Champions League: Bayern run riot as Arsenal suffer defeat

This was Arsenal's joint heaviest away defeat in Europe, equalling the 4-0 drubbing at AC Milan in the last 16 in February 2012.

Thomas Mueller (second from left) scored two goals in Bayern Munich's 5-1 win over Arsenal.   -  AP

Arsenal are on the verge of exiting the Champions League after crashing to a record 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Thomas Mueller netted twice. Goals by Robert Lewandowski, Mueller, David Alaba and Arjen Robben saw Pep Guardiola's Bayern emphatically avenge their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago, their only loss of the season.

France striker Oliver Giroud scored Arsenal's consolation goal with 20 minutes left, but between them Mueller and Lewandowski have now scored 31 goals for Bayern in all competitions this season.

This was Arsenal's joint heaviest away defeat in Europe, equalling the 4-0 drubbing at AC Milan in the last 16 in February 2012.

With two games left, Arsene Wenger's side have only a mathematical chance of reaching the knock-out phase after Dinamo Zagreb's 2-1 defeat at Olympiakos.

Neymar, Suarez double act eases Barca past BATE

Neymar scored twice as defending champions Barcelona moved to the brink of sealing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov. The Brazilian opened the scoring from the penalty spot before teeing up Luis Suarez to double the hosts' advantage. Suarez then returned the favour for Neymar to round off the scoring.

The South American strike duo have now scored 18 of Barca's last 21 goals in all competitions in the prolonged absence of the injured Lionel Messi.

Mourinho rescued by Willian's bolt from the blue

Willian eased the pressure on troubled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the Brazilian's sublime free-kick clinched a crucial 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mourinho's tenuous hold on his job appeared to be loosening even further when Dynamo's Aleksandar Dragovic cancelled out his first half own goal with a late equaliser for the Ukrainian champions.

But with just seven minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge, Brazilian winger Willian whipped a sensational 30-yard free-kick into the top corner to give Chelsea just their second win in their last nine games in all competitions.

Pjanic penalty saves Roma in Bayer win

A late penalty from Miralem Pjanic revived Roma's chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League in a dramatic 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

With Roma in desperate need of a first win in the group to maintain their last 16 qualification hopes, Mohamed Salah's second-minute strike settled any early nerves at the Stadio Olimpico.

The hosts doubled their lead before the half hour when goal-shy Edin Dzeko hit only his second goal for the Giallorossi and his first Champions League goal since November 2013 to give the hosts what looked like a commanding lead.

Dzyuba brace lifts Zenit past Lyon, into last 16

Artum Dzyuba's brace lifted Zenit Saint Petersburg to a 2-0 win against Lyon on Wednesday and into the Champions League last 16.

The Russian forward's goals either side of the break at the Stade Gerland maintained Zenit's charmed path through Group H in a lively encounter which ended with both teams down a man.

Zenit are the third team to qualify for the knockout stages after Manchester City and Real Madrid.

With two first round games to go, the Russian champions are on 12 points, six clear of Valencia, with Gent on four and Lyon footing the table having harvested just one point.

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