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Postby kaisy on Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:37 am

LONDON -- Bayern Munich seized on the uncertainty sweeping through Arsenal to claim a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday, enhancing the German sides status as one of the favourites for the title. cheap beats by dre sale . Germany internationals Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller did the early damage with goals in the opening 21 minutes for Bayern -- a beaten finalist in two of the last three years -- before Mario Mandzukic sealed victory by bundling in a third in the 77th at Emirates Stadium. Former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski had given Arsenal hope by making it 2-1 in the 55th but Bayern was well worth the win, and should have scored more in an embarrassingly one-sided first half where the visitors cut through their defensively inept opponents at will. On current form, perhaps only Barcelona has the beating of Jupp Heynckes classy team. "Lets not hide the truth," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, "it will be very difficult. We will try to make the impossible possible." The second leg is in Germany on March 13, when Porto will look to defend a first-leg lead after beating Malaga 1-0 in Portugal on Tuesday thanks to Joao Moutinhos 56th-minute goal. Bayern has reacted superbly to the trauma of losing last seasons final at Chelsea on penalties at its own Allianz Arena, surging into a 15-point lead in the Bundesliga, qualifying easily from its Champions League group and looking strong thanks to the off-season additions of Mandzukic and defensive midfielder Javi Martinez. By recently labeling his team as the best in Bayerns history, Heynckes is making a big call. But the Bavarians showed just why they are receiving rave reviews across the continent by outclassing an Arsenal side in the midst of the most trying season of Wengers 17-year reign. Winning the Champions League -- surely beyond the English club after losing so convincingly here -- is Arsenals last chance of ending a trophy drought that is set to stretch to eight seasons. "We are currently in astonishing form," Heynckes said. "Our quality is we can punish even the smallest mistakes of our opponents." Defensively, Arsenal was a mess, with centre backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny looking like accidents waiting to happen. The first goal sprung from their lax inter-passing in front of their own penalty box, with Bayern collecting a rushed, errant clearance from Koscielny before Mueller crossed for Kroos to crash home a volley that skidded off the turf and into the net from 18 yards (meters). Mueller then benefited from more hesitant defending for the second, the lanky forward on hand to poke the ball high into an unguarded net after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny parried out a header from an unmarked Daniel Van Buyten. "We didnt start great and thats been a thing for us this season," Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. "Maybe its a bit of nerves or anxiety because we show what we can do when we play." Bayern sat deeper thereafter, playing within itself in the second half only to break out with a clinical counterattack for Mandzukics goal. Full back Philipp Lahm provided the overlap and squared a cross for the Croatia striker to score with a fortunate finish that looped up off his heel. The scruffy strike was hardly in keeping with the visitors impressive overall display. "You have to give credit for their class," Wenger said. "In patches in the first half, there was a difference in quality." With Kroos, Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger dominating midfield with their hulking presence and Arsenals passing awry all over the pitch, the four-time European champions were in cruise control with barely a quarter of the match gone. Arsenals players were losing their heads -- Bacary Sagna and Mikel Arteta picked up petulant bookings -- and they were jeered off at halftime as Bayern supporters belted out another rendition of "Footballs Coming Home" in English. Wenger, under serious pressure for perhaps the first time in his tenure, had the look of a beaten man. Things looked up at the start of the second half, though, and Podolski capped a period of gentle Arsenal pressure by heading into an empty net after Wilsheres inswinging corner evaded a raft of players in the six-yard box -- including flapping Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Wilshere was finally making his presence felt and Bayerns early spark faded as Arsenal monopolized possession. Olivier Giroud, on as a 71st-minute substitute, shot straight at Neuer in Arsenals other good chance. However, Bayern had the last laugh when Mandzukic finished a sweeping move by bundling in Lahms low cross at the far post, the ball looping up off the Croatians heel and beyond Szczesny. "Theres always a chance -- we take it to their place, and we need a few goals," Wilshere said. "We have the players to do it, we just have to start better." Schweinsteiger will miss the second leg after picking up a second-half booking. Beats By Dre UK cheap . -- Bruce Chen pitched into the seventh inning, Alex Gordon hit a two-run double and the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central-leading White Sox 3-0 on Wednesday night to snap Chicagos five-game winning streak. monster beats headphones uk . Johnny Cueto felt uncomfortable on the muddy mound. . Within the last year, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions have each found themselves near the bottom of the standings looking up at the long road towards capturing the 99th Grey Cup. cheap beats by dre uk . Montreal Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry was fined for an illegal block below the waist on a special-teams play during last Fridays game against the Toronto Argonauts. Dre Beats Headphones cheap . Ortiz is on the 15-day disabled list, but he was in New York with the Red Sox on Monday for opening day against the Yankees. He is set to go back to the clubs complex in Fort Myers, Fla., to continue his rehabilitation Thursday.ARE, Sweden -- Olympic moguls champion Alex Bilodeau built his season around peaking for this years world freestyle ski championships. In the wake of winning the dual moguls title and finishing second in moguls there, the 27-year-old from Rosemere, Que., followed up with a World Cup moguls victory Friday. "My skiing was great, but I made a little mistake at the top," Bilodeau said from Are. "I pressed on the gas for the rest of the run and really showed my best skiing after that. To finish with a pretty-much-perfect bottom-air, I kind of managed to come back into the game even with that little mistake." Patrick Dineen of the U.S. was second. Bilodeaus teammate and current World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagne, Que., was third. Heather McPhie and Eliza Outtrim gave the U.S. a one-two finish in womens moguls. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan was third. Canadas women were held off the podium with Montreals Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in fourth and sister Justine in fifth. Bilodeaus victory was his first on the World Cup circuit this season and broke up the domination of Kingsbury, who had won every moguls event so far this season as well as the world title. Bilodeau was disappointed with his score and result, but not his performance, at last weeks world championship in Voss, Norway, where he finished second to Kingsbury in moguls. Dual moguls, where skiers race head-to-head down the course, isnt an Olympic event, but the judged discipline of moguls is. "I didnt have the result in singles that I wanted, but I delivered my part of things," Bilodeau said. "I feel very good right now and with how I came out today and how I came out of worlds, even in the single event. Im really confident with my skiing right now. Im pretty consistent with it also." The Canadian team races dual moguls Saturday in Are and another dual moguls race is scheduled for the World Cup finale next week in Spain. Bilodeau took most of last season off from racing to concentrate on school and give his body a break. Kingsbury, 22, dominated in Bilodeaus absence on route to the overall World Cup title. Kingsbury retains the yellow bib as this seasons leader with 810 points. At 693, Bilodeau is putting some pressure on his teammate to defend the Crystal Globe that goes to the overall champ. "My main objective at the beginning of the season wasnt the Crystal Globe," Bilodeau said. Beats by Dre headphones. "It was worlds and Im sticking with it. I cant say its not an objective. It would be lying because I want to be the best skier out there every day. But Im not looking at it. "My guess would be that mathematically its still possible, but knowing what Mik is consistent with, I think hes going to end up with it." Bilodeau aims to defend his Olympic gold medal next year in Sochi, Russia. He, Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe have met the criteria for early nomination to the Canadian Olympic team. After his semi-hiatus last season, Bilodeau set out to re-establish himself as a gold-medal contender and he feels hes achieved that. "At the beginning of the season, not having competed last year, I probably wouldnt have recovered that well after my mistake," he explained. "I think its the confidence I have with my skiing that Ive built through the season. "Thats what I wanted to accomplish this year. I want to continue on that towards the end of the season and were almost there." A wobble on the landing of his second air element cost Kingsbury the win Friday. "I was doing some of my best stuff of the season, but just this small mistake cost me everything and Im just bummed about that landing, especially since it was in the super final where it really counted," Kingsbury said. "But Im happy and I have another podium and tomorrow Im going to have a knife in my teeth and Im going to ski fast." With a top-five finish, Justine Dufour-Lapointe wrested the womens yellow bib away from American Hannah Kearney, who was 14th Friday. "Today I skied well but I think I just didnt have enough sparkle and glitter," Dufour-Lapointe said. Dufour-Lapointe has 555 points to Kearneys 531. Philippe Marquis of Quebec City was seventh in mens moguls, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., finished 17th, Quebec Citys Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh was 22nd and Eddie Hicks of Langley, B.C. was 30th in his return to racing following a shoulder injury. Cedric Rochon of St. Sauveur, Que., was 56th. Another Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, was seventh among the women. Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was 11th and Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was 12th. Chelsea Henitiuk of Spruce Grove, Alta. was 18th. ' ' '
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