Bayern and Athletico secure away wins

Updated: February 20, 2014


Defending Champions Bayern Munich and Athletico Madrid both secured away wins in their opening ties of the last 16 of the Champions League following in the footsteps of PSG and Barcelona who both achieved this feat on Tuesday.

For the second night in a row an English club had a player sent off, on Tuesday it was Demichelis for City when he brought down Messi and at the Emirates it was goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who brought down star player Arjen Robben in the 37th minute.

The Gunners started well with the pressure eventually paying off when Mesut Ozil was brought down in the area by Jerome Boateng however Ozil couldn’t convert from the spot as Neuer made the save.

David Alaba also had a golden opportunity to send the Bavarian champions into the lead at the half as he stepped up to take the penalty after Robben was brought down only to add to the drama by also missing from the spot.

Against 10 men it was only a matter of time before Bayern found the back of the net and that opportunity came in the 54th minute when after a period of possession around the box Philipp Lahm provided the ball for Toni Kroos to find the top right corner.

It was all Bayern in the second half as Lahm again provided the ball for a Muller run that split the defence which he headed home to seal a 2-0 lead.

In Milan, Diego Costa left it late however sealed the all important away win for Diego Simeone on his return to the San Siro, Athletico winning 1-0 against AC Milan.