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Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 5 (2-10- agg): Sorry Gunners humiliated to compound Wenger´s misery



Bayern Munich matched their 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal last month to inflict a 10-2 aggregate pummelling upon embattled boss Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium.

It meant a seventh consecutive last-16 exit for Arsenal, who had Laurent Koscielny sent off after Theo Walcott rewardrd a spirited first-half display with the opening goal.

Robert Lewandowski won and converted a 55th minute penalty as Koscielny was dismissed and, as at the Allianz Arena, Arsenal collapsed in the absence of the French defender to suffer the heaviest aggregate defeat inflicted upon an English team in Champions League history.

Wenger was the subject of fan protests asking him to step down both outside the ground and at the site of Arsenal’s former Highbury home before kick-off and the sight of Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa picking off his feeble defensive line before Arturo Vidal added a late brace heightened the sense that his race is run.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern are still in contention to repeat their 2013 treble, standing in stark contrast to Arsenal and Wenger as they stagger from one disappointment to another.

OH WHAT A NIGHT!!! Quarterfinals, here we come! #UCL #ARSFCB 1-5 (2-10)

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 7, 2017

Alexis Sanchez returned to the hosts’ starting line-up three days after being benched for the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool amid widespread reports of a training-ground row.

The Chile star was set to line up at centre-forward but Danny Welbeck was taken ill during the warm-up, meaning a reshuffle with Olivier Giroud coming in to lead the line.

Sanchez’s commitments to his hastily assigned defensive duties on the left was tenuous at best during the opening stages as Bayern found joy down that flank – albeit after the action was delayed by the away fans throwing vast amounts of toilet roll on the field.

Visiting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was out to thwart Walcott after the England winger sprung the offside trap, while Giroud grappled with Mats Hummels to glance wide in the 13th minute.

But Neuer was caught out by a rasping Walcott strike that he could only punch into the roof of his net.

Xabi Alonso was fortunate not to be punished for an ill-judged challenge on the goalscorer before the 27-year-old attempted to repeat his earlier finish by thrashing Shkodran Mustafi’s throughball into the side-netting.

Lewandowski should have restored Bayern’s four-goal aggregate advantage but pulled Robben’s chipped pass wide on the volley and they went in behind at the break.

That’s exactly the start we [email protected] races through and fires into the roof of the net#AFCvFCB 1-0 (21)

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 7, 2017

Early in the second period, Mustafi fizzed another fine low pass towards the Bayern box, although Giroud could not get over Aaron Ramsey’s chipped cross and headed beyond the crossbar.

Faint hopes of the improbable we extinguished when Koscielny pushed Lewandowski to the floor 10 yards from goal and the additional assistant official advised Anastasios Sidiropoulos to upgrade his initial yellow card to a red.

The Poland international kept his calm to drill home the spot kick, sending David Ospina the wrong way, and he almost had a second on the end of a slick one-two with Vidal – Bayern turning on the style in front of their buoyant travelling support.

Robben gave them the lead on the night, intercepting a poor Ospina clearance and capitalising on the resulting disarray to slot into the corner.

Lewandowski then hit the post and the leggy 10-man hosts did not welcome a fresh Costa coming on to gallop towards goal from the right and make it three in the 78th minute.

Douglas Costa #UCL

— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague)

March 7, 2017

Vidal’s classily chipped fourth as the Arsenal defence crumbled terribly demonstrated the swagger of a side still chasing glory in three competitions and the Chile international had the brace his compatriot Sanchez might have hoped for five minutes from time, accepting Costa’s pass with Ospina once again horribly exposed.

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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr reveals why Super Eagles drew in Yaounde



Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said his team was suffering from fatigue, in their 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaounde on Monday.
Nigeria took the lead in the first half through Simon Moses, before the hosts equalized through a Vincent Aboubakar penalty with 15 minutes left.
Rohr, who saw his team crush Cameroon 4-0 on Friday, praised the Indomitable Lions for raising their game.
“It was a difficult match, but I expected that from a team that lost 4-0 just days before,” Rohr said during his post-match press conference at the Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo.
“They wanted revenge and they played well. They brought in three fresh players, while we had the same team that played on Friday. We got tired in the second half.”
He added: “Before the two games I wanted four points, so I’m happy we got what we targeted. Tonight’s match was not about spectacle, we just wanted to get a result. If they didn’t have that penalty we’d have got all three points.”

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  • Zenith Bank Plc, sponsors of the annual National Women League, has showered praises on the Nigeria female team, D’Tigress, for the impressive results recorded so far at the ongoing FIBA Women Afrobasket taking place in Mali. D’Tigress started the competition on a winning note defeating Mozambique 80-69 in their first game, whipped Democratic Republic of Congo 84-47 in the second and on Sunday defeated Egypt 106-72 to emerge the first team to book a place in the quarterfinal of the competition.

  • The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, on Monday applauded the team and said the bank was proud of the results posted so far. He said: “We are really delighted especially because only few weeks ago, some of the players representing Nigeria in Mali were in the final of the Women Basketball League which we have sponsored in the country for 13 years. “The players have demonstrated to everybody that they are good enough to rule Africa. D’Tigress has shown Nigerians that our investment in the game has not been in vain in the country.” Amangbo went ahead to charge the players to continue their winning streak in the continental basketball competition. “The quarterfinal is the stage where the keen contest will start, we believe in the team and charge the players and officials to go all the way and win the title,” the Zenith Bank boss added. Today in Mali, D’Tigress will take on Guinea in their fourth group match but the victory recorded in the three games already played has guaranteed Nigeria a place in the last eight. Nigeria will play Senegal in the last group match of the competition which ends on August 27.
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Man United charged withfailing to control players



Manchester United werecharged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.MourinhoUnited’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrerawas sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.United’s Argentine defender Marcos Rojo was also caught on camera seemingly stamping on Hazard’s chest in the second half of the match which Chelsea won 1-0 to oust the holders.“Following Monday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Chelsea, ManUtd have been charged for failing to control their players,” the FA tweeted.

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