Munich - Two down, two to go in the UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg clashes involving Bundesliga clubs and it has been a mixed start so far, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen losing heavily and FC Bayern München triumphing in London.

Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 will be in action next week against Zenit St. Petersburg and Real Madrid CF respectively. We'll have more live updates for you then, but for now you can relive this week's events as they happened...

Thursday 20 February

On his last competitive vist to London, conceded a penalty in last season's final to Borussia Dortmund. This time, however, the Brazil international had a much more routine evening, helping see out a valuable clean sheet. The 30-year-old tweeted the following to express his delight at the result and his excitement ahead of the second leg in three weeks' time:

Former Manchester United defender and current TV pundit Gary Neville (r., with Franck Ribery in 2010) was evidently hugely impressed with Bayern's performance last night, especially with keeper Manuel Neuer:

Some more statistics to last night's match, and specifically concerning perhaps the best player on the pitch Toni Kroos. Did you know that the Rostock-born midfield schemer had 147 touches of the ball and attempted 127 passes in the Arsenal half with a completion rate of 96.1 per cent. Moreover, Bayern's win was their seventh away success on the trot in Europe’s top competition, equalling AFC Ajax's record set between 1995 and 1997.

Here's what Bayern defender made of the team's performance last night. The 28-year-old came on at half-time to replace , who had been shown a yellow card for fouling Mesut Özil early on in the game.

Looking at the statistics from last night's encounter, Pep Guardiola's men may be regretting not having won the first leg by a more handsome margin. They enjoyed 78.8 per cent possession throughout the 90 minutes, attempting 863 passes (95 per cent of which reached their intended target) to Arsenal's 222. They have also now scored 101 goals in all competitions this season.

It's now twelve hours or so since Bayern's Toni Kroos sent that curling drive into the top corner of the net at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, helping the Bavarians set up a 2-0 win over Arsenal and take a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals. The 24-year-old was understandably quizzed by journalists after the match following an imperious midfield display, and here's what he had to say after the game, courtesy of our bundesliga.com reporter at the Emirates.

The key events from the UEFA Champions League Round of 16:

  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen suffer a humbling 4-0 defeat to Paris St. German, who were inspired by star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    • FC Bayern München collected a commanding 2-0 win on their travels against ten-men Arsenal FC to give them an excellent chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter finals.

bundesliga.com's roving reporter inside the Emirates Stadium: "The visiting section erupts as FC Bayern take to the field, a trademark spring in their step." To stay bang up-to-date with all the action there are two options. Either follow the minute-by-minute coverage on our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker! The choice is up to you, but make sure to be tweeting in your opinions to @Bundesliga_EN as well!

From bundesliga.com's roving reporter in front of the Emirates Stadium. "Under an hour to go until kick-off and the FC Bayern München fans are really coming into their own. Even the Arsenal supporters want a photo of this cheeky foursome. 'Super Bayern' indeed!"

bundesliga.com's roving reporter is on his way to the stadium, but still found time to check with a couple of travelling fans and these two jolly chaps were only too happy to pose for the camera. "It's important to score an away goal," one explained. "It doesn't matter if we concede. We want to be going home with an advantage. Missing Ribery's no biggy. All the players are great."

bundesliga.com's roving reporter has been diligently collecting the opinions of the locals ahead of Bayern's clash with Arsenal FC, including this eager taxi driver, who was complimentary of the travelling fans that have required his services: "German fans are great, much more polite than English fans. No trouble at all. I really like them. They usually come over with their families; blokes go to the game and the women and kids go shopping. They're no problem at all."

Our bundesliga.com in London is encountering plenty of fans in optimistic mood ahead of tonight's game against the Gunners: "The Bayern fans are in typically jovial mood on, in and around the London Underground. Chants of "Super Bayern" were resonating around Camden market earlier, with the general consensus being that Pep's men could very well have the tie wrapped up come full-time tonight. "We're the best in Europe and fear noone," a young supporter boomed.

Sticking with the fans theme, Bayern's visit to London appears to be the crowning glory for one particular group of fans: the Red Dragons. This particular assortment of Bayern supporters are the Bavarian giants' only official fan club in the UK after having had their status approved back in September. "We now have 50 members and have received plenty of media and press coverage," chairman Thorsten Lamberty revealed exclusively to bundesliga.com. They now have 200 or so members, every one of whom will be watching with baited breath in the Stammlokal.

The Emirates Stadium may be the venue for tonight's encounter, but Wembley Stadium is also getting a taste of Champions League flavour. As we reported yesterday, Bayern fans were given a 'two for one' tour of the spiritual home of football as part of a co-operation with FC Bayern München, who also subsidised away ticket prices for Tuesday's game. More than a few Bayern fans took the opporunity to explore the famous footballing arena where the Reds lifted their fifth European Cup back in May:

Swiss national team coach Ottmar Hitzfeld won the trophy with Dortmund in 1997 and Bayern in 2001, and he believes the Reds are clear favourites not only to progress against Arsenal over the two legs, but also tips them to become the first side to ever successfully defend a Champions League crown. "Arsenal are a very good team, but Bayern clearly have more quality in their side and they're playing better football," the 65-year-old said in an with bundesliga.com.

Let's get some more reaction from Leverkusen to last night's disastrous 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. What seemed to kill the game as a contest was the early goal scored by just three minutes by the visitors' Blaise Matuidi, which believes also dealt a huge blow to Bayer's confidence. "We had no belief and the game was decided in the first half. We weren’t aggressive enough in the tackle, although we tried everything. Read more reaction from Toprak, Castro and Stefan Reinartz here.

We still have another last 16 tie this evening, however, and it's arguably an even bigger game, with Bayern taking on Premier-League chasing Arsenal at the Emirates. The Reds are favourites to progress over the two legs, not least because of their remarkable strong form of 45 Bundesliga games undefeated and a 16-point lead in the league. They can also call upon the emotions of their last trip to Arsenal in this exact fixture in 2012/13, which they won 3-1. It came a year ago exactly to the day - here's our match report.

It's the morning after the night before and the disappointment in Leverkusen remains acute. Sami Hyypiä's men went into their last 16 first-leg clash with Paris Saint-German with high hopes, but saw them dashed by the monumentally talented Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. The final score was 4-0 to the Parisians, but according to , the game was over at half-time. "We lost confidence after the first goal and it's hard to compete with such a good team. The game was over after the first half."

Well that was unexpected. We began the evening by saying that four German clubs are competing in the last 16, but Leverkusen appear to be heading for the exits already after tonight's 4-0 humbling by PSG. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was imperious for the Parisians, scoring twice and perhaps ensuring that the second leg on 12 March is all but a dead rubber. Will FC Bayern München give German fans more reason to celebrate on Wednesday? Join us then for build-up and coverage of their visit to the Emirates to face Arsenal FC.

It's almost time for kick-off at the BayArena so make sure you keep track of the action, as well as the latest in-game stats, on our live ticker. Don't forget to check out our match report and picture gallery after the final whistle and we'll be back with more Champions League LIVE updates on Wednesday ahead of FC Bayern München's clash away to Arsenal FC.

At FC Bayern München’s press conference ahead of their game against Arsenal FC was in relaxed mood. “It's superb to be back here in London at the same hotel, but it's a new season and we're starting from scratch," said the Dutchman. "I don't know if we're better this season, we've got some better players, but so have Arsenal. We had a great result last year against Arsenal, but this is going to be completely different. We have to be ready. No team has won the UCL twice in a row, so that's the aim."

Arsenal FC host FC Bayern München in what will be a hugely competitive match on Wednesday. During Arsenal's press conference coach Arsene Wenger said: "We believe we can do it, but it will come down to our performance tomorrow". The Gunners believe they are in a strong position as they have faced difficult opponents such as Tottenham Hotspur FC and most recently Liverpool FC.

At his pre-match press conference, Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurant Blanc said that his side want to "dominate possession" but they know that like all German teams, "Leverkusen are athletic and very strong at set-pieces." Along with those positive attributes, the Frenchman also mentioned that the visitors will "need to watch out as they are very dangerous on the counterattack".

Sami Hyypiä may have said that his Leverkusen team will have to "give our all, both mentally and physically" in order to beat Paris Saint-Germain, but the Finn will be hoping his players don't go overboard: Midfielder is just one yellow card away from a one-match suspension. Former FC Bayern defender , however, already accumulated three bookings during the group stage of the competition and misses tonight's match at the BayArena.

Will FC Bayern München continue their march towards a third successive Champions League final? Will Borussia Dortmund beat FC Zenit? Can Bayer Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 upset the odds and qualify for the quarter-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid CF? bundesliga.comassesses the European prospects of the four teams looking to keep the Bundesliga flag flying high in Europe's premier club competition.

The city of Leverkusen has been getting in the mood ahead of their football team's clash with the French capital club by erecting flags outside the city's Rathaus-Galerie.

Bayern's opponents, meanwhile, have no fewer than four German's in their squad, including centre-back Per Mertesacker, who is confident of beating last season's quadruple winners despite their impressive run of form. "We have to go for two perfect games against them," said the former SV Werder Bremen defender. "We know we can beat them now, so maybe mentally we're in a better condition that last year. We respected them too much in the first leg, so it was too easy for them. Maybe we have learned something from those lessons and will do better this time."

Laurent Blanc's side landed at Cologne/Bonn airport yesterday ahead of their clash with die Werkself. Hyypiä knows Zlatan Ibrahimovic (pictured) is just one of several stars Leverkusen will have to keep an eye on tonight: "They've brought in a lot of top-class players," said the Finn at yesterday's press conference. He's not wrong: PSG also boast last season's Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi and recently acquired French international Yohan Cabaye in their ranks.

Sami Hyypiä's former coach Gerard Houllier, who was in charge of the Liverpool FC side that won the UEFA Cup in 2001, also feels Leverkusen will have to be at their best to beat PSG tonight. "Paris have become more mature and stable in recent months," said the 66-year-old, who also coached the French giants between 1985 and 1988. Find out what else Houllier had to say on the Bundesliga clubs' Champions League prospects in our exclusive interview with the Frenchman.

Leverkusen defender is taking a realistic approach ahead of tonight's clash with the French league leaders. "We have to believe - we're certainly capable of winning," the centre-back told welt.de. "We need to give everything to make the most of this opportunity, even if we're underdogs." Toprak is looking forward to going head-to-head with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the Turkish international admitted he's likely to have his work cut out against the Sweden international: "You can't keep him quiet for 90 minutes."

FC Bayern München travel to Arsenal FC on Wednesday in a repeat of last year's last-16 clash. Pep Guardiola's team may be without the injured Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri for the match in London, but they will be confident of reaching the quarter-finals after knocking the Gunners out of the competition twelve months ago. We'll be bringing you all the latest team news ahead of tomorrow's tie at the Emirates Stadium later on, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

First up are Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who host current Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Die Werkself's recent form has been , to say the least, but captain Simon Rolfes is confident his team are capable of keeping Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. quiet at the BayArena. Find out what the Leverkusen skipper and coach Sami Hyypiä had to say ahead of the game in our exclusive preview of the first of this year's last-16 encounters.