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UCL: Arsenal embarrassed, loses 10-2 on aggregate

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  • Walcott gives early hope
  • Koscielny sent off, 54′
  • Lewandowski converts PK
  • Brace for Vidal
  • Robben, Costa also score

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski eliminated all Arsenal hope when he won and converted a penalty kick in a 5-1 win in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match-up at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Arsenal had gone ahead 1-0 through Theo Walcott, but still trailed 5-2 on aggregate, when Laurent Koscielny tripped up Lewandowski in the box. Koscielny was shown red.

The final score was 10-2 on aggregate, and the 5-1 home loss was the worst home blowout in Arsenal’s European history.

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A couple of chances went by the wayside before Arsenal went in front through Walcott. Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was prepared for a low shot, and Walcott ripped a high attempt that Neuer could only parry into the goal.

Arturo Vidal fouled Hector Bellerin in nodding a cross at David Ospina, as Bayern looked for a quick answer.

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Walcott had a very similar chance from a tighter angle, and blasted the contested shot off the outside of the net.

Robert Lewandowski missed a 38th minute chance to put the tie to bed when he mishit Arjen Robben’s looped pass wide of Ospina’s goal.

For as lopsided a score line as it was, Arsenal had plenty of chances to narrow it. Olivier Giroud nearly headed an Aaron Ramsey cross past Neuer in the 48th minute, putting it just over the bar.

Bayern came close to leveling the leg when Mats Hummels raced onto a free kick to redirect the ball past Ospina, but replays showed he was correctly ruled offside.

Lewandowski then worked Nacho Monreal to get free on goal, and was taken down by Laurent Koscielny. It began as a yellow card but was upgraded to a red for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Arsenal would be down a man before it went down 6-2, which it did when Lewandowski bested Ospina.

Robben then looked to work a 1-2 with Lewandowski before beating Alexis Sanchez to the business end. Ospina couldn’t stop Robben’s shot, and it was 7-2.

It certainly could’ve gotten worse. Costa roasted Bellerin and squared the ball into the six where Lewandowski’s sliding effort spun off the far post.

Costa got his goal in the 78th minute when he cut around Montreal to beat a flying Ospina. And the goalkeeper was faced with a 2-on-0 when Lewandowski deferred to Vidal for a chipped finish. It wasn’t the last 2-on-0. Costa fed Vidal in the 85th minute to complete the bloodbath.

Three things from Arsenal’s incompetent loss at Bayern

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For 45 minutes, Arsenal looked primed to cast its Round of 16 demons aside in favor of a sunnier UEFA Champions League outlook.

It took just 10 minutes for the dark clouds to gather and then downpour on the Gunners, as Bayern Munich scored three goals in 10 minutes en route to a 5-1 rout at the the Allianz Arena.

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Here’s what stood out from the blowout:

Lewandowski: From the basement to the penthouse

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is known for collecting Bundesliga golden boots, not marking in his own end. It didn’t look like a major foul when Lewandowski’s follow through on a missed clearance felled Laurent Koscielny, but a penalty was awarded and it led to Arsenal’s first half equalizer.

The big man made amends by putting the Bavarians ahead when he rose above Shkrodan Mustafi to head past David Ospina, and made it 3-1 with a clever flick into the path of Thiago Alcantara in the 56th minute.

Arsenal fails to hold its nerve

Playing Bayern at the Allianz Arena means there are going to be multiple periods of time that require holding your poise.

The Gunners managed that early in the first half, but fell apart in the second. Specifically and surprisingly, it can be pinned on Shkrodan Mustafi.

Moments after Laurent Koscielny subbed off injured for Gabriel Paulista, it was Mustafi that was victimized twice.

First, Mustafi lost his positioning and was out-leaped by Lewandowski — no major error here — as Bayern made it 2-1. Then, Thiago Alcantara raced by the German defender to get on the end of Lewandowski’s flick and make it 3-1. With moments, this felt out of control.

A fourth goal was inevitable. The fifth? Not surprising.

Ospina choice rendered moot

There was some question before the match as to whether Arsene Wenger should’ve altered his plan to start David Ospina in order to use first choice keeper Petr Cech.

It didn’t matter.

Ospina made several saves on the night to stop the match from being 7-1 or 8-1 instead of simply 5-1 (yes, again). If you’ve got an Arsenal supporter who wants to tell you Cech would’ve mattered, buy him another one.

PSG 1-1 Arsenal: Ospina, Sanchez help Gunners rip draw from Paris

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Alexis Sanchez’ 78th minute equalizer gave visiting Arsenal a point from its UEFA Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

David Ospina‘s sensational second half is perhaps the only reason there wasn’t a massive number under the hosts’ name.

Olivier Giroud was very good as a sub, right until he picked up straight red in stoppage time. Marco Verratti of PSG was dismissed as well.

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Paris Saint-Germain used a very early goal from Edinson Cavani to take the lead, but watched as Arsenal’s backstop thwarted many chances to insure the lead in both teams’ UEFA Champions League openers.

Arsenal next hosts Basel two weeks from Wednesday, while PSG is off to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets on the same day.

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Arsenal went behind in less than a minute, as Cavani turned Serge Aurier’s cross into the goal with his noggin. PSG led 1-0 early, and Cavani missed two other golden chances in the first half to keep Arsenal in it.

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Arsenal started the second half with plenty of control and possession, but PSG came closest to scoring.

Angel Di Maria should’ve doubled PSG’s lead in the second half, but took a heavy touch on a ball played over Hector Bellerin‘s head.

David Ospina was the hero when he came sliding out to stop an Aurier break down the right. Moments later, Ospina stopped Cavani 1v1 to keep Arsenal’s hopes alive.

Those hopes were turned into reality when Alphonse Aréola parried Alex Iwobi‘s shot into the path of Alexis Sanchez, who made it 1-1 in the 78th minute.

Aréola would later deny Iwobi with a low lunging parry after Sanchez tried to return the favor with 8 minutes to play.

USA finishes 4th at Copa America after 1-0 loss to Colombia

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Very few actually expected the U.S. national team to still be alive and kicking once the semifinal round of the 2016 Copa America Centenario rolled around earlier this week, so in that sense the tournament was a success no matter the results against Argentina and, eventually, Colombia.

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That said, the cruelest dynamic of the third-place game is that someone will go home as the only side to have lost not once, but twice, in the knockout portion of the tournament. Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Colombia in Phoenix, Ariz., that team is Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT, for the second straight year. The Yanks hardly endured the kind of domination that Argentina exercised on Tuesday, but a third loss and fourth-place finish this tournament nonetheless.

Colombia went ahead through Carlos Bacca’s second goal of the tournament, in the 31st minute, but it’s the chipped through ball from James Rodriguez that will (rightly) steal all the plaudits. From 22 yards out, the Real Madrid man lifted the ball toward the near post for Santiago Arias, who headed across the face of goal for the late-arriving Bacca and the easy finish. USMNT sliced and diced, with ease, yet again.

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Clint Dempsey was robbed by a save of the tournament-level denial by David Ospina in the 51st minute. Dempsey’s free kick from 30 yards out started outside of Ospina’s left-hand post before curling back inside and under the crossbar, but the Arsenal deputy scrambled across the face of goal and went airborne to make an otherworldly save.

The USMNT remained just a goal down, but only by inches, in the 61st minute, when Juan Cuadrado caught Tim Howard off his line and opted for the delicate chip from 20 yards out. Two inches too high, Chelsea’s on-loan-to-Juventus winger came up with nothing but crossbar.

Less than a minute later, it was the woodwork that preserved Colombia’s lead, as Bobby Wood worked a scoring chance all by himself, refusing to quit even after falling to the ground inside the penalty area with three defenders blanketing him. Wood’s left-footed shot went agonizingly close to equalizing from just wide of the penalty spot.

The next time the USMNT convenes, it’ll be for the resumption of 2018 World Cup qualifying in September, with an away fixture against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, followed by a home date against Trinidad and Tobago.

Sunday’s transfer rumor roundup: Pato to PL? Three clubs interested

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It’s been quite some time — roughly five or six years, to be a little more specific — since we’ve seen the very best of Alexandre Pato, the former AC Milan striker who seemed a can’t-miss superstar by the time he turned 20 years old.

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Injuries have, of course, robbed Pato of a large part of his career thus far, though the 26-year-old is currently enjoying his best run of form — and health — since the 2010-11 season. In two seasons with Brazilian side Sao Paulo, Pato has played in 95 games and scored 38 goals along the way, which reportedly has him back on the radars of Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool — all of whom would do well to sign a new striker during the upcoming January transfer window. Pato now wants to return to Europe and admits that he is keen on testing himself in England.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, a Forza Italian Football report claims Leicester City are interested in signing former Manchester City and current Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong next month. De Jong, who’s 31 now, is said to be looking for more playing time and would consider moving back to England in order to get it. The move could cost the Foxes as little as $3 million in their chase to finish in the top-four. A tidy bit of business, that would be.

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Turkish side Besiktas confirmed this weekend that they are interested in backup Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. With Petr Cech having been signed during the summer, and his form returning to that of his early days at Chelsea, games are might hard to come by for the Colombian backup these days, who became a regular in goal last season after Wojciech Szczesny lost the starting job.