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Arsenal beat Bayern Munich on penalties: report

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A draw with Bayern! A trophy!

FC Bayern v Arsenal FC - 2017 International Champions Cup China Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Alex Iwobi’s last minute equaliser earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich, before Arsenal won 3-2 on penalties. Bayern, in very hot conditions that saw Sead Kolasinac come off having been sick, started the far better of the teams, and took the lead after 8 minutes from the spot. They were awarded the penalty in dubious circumstances—Juan Bernat dived over the challenge of Ainsley Matiland-Niles—and Robert Lewandowski duly converted. Arsenal had an unfamiliar backline and had to call upon Petr Cech several times, with the keeper making excellent saves. Arsenal had chances of their own: Danny Welbeck’s cross for the excellent Mesut Özil was volleyed straight at Tom Starke, and Özil’s excellent through ball created a one on one chance for Alexandre Lacazette, who squandered it. It was a good save from Starke, but Lacazette’s finish was poor, and not what you would expect from a player signed precisely for his ability to score.

Arsenal made lots of chances at half time and in the second half, and in the last minute, two of them combined for the equalising goal. Alex Iwobi won back possession, carried the ball, then played a pass to Aaron Ramsey, who had made a run in support. Ramsey crossed the ball first time with his left foot, for Iwobi to run onto and head past Starke.

In the shoot out, Emi Martinez saved penalties from David Alaba and Bernat, while Renato Sanches hit the bar. Mohamed Elneny saw his penalty saved, but Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Iwobi scored.

Arsenal: Cech (Martinez 72), Bielik (Bramall 45’), Elneny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Coquelin (Willock 45’), Xhaka (Ramsey 62’), Kolasinac (Nelson 42’); Özil (Iwobi 45’), Welbeck (Nketiah 72’); Lacazette (Walcott 45’)