Champions League — 14 March 2013

Roque Santa Cruz scored the winning goal for Malaga against PortoBayern Munich and Malaga last night moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

German giants Bayern Munich were given a scare at home to Premier League Arsenal, as they lost 2-0 in the second leg of their tie, but progressed courtesy of their 3-1 victory in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal made a fast start and took the lead after just three minutes. Tomas Rosicky found Theo Walcott on the right wing and the England winger’s cross found French striker Oliver Giroud, who made no mistake from close range.

Toni Kroos then brought out a save from Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski with a drive from 25 yards out and Luiz Gustavo fired over from a corner kick. Arsenal needed two more goals to progress and got their second goal with four minutes left on the clock.

Santi Cazorla’s corner was headed home by centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The goal resulted in a fracas in the goalmouth as the home players started to get nervous. Arsenal kept probing for a goal that would take them through, but the Bundesliga leaders held on to progress on the away goals rule.

In the other Champions League game on Wednesday night Spanish side Malaga defeated Portuguese champions Porto 2-0 at La Rosaleda to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate. The Spaniards took the lead just before half-time.

Highly-rated youngster Isco fired home from the edge of the area to level the scores on aggregate. The away side’s challenge was made more difficult on 49 minutes, as midfielder Steven Defour was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Malaga winger Joaquin.

The home side made the one-man advantage count in the 77th minute when substitute Roque Santa Cruz headed home from a corner kick. Porto went close to equalising the tie late on through Jackson Martinez, but in the end Malaga held on and the fairytale continues for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

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