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Arsenal Rescues 2-2 Draw with Bayern in Champions League after Kane Scores against Old Rival

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By AP (Associated Press)

Published : Apr 10, 2024, 12:15 PM IST

Harry Kane's goal on return to north London couldn't help Bayern Munich register a win against Arsenal as Leandro Trossard's second-half equaliser rescued a 2-2 draw for his side. The match ended with the goal score of 2-2 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals Tuesday.

Harry Kane's goal on return to north London couldn't help Bayern Munich register a win against Arsenal as Leandro Trossard's second-half equaliser rescued a 2-2 draw for his side. The match ended with the goal score of 2-2 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals Tuesday.
File: Arsenal's Leandro Trossard, center, celebrates with Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, left, and Arsenal's William Saliba, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium, London, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (AP)

London: Harry Kane got his customary goal against Arsenal on his return to north London, but Bayern Munich couldn't leave with the win this time.

Leandro Trossard's second-half equalizer rescued a 2-2 draw for Arsenal against Bayern in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals Tuesday after Kane had scored against his old rival yet again.

Trossard rolled in a low shot in the 76th minute to cancel out Kane's first-half penalty and leave the teams evenly balanced ahead of next week's second leg. It was a tough game. Of course we are never happy when we don't win," said Kane, who now has a competition-high seven goals in the Champions League this season and 15 against Arsenal in his career.

The hosts had taken a 12th-minute lead through Bukayo Saka and dominated the early stages until former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry made it 1-1 in the 18th following a mistake by defender Gabriel. Kane then put Bayern ahead from the penalty spot in the 25th, but two of Arsenal's substitutes combined for the equalizer as Gabriel Jesus teed up Trossard in the area.

We started so well. We could have scored two or three goals after taking the lead," Trossard said. You can see what kind of quality Bayern Munich have to hurt us.

The last time these two teams played, Bayern routed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate after two 5-1 wins in the round of 16 in 2017. There was, however, a sense that things would be very different this time as Arsenal is top of the Premier League while Bayern is having its worst Bundesliga season in more than a decade and has ceded the title race to Bayer Leverkusen.

But Kane, who scored a record 14 goals in north London derbies between Tottenham and Arsenal before joining the German powerhouse this season, made sure Bayern returns to Germany with at least a slight advantage for the second leg at home next Wednesday.

Kingsley Coman nearly scored a 90th-minute winner for Bayern, but his flick-on from close range hit the post, while Saka had a penalty appeal turned down in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The game went ahead as scheduled despite an alleged Islamic State terror threat against Champions League matches this week, and there were no incidents at the Emirates before or during the game.

In the other quarterfinal Tuesday, Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 3-3 in Spain. Bayern got the draw despite playing without any away fans in the stadium because of a UEFA sanction against the club, which meant Arsenal was able to fill all 60,000 seats with home supporters. And that crowd was raucous after a strong start for Arsenal.

The opening goal came when Ben White teed up Saka inside the area and the England winger rolled a low shot between two defenders and inside the far post, out of reach of the diving Manuel Neuer. White had a great chance to double the lead in the 16th after Bayern failed to clear the ball and Kai Havertz set up the defender in the area, but his shot went straight at Neuer. Soon after, a sloppy Arsenal mistake led to the equalizer.

Gabriel turned the ball over in midfield to give Bayern a quick counter, and Leon Goretzka slipped the ball through for Gnabry to slide in and slot the ball past goalkeeper David Raya. Bayern was then awarded the penalty when William Saliba tripped Leroy Sane in the box, and Kane who was greeted by a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball sent Raya the wrong way before rolling the ball into the right corner.

In the Champions League you cannot give anything to the opponent, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. We have given them two goals today. Raya saved two penalties in a shootout against Porto in the round of 16, which had given Kane plenty of material to study before the game.

It was one of them where I have done a bit of research of his games against Porto," Kane said of Raya. "It was nice to see him go early and make it easier for me. After Trossard's equalizer, there was still some late drama as Saka had a chance to round Neuer deep into stoppage time but collided with the goalkeeper and went to the ground. However, referee Glenn Nyberg waved play on and replays suggested Saka stuck his leg out to initiate the contact.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, was fuming that his team didn't get a second penalty for handball when Raya played a short goal kick to Gabriel, who inexplicably picked up the ball and retook the goal kick. Tuchel said Nyberg told his players that Gabriel had made a kid's mistake and that he wouldn't give a penalty for that in a Champions League quarterfinal. This is a horrible, horrible explanation, Tuchel said.

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