Arsenal much brighter here. But Bayern know about defending.

  • 48'

    Henry is unlucky to slip when Kovac's fall nearly lets the ball through to him.

  • 47'

    Corner fails to beat the first man. Cardinal sin - Guerrero gets a chance to run but runs the ball out.

  • 46'

    They have to push hard here as no doubt have been the instructions from Wenger. Lucio concedes a corner.

  • 46'

    Back underway. Bayern take the kick-off but Arsenal look lively from the start. Henry is the man to look for as always.

  • 45'

    Arsenal weathered the Bayern storm and had the best chance towards the end of the half. But they need goals fast. As it stands Bayern are heading into the last eight.

  • 45'

    Reyes with space on the edge of the box. He threads a pass to......nobody. End of the half.

  • 45'

    Throw launched in. Pizarro goes to ground. Slight claim but the Peruvian acknowledges it's not a foul.

  • 43'

    Salihamidzic gets another cross in. Deisler is again the target but Flamini did well.

  • 43'

    Senderos fouled. Ironic cheers for the ref. Bergkamp on the charge. But his cross is blocked. The ref loses even more friends with an imagined Bayern free-kick.

  • 42'

    Flamini wanted a corner. So did Wenger but the 4th official tells him to siddown.

  • 41'

    Arsenal fans get their voice back.

  • 40'

    An Arsenal chance. Henry gets lucky after his pass to Reyes is stopped. Kahn makes a great save. Henry gets it back and makes what looks like a dive. Chaos in the Bayern area. But a foul halts the attack.

  • 38'

    Deisler gets a booing. Arsenal attempt an attack shocker.But Lizarazu steps in to stop it.

  • 37'

    Salihamidzic again down the side. Deisler is baulked by Lauren as he goes in. He stays down. Lehmann comes in to have his say and nearly gets a Ballack-ing. Ref steps in.

  • 36'

    Senderos is cool again. What a game he's had. He's been the man for Arsenal. The big boys - Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira, have been missing so far.

  • 35'

    Another corner to Bayern. Salihamidzic gets on the burst and fizzes in a cross. Deisler not got enough to get there but a warning to the Gunners again.

  • 34'

    Toure clears from the edge of his six-yard box. It's been a very deep-lying show from the Wenger boys.

  • 33'

    No such joy so far for Arsenal. Deep in their own half all half it's been a worrying night.

  • 31'

    And Liverpool loving it in Leverkusen. Garcia again. 5-1 on aggregate!

  • 30'

    Deisler gets a chance on the back post but for once Lehmann's lack of positioning is lucky. He's too tall for Deisler to chip him.

  • 29'

    Pizarro fouled as he chased a though pass. Lauren had a nip of him. Another bombardment of the Arsenal box to follow. Handball appeal as it came off Vieira. But nothing doing.

  • 28'

    Liverpool score in Leverkusen and look headed for the last eight. Luis Garcia with the strike.

  • 27'

    Scuffed away and Arsenal can breathe again. Bayern want a goal and are pushing for it hard.

  • 26'

    Another corner for Bayern. Arsenal being held back.

  • 25'

    More panic as a shot comes in from Pizarro. Knocked behind to save breath. Deisler's kick palmed to Ballack but screwed very wide. A real chance.

  • 24'

    Nice link from Deisler finds him clear but Flamini is back to stop him. Corner is taken and headed behind by Vieira.

  • 23'

    Great cross from Salihamidzic meets with a good head from Senderos. Bayern still holding the genuine threat.

  • 22'

    Henry penalised for a foul. Kahn gets what is his third touch of the game so far.

  • 21'

    Head tennis sesh but Arsenal can't get the ball down. Then Vieira seizes on it and lashes wide. Arsenal's first attempt. They'll need more than that.

  • 20'

    Reyes fouled by Demichelis. Yellow out again - the Argentinian misses the quarter-final. Not the last caution of the night from the Italian ref one thinks.

  • 18'

    Lengthy spell of Bayern pressure. Arsenal clear and Bergkamp chases. Lucio is the recipient of a lunge from Dennis. Bad foul and a deserved yellow. Discipline lacking again?

  • 17'

    Salihamidzic bursts away and Bergkamp is the last man. Bad tackle but the Bayern man gets clear only to fall late. The non-flying Dutchman was lucky there.

  • 16'

    Guerrero gets a chance to test Senderos and gets nowhere. Swiss timing indeed.

  • 15'

    Senderos does well again. Pizarro's turn is averted. And again he hoofs clear a looped deflection from Guerrero's ball.

  • 14'

    Pizarro and Ballack carve a shooting chance but the Peruvian's shot is dragged into Senderos.

  • 13'

    Lucio of Up Pompeii fame delivers the prologue....no, really he intercepts a ball meant from Henry and whacks it way clear.

  • 12'

    Arsenal finding it hard to generate any kind of rhythm here. Bayern are fighting very hard. Rushing them and hounding them.

  • 11'

    Reyes comes in for some harsh Demichelis treatment. He's limping. Pires the option if he can't continue.

  • 10'

    Flamini slides in to stop a flick from Pizarro to Salihamidzic. Bayern the side with the threat so far.

  • 7'

    Foul up by Toure gives Guerrero the chance to whip a ball in. Pizarro beaten to it by Senderos. Good stuff from the young man.

  • 7'

    Kahn gets the boo boys' welcome now. The Gooners stick by their somewhat ropey custodian.

  • 6'

    Demichelis mounts a real charge down the wing but Ashley Cole's ability to track back stops him. Ballack looks ginger. If that's a word. He's brunette of course in the tonsorial sense.

  • 5'

    Henry stops Ballack in his tracks. And the German is down. He fouled Henry once he'd got away. And paid for it.

  • 5'

    He's in the thick of it. Row Z is the recipient of his next touch.

  • 4'

    Strength from Senderos in holding off Guerrero. Nice early touch for the Swiss lad.

  • 2'

    Vieira is strong on the ball but Pizarro steals in. Slid to Ballack. Fierce shot hits a raft of players. Ball cleared but Henry wastes a chance to open his legs.

  • 1'

    It's loud at Highbury. A happy rarity. Boos from the German fans for Lehmann - Kahn's their man.

  • 1'

    Flamini's pass is poor and Pizarro is the target for a long ball. Toure fouls him. Long kick headed clear before a foul on Ljungberg.


    Bergkamp and Henry get it underway. Bayern mount an early attack but is offside.


    Bayern Munich: Kahn, Sagnol, Lucio, Kovac, Lizarazu, Demichelis, Salihamidzic, Deisler, Ballack, Guerrero, Pizarro. Subs: Rensing, Hashemian, Ze Roberto, Jeremies, Hargreaves, Linke, Schweinsteiger.


    Here's the teams: Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Senderos, Cole, Ljungberg, Flamini, Vieira, Reyes, Bergkamp, Henry. Subs: Taylor, Pires, Van Persie, Fabregas, Silva, Clichy, Owusu-Abeyie.


    Arsenal have it all to do at Highbury. Mighty Bayern have Ballack back and it's an inexperienced central defensive partnership of Toure and Senderos that Wenger is forced to field.