Bayern Munich deepened the sense of crisis at Arsenal while Porto gained a slender advantage in a cagey match against Malaga
Bayern Munich loaded fresh misery onto beleaguered Arsenal with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday that left them with one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Seeking a reaction after Saturday's shock FA Cup exit at the hands of second-tier Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal were instead soundly beaten by a Bayern side desperate to atone for last season's Champions League final heartache.
Bayern, runaway leaders in the Bundesliga, bossed the first half of the last 16 first leg, and went in 2-0 up at half-time through goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller.
Lukas Podolski replied early in the second half, breaching his former club's defence for the first time in 2013, but Mario Mandzukic struck late on to put Bayern firmly in control ahead of the second leg on March 13.
"We put in an outstanding performance over a long period of time against one of the top teams in Europe," Kroos told German television channel Sky.
"We really dominated, and I didn't see any big chances from Arsenal, but it was annoying to concede the goal."
With defeat, Arsenal's hopes of ending an eight-year trophy drought recede still further... FULL REPORT