A GOAL apiece from the deadly Barcelona trio of Neymar, Suarez and Messi was enough to send Arsenal crashing out of the Champions’ League, with a lone consolation goal from Mohamed El-Nenny seeing the struggling Londoners lose 5-1 on aggregate.
The result caused little surprise among observers who had concluded that the task facing Arsene Wenger’s men was insurmountable following their 2-0 home defeat in the first leg. Indeed the evergreen Frenchman himself had described the tie as 95 per cent over after that disappointing defeat at the hands of their European bogeyman.
Arsenal had their moments but were ultimately undone by flashes of brilliance from the Catalan club’s forward trio who have now scored 106 goals between them over the course of the season.
The real drama happened in Munich where former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola’s dominant German champions were up against the strong European pedigree of Juventus.
The Italian champions swept to a 2-0 lead which edged them 4-2 ahead on aggregate before Bayern made a lash dash two goal comeback to force extra-time. Goals from Thiago and Coman then completed an incredible turnaround for the home side who dumped Juventus out 6-4 on aggregate in by far the best tie of the European season thus far.