UCL AT HALF: Arsenal, Napoli nab early goals

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Both trailing sides struck early in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second legs, putting Napoli within striking distance of the quarterfinals.

Arsenal still has a mountain to climb, but has begun its attempt at the Emirates.

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Arsenal 1-0 (2-5 agg.) Bayern Munich

Theo Walcott‘s blasted goal lit up the Emirates Stadium crowd as Arsenal attempts to claw back from a 5-1 first leg deficit versus Bayern Munich.

The English attacker caught Manuel Neuer preparing for a low shot, and fired above the goalkeeper. Neuer got a small piece before the ball flew around the inside of the goal.

The club entered halftime up 1-0, but down 5-2 on aggregate.

Napoli 1-0 (2-3 agg.) Real Madrid

Elsewhere, Marek Hamsik found red-hot Dries Mertens to pull the hosts to within a goal of eliminating the reigning champs. Both Mertens and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo have put shots off posts in this one.