Arsenal enjoyed a rare victory against Bayern Munich after securing a penalty shoot-out triumph over the Bundesliga champions in Shanghai.
Wednesday’s International Champions Cup fixture followed the pattern of many of their Champions League meetings as Bayern were utterly dominant, but Robert Lewandowski’s eighth-minute penalty was all they had to show with Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech turning in a wonderful display.
James Rodriguez saw five chances at a first Bayern goal repelled by the veteran goalkeeper, whose efforts were rewarded in the 94th minute when Alex Iwobi headed home after a fine Arsenal move.
There was no repeat of the pair of 5-1 thrashings that Bayern dealt the Gunners last term, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men still looked a cut above, although they somehow came up short.
As the game entered a shoot-out, Renato Sanches hit the crossbar before Cech’s replacement Emiliano Martinez continued the hero act with saves from David Alaba and Juan Bernat.