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Arsenal stun Bayern Munich

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (front) celebrates with Alexis Sanchez after scoring during the Champions League Group F match against Bayern Munich at Emirates stadium in London yesterday. Arsenal won 2-0.

LONDON (AP):

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal end a run of two consecutive defeats in the Champions League with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich yesterday.

Arsenal knew that victory in at least one of their next two matches against Bayern would be vital for advancing from Group F, and they managed to inflict a first defeat of the season on Pep Guardiola's side.

Arsenal now have three points in the group and are third after three matches, with Bayern staying top on six points. Olympiakos are second on goal difference with six points after beating Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.

Substitute Giroud gave Arsenal the lead when he bundled the ball into the net in the 77th minute, after Manuel Neuer rushed off his line and failed to claim a free-kick into the penalty area from Santi Cazorla.

Ozil sealed the win in stoppage time, converting a cross at the byline from Hector Bellerin. Neuer hooked the ball away, but only after it had crossed the line.

Bayern controlled possession throughout the first half at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal relied on saves from Petr Cech to deny Thiago Alcantara and Douglas Costa.

Yet for all the German side's dominance, it was Arsenal who went closest to taking the lead before halftime.

Nacho Monreal delivered a precise cross from the left in the 33rd minute, finding Theo Walcott unmarked on the six-yard line.

The striker flicked a header at goal, only for Neuer to make an astounding one-handed save to claw the ball off the line.

Cech came to Arsenal's rescue again in the second half, making an opening one-handed save when Robert Lewandowski was through on goal in the 75th minute. It was a particularly vital block as Arsenal got the free-kick, which resulted in the first goal in their next foray forward.

Other results: BATE 0 Barcelona 2; Bayer Leverkusen 4 Roma 4; Dinamo Zagreb 0 Olympiakos 1; Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0; Porto 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0; Valencia 2 Gent 1; Zenit Petersburg 3 Lyon 1.