Bavarians barely beat Arsenal to advance to UEFA Champions League semifinals

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Bayern edges Arsenal to reach UEFA CL semis

Joshua Kimmich's sole goal helped Bayern Munich progress into the UEFA Champions League last four after beating Arsenal 1-0 (3-2 on aggregate) in the second leg on Wednesday, reported Xinhua.

The German giants caught a bright start in front of the home crowd as Harry Kane's volley went just wide in the opening stages before Noussair Mazraoui'a deflected shot missed the target with 23 minutes gone.

Arsenal's goalkeeper David Raya was also busy as he had to palm away Jamal Musiala's dangerous effort moments later.

The Gunners came also close and tested goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but neither Martin Odegaard nor Kai Havertz was able to score the opener from a promising position.

Bayern started powerful into the second half and rattled the woodwork in quick succession. Leon Goretzka's header dropped off the crossbar allowing Raphael Guerreiro to hit the outside of the left post with the subsequent rebound.

The Gunners, meanwhile, lacked penetration and couldn't pose a threat to the host's well-organized defence.

The Bavarians eventually broke the deadlock and shocked the visitors at the hour mark when Guerreiro's whipped cross into the box found Germany international Kimmich, whose diving header caught Raya flatfooted.

Tuchel's men gained momentum but Leroy Sane and Kimmich got their chances denied later.

Arsenal remained uninspired as Bayern's defense was able to keep the Gunners at bay.

The visitor's best chance in the second half came from Odegaard, who rattled the side netting.

Bayern protected its narrow lead to the final whistle and snatched the first semifinal ticket since 2020, the same year when it lifted the Champions League trophy. The German record champion join Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund in the last four and clash with Real Madrid.

"It is great to advance into the next round. Both sides took no risks in the first half, but we gained the upper hand after the half-time. We showed will and took the win," said Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel.

"The first half was nervous, but we played very well in the second half and should have added more goals to our lead. The bottom line is that we deservedly progressed into the next round," commented Kimmich.


  1. EmilyDavis says

    As a dedicated Arsenal fan, I must admit that Bayern Munich played an impressive game. It was disappointing to see our team struggle to break through their defense. Kimmich’s goal was a beautiful play, well-deserved for Bayern. We need to regroup and come back stronger in the next match.

  2. EmilyJohnson91 says

    As an avid Bayern Munich fan, I was thrilled to see Kimmich’s goal secure our spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The team’s strong performance and organized defense were key to this victory over Arsenal. Looking forward to the next match with confidence!

  3. Emily Smith says

    As an Arsenal fan, I’m disappointed with the team’s performance. They lacked creativity and failed to break through Bayern’s defense. It’s frustrating to see them miss crucial opportunities in such an important match.

  4. KaylaSmith87 says

    I think Bayern Munich played a fantastic game and deserved to progress into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Although Arsenal put up a good fight, Bayern’s strong defense and Kimmich’s impressive header secured their victory.

  5. AmandaSmith123 says

    Did Arsenal have any clear opportunities to equalize after Bayern’s goal?

    1. LukeDavis456 says

      Yes, Arsenal did have a few chances to equalize, but they were unable to convert them into goals. Despite some good attempts, Bayern’s defense proved too strong for the Gunners to break through.

  6. EmilySmith says

    It’s disappointing to see Arsenal fall short, but Bayern Munich really dominated the game. Kimmich’s goal was excellently executed, showcasing Bayern’s prowess in the Champions League.

  7. EmilySmith71 says

    Bayern Munich was clearly the better team in this match. Kimmich’s goal was a well-deserved result of their dominance on the field. Arsenal struggled to create any real threat and their defense was constantly under pressure. It’s no surprise that Bayern advanced to the semifinals. Looking forward to seeing how they perform in the next round!

  8. EmilyJ28 says

    As an Arsenal fan, it’s disappointing to see our team fall short in such an important match. Bayern Munich played well and deserved the win. Hopefully, we can regroup and come back stronger in the next season.

  9. EmilySmith22 says

    As an avid Bayern Munich fan, I’m thrilled with their performance against Arsenal. Kimmich’s goal was a highlight of the match, showcasing their dominance on the field. Looking forward to seeing them in the UEFA Champions League semifinals!

  10. EmilyJones says

    As a Bayern Munich fan, I am thrilled with our performance against Arsenal. Kimmich’s goal was a brilliant display of skill and determination, securing our spot in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Can’t wait to see how we continue to dominate in the tournament!

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