Bayern draws with Arsenal to reach CL quarters

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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MUNICH (AP) — Club president Uli Hoeness' trial overshadowed a subdued performance as Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with Arsenal to reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 aggregate win from the round-of-16 on Tuesday.

With his trial for alleged tax evasion grabbing the headlines in Germany, Hoeness attended the game and was probably glad the spotlight left him, albeit temporarily.

"Good luck to Bayern. They're a good side but this side is more vulnerable than last year's," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm acknowledged Hoeness' trial was in the players' minds.

"Of course it's also an issue within the team," Lahm said.

Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger finished coolly from Franck Ribery's cross to put the defending champion in a commanding position in the 55th minute.

Lukas Podolski responded within two minutes against his former side by dispossessing Philipp Lahm in the penalty area and smashing the ball past Manuel Neuer to the roof of the net from an acute angle.

The goals breathed life into a game that Bayern mostly dominated. Nerves gripped the home side — perhaps as a result of the 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal at the same stage last season — but they didn't last long.

"We played with a lot of intelligence," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "We deserved to progress."

Thomas Mueller had the chance to make it 2-1 after Arjen Robben went down under Laurent Koscielny's challenge, but Lukasz Fabianski saved his penalty on the line in injury time.

"Progression was never in danger. The way (we did it) will be all the same tomorrow," Mueller said.

In the night's other game, Diego Costa scored twice to lead Atletico Madrid to a 4-1 win over visiting AC Milan for a 5-1 aggregate victory. Atletico reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997.

Arsenal needed at least two goals but barely threatened in the first half. The home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession and worked quickly to recover the ball after losing it.