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By ESPN Staff
Mar 13, 2013

Arsenal edged out, Malaga through

Arsenal battled to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena, but still bowed out of the Champions League on away goals while Malaga made the quarter-finals on their debut in the competition.

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Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, manager Arsene Wenger accepted it would be a mission impossible for his beleaguered side in Bavaria and so it proved despite a heroic performance to beat the runaway Bundesliga leaders.

Bayern went into the tie on the back of formidable defensive displays and with an unbeaten home European record against English teams since Norwich won at the Olympicstadion in the 1993 UEFA Cup.

Oliver Giroud fired in after just three minutes and Bayern were kept at bay by some fine saves from stand-in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, preferred to fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny.

Defender Laurent Koscielny headed in to level the tie on aggregate with four minutes left, but there was to be no fairytale ending as the Gunners were knocked out.

Malaga's European run continued after Manuel Pellegrini's men overcame a one goal first leg deficit to beat 10-man Porto 2-0, 2-1 on aggregate, at La Rosaleda.

Isco's wonderful opener minutes before the break gave the home side the lead to cancel out Joao Moutinho's first leg goal before substitute Roque Santa Cruz scored just four minutes after coming on to seal a famous win.

With a one-year European ban hanging over them, this year's competition is all the more important for the Spaniards, who ramped up the pressure after Steven Defour saw red four minutes into the second half.

Maicon thought he had put Porto back in front after heading home from a free-kick, however the goal was correctly ruled out for offside as Malaga progressed.

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