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  1. Arsenal errors hand Porto win

    Arsenal errors hand Porto win

    Arsenal claimed an away goal but should have won as bad mistakes gifted Porto two goals in a 2-1 defeat in Porto. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Porto
    • Arsenal
    • - In tonight's other Champions League last-16 first leg, Bayern scraped a very controversial 2-1 win at home to Fiorentina. MORE HERE!
    • - For photos from tonight's match, CLICK HERE!
    • 90+3 Final whistle, an away goal for Arsenal but they should have won that. 2-1 and Wenger is now all smiles as he congratulates Jesualdo Ferreira.
    • 90+2 Arsenal are swarming forward as Eboue gets in and he puts it through Alvaro's legs and Fabregas must score but what challenge from Rolando! Fabregas was going to fire it home but he slid across to deny him!
    • 90+1 Clichy is lucky to win a free-kick and not to concede a penalty after he pulled back Gonzalez after the Argentine brilliantly took down a long ball.
    • 90' Arsenal win a corner on the left but a poor one from Fabregas.
    • 89' Vela gets on to Fabregas's pass, falls over Alvaro's, asks for a penalty but gets nothing as the assistant incorrectly signals a goal kick: should have been a corner.
    • 88' ARSENAL SUB: Eboue on for Nasri.
    • 86' PORTO SUB: Belluschi on for Ruben Micael.
    • 84' Fernando is booked for what must be the 10th foul on Fabregas tonight.
    • 83' ARSENAL SUB: Vela, back from a knee injury, replaces Bendtner.
    • 82' Bendtner almost gets through but is crowded out. He'll be coming off now for Vela.
    • 81' The corner is swung in by Micael and Fabianski flaps but cleared by Arsenal. Porto come again but Fabianski claims the cross.
    • 81' Gonzalez on for Hulk.
    • 80' Corner for Porto down the left but they'll make a sub first...
    • 78' Denilson wriggles out of a tight spot and Arsenal bring the ball away. But a shocking pass by Denilson who got it back and Costa intercepts. Porto are in as Vermaelen slips but Campbell puts a size 13 through the ball for a throw.
    • 77' Alvaro is carded for a naughty one off the ball on Sagna I think. The lino gave that one.
    • 76' Another good piece of play by Arsenal but Fabregas's through ball is poor, easily cleared.
    • 75' Arsenal really are pushing Porto here but a lack of a cutting edge, Fabregas overplaying it this time.
    • 74' Fabregas has a pop from range but blocked. Arsenal battling gamely.
    • 73' Diaby with a foul on Ruben.
    • 72' Helton does really well to pluck that corner out of the sky with bodies flying in.
    • 71' Fernando with an acrobatic clearance for a corner after Arsenal lay siege on the Porto penalty area.
    • 70' Good pressure from Arsenal now as they set up camp in Porto's half.
    • 68' Sagna mis-kicks a clearance and Porto have it on the left, Varela now...
    • 67' PORTO SUB: Costa on for Meireles.
    • 66' ARSENAL SUB: Walcott on for Rosicky.
    • 64' Fucile goes into the back of Fabregas, who gets straight up and is yelled at by Fucile, clearly angry after that earlier push, and is booked.
    • 63' Bendtner gets in down the left to win a corner off Fucile. Fabregas has a little shove at him as he goes past to take the corner, a clear push but Fucile went down like the Titanic.
    • 62' Porto almost get in again but Fabianski this time claims.
    • 61' Arsenal seem to have lost heart after conceding that goal. They need to stand up and be counted now, show some determination.
    • 59' Hulk flicks the ball over Campbell, super skill and Campbell gets back to put a block in but Hulk still gets the volley away, saved by Fabianski though!
    • 57' Hulk brings down Rosicky and Arsenal have a free-kick on the right.
    • 56' Nasri fouls Micael and a free-kick is awarded this time.
    • 55' Micael with a dragback on Denilson, he goes down but no free-kick and Arsenal can break but Bendtner is outnumbered and challenged well by Alvaro.
    • 53' Nasri with a completely unnecessary barge off the ball, into Fucile, who he just bounces off.
    • 52' The referee is screaming at the fourth official and wants an audience with the referee, which he gets. No point though, he was right to allow it! You can take a quick indirect free-kick anywhere else on the park so long as the ref is aware and the ball is stationary.
    • 51' DISASTER FOR ARSENAL! Campbell with the backpass which Fabiansi inexplicably picked up. That was for him to kick! And Porto took it quickly, Falcao picking up the ball and rolling it into the net with Fabianski still having his back turned.
    • 50' Rosicky goes down under pressure from Alvaro and he howls for a penalty but ref Hansson waves him up!
    • 49' Arsenal pass slickly, Fabregas goes down but too easily this time. Porto can break but Sagna and Campbell combine to clear.
    • 48' A slightly more cautious start to the second half as some defensive confusion almost lets Hulk in.
    • 46' Second half underway!!
    • - Porto edged possession in the first half with 53% but Arsenal have had seven shots on target to the hosts' three.
    • - Seemed like some afters as they went down the tunnel there. Both these sides have 'form' of tunnel-lair, Arsenal's from a few years back but Porto's quite recently - and very dramatically: a mass brawl after they lost to Benfica at the end of last year resulted in a six-month ban for Hulk and fines and bans for other players. The ban does NOT apply to international competition, hence why he can play tonight, his first game since then. There's a video circulating on the web. It's pretty naughty, and a steward got clobbered to boot.
    • 45+1 Half-time after that little bit of aggro and it continues down the tunnell, with Meireles confronting Fabregas but the heavily tattooed pair cooling off.
    • 45+1 Arsene Wenger is having a word with the fourth official: Fabregas has just been fouled for a fifth time this half. Porto are clearly targeting him, Ruben very late this time.
    • 45' An Arsenal attack breaks down after a lovely turn by Denilson on the edge of the D. Porto break but Campbell and Diaby combine to check Hulk's run. Campbell has been very good so far.
    • 44' The home players want a free-kick off Vermaelen's challenge but nothing given and the crowd whistle.
    • 43' Varela chops down Clichy as he gets forward down the left. No card and no end product from the delivery and Porto clear.
    • 42' Bendtner gets in a lot of space on the right wing but, slipping as he crosses, he sends the delivery well out.
    • 41' Hulk is in on the left but first Sagna and then Diaby get back to put to touch.
    • 40' Micael just inside the Arsenal box but Campbell is there to hold him off, clear foul by Micael but the ref ignores it, as he does what was technically a back-pass by Campbell.
    • 39' Poor ball wide is well beyond Varela, skied out for a throw on the Gunners left.
    • 38' Fabregas is caught rather late by Fernando but no card. Pat Rice is angry. Furious!
    • 38' The corner is cleared but Arsenal get the ball back. Rosicky can't find anyone with the ball in though and Helton claims.
    • 37' GOOD SAVE HELTON! One for the copybook, a touch overly flamboyant but he needed to make that stop after Bendtner flicked on Nasri's excellent free-kick.
    • 36' Nasri is brought down on the left wing and Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 34' Diaby half-lunges in after overrunning the ball but he gets away with it after pulling out just in time. Arsenal win a free-kick a bit later and Alves kicks the ball away. Straight into the book.
    • 33' Fernando pushes Bendtner in the back 35 yards out. Needless challenge by the Brazilian. Poor free-kick though, no real guidance to Fabregas's ball into the box.
    • 32' Micael plays the free-kick far post but good keeping this time from Fabianski, holding on under serious pressure.
    • 32' Ooooh, late from Diaby on Varela, he was trying to track back but that was late. Yellow card and a free-kick on the right wing.
    • 31' Great tackle by Rosicky! Now Cesc and Denilson combine, Arsenal slow it down and play keep-ball but Denilson plays it straight to Fucile.
    • 30' Diaby and Rosicky combine but Alves hacks it away. Now Porto can break at pace but Hulk's through ball is intercepted by Vermaelen.
    • 28' Micael to put the corner in from the right... Alves nods it down, poor defending from Arsenal to make a hash of clearing but Vermaelen gets it away. Still Porto come at them though. Micael has it AND HE STRIKES A FIZZING SHOT FOR THE BOTTOM LEFT BUT A SUPER SAVE FROM FABIANSKI! He needed that.
    • 27' Corner to Porto after Vermaelen heads a left-wing cross away from Varela.
    • 26' Clichy gets goalside to Varela, meaning the pass down the Porto right comes off him and out for an Arsenal throw.
    • 25' Arsenal attack with bodies forward but Nasri cannot find Bendtner and Porto clear.
    • 24' 26 yards from goal, Hulk to take and he smashes it beyond the far corner of the wall but well wide.
    • 23' Falcao has a chance to race clear and Vermaelen gets his body across to block him off. A sure free-kick, Falcao wants a card but will get one himself if he doesn't shut his mouth.
    • 22' This is a great game, end-to-end as Micael almost runs clean through but Vermaelen gets back to hoof to row z.
    • 21' GREAT SAVE HELTON! Rosicky raced down the right, cut inside and unleashed a peach of a shot headed for the bottom left but an acrobatic low save by Helton to tip it behind.
    • 20' Arsenal have a free-kick which Cesc puts in the mixer, cleared and almost put back in for Bendtner but too much on it and Helton claims.
    • 19' Last time Sol Campbell scored in the Champions League? In his last game in the Champions League, in the 2006 final.
    • 19' GOAL ARSENAL! SOL CAMPBELL! NO WAY! The corner is half-cleared and Rosicky nods it across the box and big Sol powers the header into the top right. Way to go.
    • 18' BENDTNER JUST WIDE! Super counter from Arsenal as Rosicky on the right feeds Bendnter, who fizzes a shot that takes a deflection and flies inches wide!
    • 18' Now a free-kick to Porto on the left which Meireles puts in the mixer but Bendtner heads away. Micael tries a long shot but miles wide.
    • 17' Varela on the left now, he turns Rosicky inside out but the cross is poor, low and given what-for by Campbell.
    • 16' Confident keeping from Helton to pluck that corner out of the air, wait for his box to clear and hurl it downfield.
    • 15' Rosicky low in looking for Bendtner but Rolando hoofs to touch. Arsenal retain possession and some nice one-touch play sees Nasri free on the left, he skins Fucile and drills it low but Rolando blocks for a corner.
    • 14' Fernando with a cheeky backheel that leaves Denilson for dead but Sagna has more than enough pace to retrieve the ball ahead of Hulk.
    • 12' Vermaelen long for Bendtner but it bounces away from the Dane to Helton. The more you look at the replay of that goal the worse it gets.
    • 11' GOAL PORTO! Horrible from Fabianski! Varela gets the cross all wrong, sending it low and straight at the Arsenal back-up keeper and he just palms it into his own net. Poor lad, he's really just not up to it at this stage of his career.
    • 10' Hulk gets past Sagna but former England defender Campbell uses his considerable frame to block Hulk off. Hulk goes down like he's been shot but it was no foul and Hulk had overrun it anyway.
    • 9' Porto have a free-kick a good 30-35 yards out and Alves is forward to take it... power and pace and a bit of curl but straight down the throat of Fabianski.
    • 8' Slick one-touch play from Arsenal in and around the Porto box but Nasri's flick is just beyond Rosicky and Helton claims.
    • 7' Rosicky drills a low cross into the box but Alves hoofs it out for a throw.
    • 6' Good play by Arsenal as Diaby turns on the edge of the box, feeding Nasri who toe-pokes on target but straight at Helton. Cracking start to this game.
    • 5' Nasri races forward after robbing Fucile on halfway, he has the ball and running towards goal frees Fabregas who could be in but Alves gets back to challenge and Porto survive!
    • 4' In the aftermath of that first chance, Vermaelen made a super block from Micael after the loose ball dropped to him. Now Varela gets down the right but his cross is easy for the keeper.
    • 3' HULK JUST WIDE! Arsenal are getting torn apart. Fucile and Varela down the right, Clichy as usual these days is all over the place and the cut-back - which beats a stranded Campbell - is deflected into the path of Hulk, who fires inches wide of the far post with Fabianski beaten.
    • 2' BRILLIANT TACKLE FROM CAMPBELL! Falcao seemed to have done him for pace but Campbell rolled back the years with a superb slide challenge to hook it away from him!
    • 1' Alvaro plays it forward for Falcao but it is just too heavy for the Colombian as he zips down the left.
    • 1' The first half is underway in Oporto!
    • - Wenger is also unworried about the injury list. Click HERE to find out why!
    • - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger backed Sol Campbell to "show his signing was worth doing" in this game.
    • - Falcao has scored six goals in his last four appearances at the Estadio do Dragao.
    • - Porto's Hulk managed more successful dribbles in the group stage than any other player.
    • - All three of the goals the Portuguese side conceded in the group stages came from open play.
    • - Arsenal have picked up only one win from their last seven games away from home in the Champions League. During this run, the Gunners have failed to score on four occasions.
    • - The "Tripeiros" have picked up only one win from their last 12 Champions League encounters with English opposition, and lost the last three 1-0.
    • - Artmedia Bratislava are the only team to have found the net more than once at Porto in the Champions League in their last 28 games there since November 2003.
    • - No English side has ever managed to score more than once at the Estadio do Dragao in the Champions League.
    • - Porto have lost their last two matches at home to English opposition by a score of 1-0.
    • - Arsenal have scored just one goal in four matches in Europe against Portuguese opposition in Portugal.
    • - Last season Porto defeated Arsenal 2-0 at home in the group stages of the competition.
    • - MATCH FACTS! Arsenal have never won in Portugal in European competition (three draws, one defeat).
    • - Just a recap as to who is absent for Arsenal: Manuel Almunia (replaced by Fabianski), William Gallas and Johan Djourou (Campbell), Alex Song (Denilson/Diaby), Andrei Arshavin, Eduardo (Rosicky/Nasri) and, last but not least, Robin Van Persie (Bendtner)
    • - Not a surprise then but the big news is that Sol Campbell plays in the Champions League for the first time since the 2006 final, when he scored the opening goal for the losing side: Arsenal. That is three months and a bit shy of four years for the former Gunners skipper, who everyone thought was washed up after his one-match career at Notts County came to an abrupt end.
    • - No surprises for either side then, although Nicklas Bendtner has the unenviable charge of leading Arsenal's line on his own. Theo Walcott and Carlos Vela keep the bench warm, alongside Silvestre, Eboue, Traore, Mannone and Ramsey.
    • - Porto team: Helton, Fucile, Alves, Rolando, Alvaro Pereira, Varela, Fernando, Meireles, Ruben Micael, Falcao, Hulk
    • - Arsenal team: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Campbell, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Denilson, Rosicky, Nasri, Bendtner
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash at FC Porto, with the match underway at 7.45pm UK time!
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Arsenal are swarming forward as Eboue gets in and he puts it through Alvaro's legs and Fabregas must score but what challenge from Rolando! Fabregas was going to fire it home but he slid across to deny him!
    • 59' Hulk flicks the ball over Campbell, super skill and Campbell gets back to put a block in but Hulk still gets the volley away, saved by Fabianski though!
    • 51' DISASTER FOR ARSENAL! Campbell with the backpass which Fabiansi inexplicably picked up. That was for him to kick! And Porto took it quickly, Falcao picking up the ball and rolling it into the net with Fabianski still having his back turned.
    • 50' Rosicky goes down under pressure from Alvaro and he howls for a penalty but ref Hansson waves him up!
    • 37' GOOD SAVE HELTON! One for the copybook, a touch overly flamboyant but he needed to make that stop after Bendtner flicked on Nasri's excellent free-kick.
    • 28' Micael to put the corner in from the right... Alves nods it down, poor defending from Arsenal to make a hash of clearing but Vermaelen gets it away. Still Porto come at them though. Micael has it AND HE STRIKES A FIZZING SHOT FOR THE BOTTOM LEFT BUT A SUPER SAVE FROM FABIANSKI! He needed that.
    • 21' GREAT SAVE HELTON! Rosicky raced down the right, cut inside and unleashed a peach of a shot headed for the bottom left but an acrobatic low save by Helton to tip it behind.
    • 19' GOAL ARSENAL! SOL CAMPBELL! NO WAY! The corner is half-cleared and Rosicky nods it across the box and big Sol powers the header into the top right. Way to go.
    • 18' BENDTNER JUST WIDE! Super counter from Arsenal as Rosicky on the right feeds Bendnter, who fizzes a shot that takes a deflection and flies inches wide!
    • 11' GOAL PORTO! Horrible from Fabianski! Varela gets the cross all wrong, sending it low and straight at the Arsenal back-up keeper and he just palms it into his own net. Poor lad, he's really just not up to it at this stage of his career.
    • 5' Nasri races forward after robbing Fucile on halfway, he has the ball and running towards goal frees Fabregas who could be in but Alves gets back to challenge and Porto survive!
    • 3' HULK JUST WIDE! Arsenal are getting torn apart. Fucile and Varela down the right, Clichy as usual these days is all over the place and the cut-back - which beats a stranded Campbell - is deflected into the path of Hulk, who fires inches wide of the far post with Fabianski beaten.
    • 2' BRILLIANT TACKLE FROM CAMPBELL! Falcao seemed to have done him for pace but Campbell rolled back the years with a superb slide challenge to hook it away from him!
    • - Porto team: Helton, Fucile, Alves, Rolando, Alvaro Pereira, Varela, Fernando, Meireles, Ruben Micael, Falcao, Hulk
    • - Arsenal team: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Campbell, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Denilson, Rosicky, Nasri, Bendtner
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash at FC Porto, with the match underway at 7.45pm UK time!

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  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Hélton
      • J. Fucile Yellow Card
      • Rolando
      • Bruno Alves Yellow Card
      • &. Pereira Yellow Card
      • Fernando Yellow Card
      • R. Micael Substitution Out (85′)
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (68′)
      • Silvestre Varela Goal
      • Hulk Substitution Out (81′)
      • R. Falcao Goal

      Subs

      • M. Lopes
      • T. Costa Substitution In68′
      • Beto
      • Maicon
      • M. González Substitution In81′
      • F. Belluschi Substitution In85′
      • F. Guarin
    • Starting line-up

      • L. Fabianski
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Campbell Goal
      • T. Vermaelen
      • G. Clichy
      • Denílson
      • A. Diaby Yellow Card
      • C. Fábregas
      • T. Rosický Substitution Out (68′)
      • S. Nasri Substitution Out (88′)
      • N. Bendtner Substitution Out (83′)

      Subs

      • M. Silvestre
      • E. Eboué Substitution In88′
      • T. Walcott Substitution In68′
      • A. Traoré
      • V. Mannone
      • A. Ramsey
      • C. Vela Substitution In83′
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