Bayern drub Arsenal 5-1
Bayern Munich answered critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal yesterday in the first leg of their Champions League clash to put one foot in the quarter-finals.
Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance, while Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and substitute Thomas Mueller scored the other goals. Arsenal now face what seems a near-impossible task in the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 7, despite a first-half equaliser from Alexis Sanchez.
"The real problems came after the third goal, because we lost our organisation and looked really jaded," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. "The last 25 minutes was like a nightmare for us because we had no response."
In the night's other first-leg match, Real Madrid came from a goal down to beat Napoli 3-1 in Spain.
"It's only one game," Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti said, playing down the significance of the win. "It's not the final, unfortunately."
In Spain, Real Madrid kept their cool despite conceding a stunning early goal in the Champions League, producing an outstanding performance that kept them on track for a seventh straight appearance in the quarter-finals.
The defending champions came from behind to defeat Napoli 3-1. Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro all scored after Lorenzo Insigne's extraordinary goal for Napoli less than 10 minutes into the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.