Arsenal kept their Champions League hopes alive on Tuesday night with Mesut Ozil’s late effort clearly crossing the line in injury time in their 2-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Emirates.
Olivier Giroud had come off the bench in the second half to give the Gunners the lead in contentious circumstances with a hint of handball, although Arsene Wenger will have Petr Cech to thank after the veteran goalkeeper made a number of stunning saves to keep his side in the game.
However, with the visitors pushing up to try and find an equaliser, Hector Bellerin was able to break forward down the right flank before crossing for Ozil to apply the finishing touch.
There was a moment of confusion as to whether or not the goal was awarded, but the fifth official signalled that it had crossed the line to spark wild celebrations on and off the pitch in the Arsenal ranks.
It was also undoubtedly a victory for UEFA who have been ridiculed for their use of an additional official by the goalline in the past, but on this occasion a decision was made swiftly and correctly.
Nevertheless, it was a significant win for Wenger’s men as it secured their first points of the tournament, having previously lost to both Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.
In contrast, Bayern had won both of their opening games and are currently cruising in the Bundesliga having won nine in nine, but Pep Guardiola’s men were made to taste defeat as they look ahead to bouncing back when they host Arsenal at the Allianz Arena on November 4.