Bayern eliminates Arsenal in Champs League

March 14, 2013

Bayern Munich barely staved off an improbable comeback attempt by Arsenal and advanced in the Champions League despite a 2-0 loss Wednesday night, leaving England without a team in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years.

While the Gunners' win tied the home-and-home series 3-3, and Bayern Munich advanced because of a 3-2 advantage in away goals.

After losing the first leg 3-1 at home on Feb. 19, Arsenal went ahead on Olivier Giroud's goal in the third minute. Laurent Koscielny scored in the 86th to tie the aggregate, but the Gunners never threatened again.

''Our second goal came a bit too late,'' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. ''Bayern was nervous, but we paid the price for not playing well in the first leg.''


Bayern, a four-time winner and runner-up twice in the last three seasons, joined Barcelona, Real Madrid, Malaga, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Galatasaray in Friday's quarterfinal draw.

''It shouldn't have been that close,'' Bayern forward Arjen Robben said. ''We talked about it before the match. Arsenal had nothing to lose, and we were not aggressive enough. Maybe it was a wakeup call. We conceded an early goal and there were still eight minutes to play after their second, we knew we were close to letting it slip away.''

Malaga became the third Spanish team to advance, beating visiting Porto 2-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win as 20-year-old Francisco Alarcon scored in the 43rd minute and Roque Santa Cruz in the 77the.

Porto's Steven Defour was ejected after receiving a second yellow card for a late challenge on Joaquin Sanchez in the 49th minute.

Germany has two teams in the final eight for the first time in 11 years.


LONDON (AP) - Captain Danny Shittu put Millwall into the FA Cup semifinals again Wigan, scoring in the 43rd minute for a 1-0 win at Blackburn in a quarterfinal replay.

Shittu, whose only other goal this season came in the fourth-round win over Aston Villa, converted Chris Taylor's 43rd-minute corner kick with a thumping header.

Chelsea hosts Manchester United in a replay on April 1, with the winner playing Manchester City in the semifinals.