By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi made his tenth UEFA Champions League appearance for Arsenal who lost 5-1 away to Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s first leg round of 16 clash at the Allianz Arena in Germany, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
A late strike from substitute Thomas Muller coupled with a brace from Thiago Alcantara and another strike from Robert Lewandowski restored a four-goal lead for Bayern Munich after Alexis Sanchez cancelled out Arjen Robben’s opener in the the 13th minute.
Nigerian international Iwobi who made his debut against the Bavarians in the competition in 2015 played for 66 minutes before being replaced by Theo Walcott in what was his seventh start in the competition.
Robben shot the Bavarians into the lead, curling in a pinpoint strike into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season in all competitions.
But Sanchez restored parity for the Gunners in the 30th minute from a rebound effort from the spot after Lewandowski had fouled Laurent Koscielny in the box.
At the restart, Bayern regained the lead as Lewandowski rose higher than Shkodran Mustafi in the 53rd minute to head home his seventh goal of the competition.
Alcantara made it 3-1, latching on to Lewandowski’s backheeled pass to beat David Ospina in goal for Arsenal in the 57th minute.
The Spanish international bagged his brace by shooting from the edge of the box as his shot deflected off Granit Xhaka into the net for his seventh goal of the season.
Philipp Lahm who combined well with Robben on the right flank will miss the return leg after he picked up a booking to rule him out of the clash at the Emirates.
Thomas Muller who came on for Robert Lewandowski with four minute left to play scored with his first touch after being set up by Alcantara at the edge of the box after Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was caught out of possession.
Arsenal, who have been knocked out at the round of 16 stage in each of the last six seasons, need an unlikely 4-0 win in the second leg to reach the quarter-finals.
At the Bernabeu in Spain, Real Madrid came from a goal down to defeat Napoli 3-1 and handed themselves a comfortable lead ahead of the second leg.
Goals from Karim Benzema,Toni Kroos and Casemiro cancelled out an early opener from Lorenzo Insigne.