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LONDON -- Second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller gave holder Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal and a firm grip of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday. Julius Honka Jersey . Kroos scored in the 54th minute with a stunning strike, curling the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who came on after Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for fouling Arjen Robben. An unmarked Mueller scored with a powerful header from close range in the 88th. Both teams missed penalties in the first half, with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil shooting straight at Manuel Neuer, and Bayern midfielder David Alaba clipping a post. Szczesny was sent off in the 37th minute for following through on Robben. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was clearly frustrated by the sending off, saying it was a great game until halftime. "It killed the game," Wenger said. "The game until then was top quality. The second half was boring. It was one-way traffic." He said Szczesny went for the ball and suggested the decision would have been different had it been a Premier League match. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola disagreed with Wenger, saying he thought it was a penalty and a sending off. Guardiola acknowledged, however, that Arsenal were the better team in the first 15 minutes and that the sending off worked to his sides favour. "The game changed completely," the former Barcelona coach said. "They had nine players in the box and we had to wait patiently." With the odds clearly stacked against the London side, Arsenal can only hope it repeats last years 2-0 win at Bayern in the second leg on March 11. In the nights other match, Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa scored a late winner to beat AC Milan 1-0 at San Siro. At Emirates Stadium, the match was breathless until the sending off, with both sides attacking and trying to gain an advantage. Kroos nearly opened the scoring for Bayern in the third minute when he forced Szczesny to make a flying save with his fingertips. Arsenal wasnt unnerved and starting to dictate play with chances for surprise starter Yaya Sanogo and Santi Cazorla. Bayerns defence started to panic and Ozil won a penalty in the eighth minute when centre back Jerome Boateng clattered into him as the German swiveled past. However, the playmaker failed to convert the spot-kick and Neuer palmed the ball to safety. It was Ozils second penalty miss in the Champions League this season, after misfiring against Marseille in the group stage. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain created problems down the right for Bayern, but the five-time European champion settled down and started to stretch Arsenals defence as the first half wore on. Robben won a penalty in the 37th, when he jumped to control a ball, which bounced off his knee and appeared to be going out of play. But Szczesny was sent off when he clattered Robbens shin on the follow-through. Fabianski came on and Alabas spot kick clipped the outside of the left post. Bayern dominated the second half and despite resolute defending from Arsenal, the home side finally caved in. The first goal came out of nowhere with a simple exchange of passes on the right, but Kroos was given too much space and he unleashed a shot from about 20 yards (meters). A tired Arsenal back line switched off late in the second half, with Philip Lahm finding Mueller whose header bounced into the ground past Fabianski. Kroos nearly made it 3-0 with a low shot that struck a post in stoppage time. Bayern won the treble last year under Jupp Heynckes, and his successor, Guardiola is on course to replicate the teams domination of European football. The Germans are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season, winning 19 of 21 league matches, and are 16 points clear at the top. Guardiola was without injured attacking midfielders Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri. The only surprise in team selection was Wengers decision to start Sanogo over striker Olivier Giroud, who recently was accused of having an affair with a model at a hotel before Arsenals 5-1 loss to Liverpool. Wenger insisted he wasnt punishing Giroud, just resting him. "I decided to give him a breather for one, two games," he said. Giroud, who issued an apology at the weekend after the accusations were reported, tweeted on Tuesday: "Ultimate precision with respect to my apologies...Yes I made a mistake but not I have not committed adultery! Things are clear..." Curtis McKenzie Jersey . Auld made 37 saves in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. It was Ottawas first game without starter Anderson, who is out indefinitely after cutting his hand Wednesday night, and it was evident the team wasnt sure how to deal with the change in goal. Martin Hanzal Jersey . -- Kael Mouillierat scored three times and set up one more as the St. http://www.hockeystarsonline.com/adidas+mike+modano+stars+jersey .3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer on Monday.Sky Sports Scottish football presenter David Tanner sends a postcard from the Euros and reveals the players with SPFL connections that Scottish fans can get behind as the tournament progresses. So bored was the nation with referenda, that Scotland couldnt wait until June 23 and has pushed ahead with its own footballing version of Brexit.I suppose its good for the health of the nation: the thousands of fans who would have squeezed through the Channel Tunnel to support the Scots wont now have to survive on French fries for a fortnight. Or longer, if wed made it through the group stage. (I took that too far!) Instead, most will stay at home and eat healthier Scottish chips. We can still watch, of course. We can still hope for other nations. And share in their pain. Or we could even choose to enjoy that. Schadenfreude, Steffen Freund or whatever-its called.There is more than just emotional lost baggage for Scotland fans. Even though our hopes went missing before reaching the carousel of the qualifiers, we can still get passionately involved with the Euros by following a host of players and managers with Scots links. Altogether now... Were on the march wae Willies army... You could even cheer on the team of SFA officials working at the tournament! Singing Were on the march with Willie Collums army has a certain ring to it.I must admit Id had enough of feeling left out and so have jumped on a flight to the sun (but mainly clouds) to immerse myself in what is good about a tournament, all that the Scots have missed out on since the French last hosted a major finals, the 1998 World Cup.Im writing to you from Frances second city, Lyon. Im struck by how many Scots are here, travelling to this town to support the nation which has a squad with plenty of SPFL connections - Northern Ireland. Michael ONeill and Steven Davis both shone on the Scottish stage in recent years Manager Michael ONeill lives in Edinburgh and is a regular and erudite guest alongside Neil McCann and me in the Sky Sports studio. Michael has been a miracle worker since starting his coaching career under Mixu Paatelainen at Cowdenbeath before going it along at the mighty Brechin City. When Mick got Northern Irelands campaign up and running in Nices Allianz Riviera - which cost 245m euros - I wonder if he thought back to that first solo gig at Glebe Park, a ground notable for having a hedge running along the length of the pitch! And to think Hibs overlooked him in favour of Pat Fenlon.Its absurd to think that despite being ranked fifth in their qualification group, Northern Ireland finished top. Its as far-fetched as a team like, say, Leicester City winning the Barclays Premier League! Accies Michael McGovern between the sticks for Northern Ireland On the subject of the new Premier League Champions, owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha owes ONeill big time. Northern Irelands win in Greece as recently as October 2014 sent the Greeks into tail spin and just four weeks later, losing to the Faroes led to the Hellenic Football Federation sacking their manager… Claudio Ranieri. Just eight months later he rolled into the King Power to begin the ultimate career re-boot. As well as the manager and assistant Jimmy Nicholl, Northern Ireland have Scottish connections all over the pitch. Goalie Michael McGovern will decide after the tournament if hell stay at Hamilton Accies or move on. The former-Celtic reserve has been linked with the other half of the Old Firm and Aberdeen. France 98: Scotlands last appearance at a major finals The Euros present him with the type of opportunity to showcase his skills that he wouldnt have considered before making the number one shirt his own by playing well in a friendly at Hampden last year. I was in the presenters chair that night and I knew Michael had made an impact when my guest Gerry Armstrong took a call from Pat Jennings.The legendary World Cup keeper told Gerry he was giving the Accies man a massive thumbs-up which, I can tell you, meant the world to McGovern when I told him about the comments the following day. Understudy Alan Mannus of St Johnstone will surely relish the big-time experience of being in France. Kyle Lafferty during his playing days at Rangers Kyle Lafferty may have been starved of service in the defeat to Poland but it will be a different story in Lyon as Northern Ireland have to win and so cant be so defensive against Ukraine. He had a habit of producing goals at the business end of the season during his spell with Rangers and he could yet produce some more of the type of goals which made the miracle of qualification happen for the Irish.Kilmarnocks Josh Magennis will be required to play a part at some stage. Aberdeens Niall McGinn could be promoted to the starting XI in Lyon; he had the most assists of any player in this seasons Ladbrokes Premiership. Watching Steven Davis cruise through games for Southampton and Northern Ireland reminds me of the talent drain the Scottish domestic game suffered in the wake of the great Rangers explosion in 2012. Republic of Ireland duo Roy Keane and Martin ONeill both once of Celtic I must confess that having seen Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland on the head-to-head during the qualifiers, I couldnt help thinking it should have been us when I watched Martin ONeills boys play Sweden. And outplay them. I fancy Martin, Roy Keane and Steve Walford to surprise a few on the continent and power their way through the group.Its great to see West Hams Darren Randolph performing so well for the Irish. He won his first cap when playing for Motherwell and he told me recently that he still keeps close tabs on events at Fir Park. Motherwell fans will be keeping close tabs on him when he faces Belgium. Aiden McGeady struggled to hold down first-team spot at Everton llast season It was a disappointing season for Aiden McGeady, he was sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday by ex-Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Kari Lehtonen Jersey. I would love to see him return to Celtic Park but he may fancy giving Goodison another crack now that Ronald Koeman is in charge.Aiden is unlikely to start in Bordeaux but club mate and fellow Glaswegian James McCarthy probably will, despite noisy criticism from some in the Irish media this week. Having made his Hamilton debut the day before he turned 16 way back in November 2006, its hard to believe he is still only 25.I was really disappointed to see Swedens Mikael Lustig limp off against Ireland. The Celtic defender had spoken in the build up to France about how fit he had felt during the season in Scotland. A sad moment for one of the games gentlemen. Swedish duo John Guidetti (2nd right) and Mikael Lustig (left) past and present Hoops stars John Guidetti, who spent an initially prolific spell at Celtic in 2014-15, played the last half hour against Ireland and the Celta Vigo striker could be in line to start beside Zlatan against Italy on Friday.Ireland could face a former teammate of Guidetti, the classy Jason Denayer. The 20-year old - a deserving winner of the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award just over a year ago - has just spent the season on loan at Galatasaray. Celtic noticeably missed the centre back in 15/16.I am keeping a close watch on Group B as it contains two British sides but also two of the teams Scotland will face in the World Cup qualifiers.Scotland head to Wembley in November exactly a month after they play one of the other sides in Englands Euro section, Slovakia. The Slovakians didnt perform well against Wales but they were spirited in their win against Russia, with former Rangers loan signing Vladimir Weiss on the scoresheet. Former Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster on the bench against Russia Fraser Forster was on the bench for Englands opener but the former Celtic favourite needs only look at next opponents, Wales, for a reminder that he needs to be ready for the call to action. Number one Wayne Hennessey suffered a muscle spasm and was replaced by Liverpools Danny Ward. Ward was superb for Aberdeen in the first half of the season; had he not been recalled by Jurgen Klopp, Ronny Deilas time at Celtic may not have ended on such cordial terms... Owain Fôn Williams of Inverness is the other goalie in the Welsh squad.Striker Simon Church, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Pittodrie, was on the bench for the Welsh as was former-Celt Joe Ledley who came on to make an extraordinarily rapid return from a broken leg. Joe is a top pro and deserves a chance to perform at this level. Alfred Finnbogason on a visit to Hutchison Vale during his time with Iceland U21s Iceland make their first appearance at a major tournament with a side which is built on the team which eliminated Scotland in the Euro U21s play-offs in 2010. The home leg is remembered by Scots for Chris McGuires 60-yarder, scored straight from the centre after Gylfi Sigurdsson had opened the scoring at Easter Road. Sigurdsson scored two cracking goals that night and gave us a preview of what wed later see flashes off at Tottenham and then every week at Swansea.The Icelandic star with the most to thank Scotland for is Real Sociedads Alfred Finnbogason. The striker spent two years of his childhood in the capital whilst his father attended Edinburgh University. During his time in Scotland, he played for Hutchison Vale, the kids club which has helped rear a host of Scotland internationals over the years, including John Collins, Allan McGregor, Kenny Miller, Steven & Gary Caldwell and Scotlands current Player of the Year, Leigh Griffiths.Last September, Finnbogason hit the headlines during a spell on loan at Olympiacos when he bagged a Champions League winner against Arsenal in London. The Hibs fan featured in the sensational draw with Ronaldos Portugal. Partick Thistles Mathias Pogba, not to be confused with wee bro Paul Partick Thistle fans might choose to cheer on the hosts… despite their dismantling of Scotland in Metz at the start of the month. Thistle forward Mathias Pogba will be following the French as his lesser-known (in Maryhill, at any rate) brother, Paul, the Juventus midfielder, is starring for Les Bleus. Paul seems to me to be a tad more mobile than his sibling but given a choice between the Pogba brothers, Id always choose the Jags over Juve(!)Did you know that there is a third Pogba brother? Mathias twin, Florentin, is a defender with St Etienne. The twins also play internationally, for Guinea, the country of their birth. Paul was born after the family emigrated to France. Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley... no relation to the boy Coman Incidentally, France midfielder Kingsley Coman is absolutely no relation to the global sensation that is Kingsley, Partick Thistles demented mascot. Which is a good thing for one of them. The Bayern Munich teenager was born during the week in which Scotland played the Netherlands and England at Euro 96, the Scots last appearance at the continental championship finals. That does rather put the last two decades of mishap into perspective.Finally, best of luck to Scotlands best referee, Willie Collum, and to his team for a successful Euro campaign. Willie had his first stint with the whistle for host nation Frances game against Albania in the cauldron that is the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Wenesday. Thats pressure. Ice cool Willie will have taken it on his stride!So, the great party is in full swing. And Scotland arent at it. Looking on the bright side: were spared the cerebral strain of having to learn the French words for champagne or Bordeaux.It would have been nice, mind you. Cest la vie, by the way. Also See: Euro 2016 Fixtures Latest video Tables Get Sky Sports Get a £10 free bet! 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