Trossard’s Strike Secures Arsenal a Vital Draw Against Bayern in First Leg

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Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final versus Bayern Munich.

Leandro Trossard’s goal in the second half maintained the Gunners’ unbeaten streak of eight matches across various competitions.

Given their recent history of losing to Bayern 5-1 in their last three encounters, Arsenal understood the importance of a strong start against the German giants.

Fueled by the enthusiastic home crowd, Arsenal took the lead within 12 minutes. Ben White delivered a precise pass to Bukayo Saka, who skillfully allowed the ball to drift before executing a remarkable shot into the far corner of the net.

With the wind in their sails, Mikel Arteta’s team nearly doubled their advantage moments later, but Manuel Neuer denied Ben White’s close-range attempt.

Unfazed by the strong start from the hosts, Bayern found an equalizer against the flow of the game in the 18th minute. Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka combined effectively to set up Serge Gnabry, who, a former Arsenal player, calmly finished under David Raya to level the scores.

This goal spurred Bayern on, and they were soon presented with an excellent chance to take the lead when Sane was fouled in the box by William Saliba.

Harry Kane stepped up and confidently converted the penalty, scoring for the 15th time in 20 appearances against Arsenal, giving Bayern the lead at halftime.

Eager to seize control of the match, Arsenal intensified their efforts early in the second half, but clear-cut opportunities were scarce as Bayern’s defense stood firm.

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With the game entering the final 25 minutes, Arteta introduced attacking players Gabriel Jesus and Trossard, who combined brilliantly in the 76th minute to equalize.

Jesus created space in the box with skillful footwork and laid the ball off perfectly for Trossard, who finished calmly into the bottom corner.

The match remained finely balanced in the closing stages, with both teams searching for a late winner.

The best chance fell to Bayern, as substitute Kingsley Coman’s flick hit the post, much to the relief of the home fans.

Neither team could find a decisive goal, setting up an intriguing second leg next week.

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