London - FC Bayern München succumbed to their first defeat of the UEFA Champions League season after losing 2-0 away to FC Arsenal, but nevertheless remain top of Group F.
Goals: 1-0 (Giroud 77’), 2-0 (Özil 90+3’)
Having lost their first two matches of the current competition, Arsenal began strongly as they went in search of an early goal to settle their nerves. However, Bayern were in no mood to roll over and had the best of the early chances, only for Thiago to fire straight at Gunners keeper Petr Cech after a neat one-two on the edge of the box with Thomas Müller.
The hosts very nearly took the lead shortly after half-hour mark, though, only for Manuel Neuer to show why he is the world’s best goalkeeping by pulling off a stunning save from Theo Walcott’s close-range header. After the break Robert Lewandowski should have put Pep Guardiola’s side in front when played clean through by Douglas Costa, but the Polish forward blazed over. They were punished shortly afterwards when Olivier Giroud bundled in a free-kick, before Mesut Özil netted late on to give the hosts an unlikely victory.
Man of the match
Bayern dominated the vast majority of the encounter, with a goal the only thing lacking from their game. Key to the Bavarians’ control of proceedings in midfield was Thiago, who had far more touches (123) and completed far more passes (102) than any other player on the pitch.
Bayern are not invincible after all! The Supercup aside, this was the club’s first defeat of the season and also the first time they’ve failed to score in 2015/16.
- Bayern had 69 per cent of possession over the 90 minutes.
- Oddly enough, Diego Costa made more tackles (14) than anyone else.
Arsenal: Cech – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal – Coquelin, Cazorla – Ramsey (Oxlade-Chamberlain 57’), Özil, Sanchez (Gibbs 82’) – Walcott (Giroud 74’)
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Alaba, Bernat – Vidal (Rafinha 71’), Alonso (Kimmich 71’) – Müller, Thiago, Costa – Lewandowski