Wednesday September 15, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 6 - 0 Sporting Braga

  • Fábregas 9’ (pen.), 53’
  • Arshavin 30’
  • Chamakh 34’
  • Vela 69’, 84’

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  1. Majestic Arsenal rout Braga

    Majestic Arsenal rout Braga

    Arsenal pummelled Portuguese debutants Braga 6-0 in their Champions League Group H opener at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Sporting Braga
    • 90+2' The full-time whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsenal have been utterly sensational in winning 6-0! Fabregas and Vela notched up braces, with Arshavin and Chamakh also on the scoresheet - what a drubbing from the Gunners! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1' Eboue fouls Alan, and Braga have one final chance to get on the scoresheet. But the free kick is wasted by Lima.
    • 90' Two minutes will be added at the end of this second half, and Arsenal's work is well and truly done!
    • 89' Arsenal are content to pass the ball around at the back as everyone enjoys getting a few touches as the clock ticks down.
    • 88' What an evening it has been for the Gunners, who have looked utterly majestic!
    • 87' Eboue is the latest to fly forward in search of the elusive seventh goal, and the crowd are loving this!
    • 86' Squillaci back tracks well to deny Alan, whose brisk run comes to an abrupt end.
    • 85' Sagna is caught in possession, but Braga's miserable evening is typified as Lima blasts a wild shot over the bar.
    • 84' GOAL!!!!! VELA GETS HIS BRACE - IT'S SIX! What a stunning performance from Arsenal, and Fabregas has been imperious as he takes down a long ball and unselfishly feeds Vela, who slams home an emphatic finish to make it six!
    • 83' Arsenal continue to pile forward in their droves, and this is quite stunning from the hosts.
    • 82' Vandinho concedes a free kick in his own half, and Vela has a long-range effort which flies narrowly wide.
    • 81' Wilshere and Fabregas combine once more, and the pair have absolutely dominated the midfield tonight!
    • 80' What a touch from Wilshere! The midfielder dinks a through ball through to Fabregas, but Felipe is swiftly out to clear!
    • 79' Nasri zips around on the edge of the Braga box, but he cannot get a shot away.
    • 78' Arsenal keep the ball mesmerically once more, and Denilson is joining Wilshere with the neat touches.
    • 77' Mossoro and Lima combine for Braga, and the two subs are looking to make their mark now.
    • 76' Arsenal are enjoying 66 per cent of the possession at the moment, and Braga are helpless.
    • 75' Almunia makes a rare appearance as he flies out of goal to thump a long ball upfield to an ironic ovation!
    • 74' The home fans remain in full voice as Braga enjoy a fleeting spell of possession through Lima.
    • 73' Silvio fouls Nasri, and the Frenchman is about the only attacking player for Arsenal to have not made his mark.
    • 72' Arsenal are keeping possession with consummate ease as Braga are forced to chase shadows.
    • 71' Jorge Helder Barbosa comes on for Braga as the Portugese side make their third change with Cesar making way.
    • 70' Arshavin is immediately replaced by Emmanuel Eboue, and the Russian has been superb this evening!
    • 69' GOAL!!!!! VELA SCORES ARSENAL'S FIFTH! Fine work from Arshavin sees the Russian pivot, then slip a neat through ball into Vela's path, and the striker dinks an exquisite finish over Felipe!
    • 68' Arshavin hits the post! The Russian swivels sharply and pounds a low drive against the far post with Felipe comprehensively beaten!
    • 67' Vela does brilliantly to pressure Silvio and win a throw in for his side. Great work!
    • 66' Arsenal continue to stroke the ball around in their half, and the hosts are thoroughly enjoying this.
    • 65' Sagna is booked for a late trip on Cesar, and that was mistimed and clumsy - nothing more.
    • 64' Song and Chamakh make way was Denilson and Carlos Vela are brought on as second-half substitutes.
    • 63' Clichy covers a swift counter from Cesar with a pacey piece of defending, and that was good play.
    • 62' Garcia and Cesar exchange passes in the Arsenal half, and the tempo drops quite dramatically.
    • 61' Right, now Wenger looks set to make a few changes to his side with the game long since won!
    • 60' Lima links up with Cesar in attack to good effect, but Sagna eventually clears under pressure.
    • 59' Matheus is replaced by Lima, and that is no reflection on the forward's performance, but the game is gone as far as Braga are concerned.
    • 58' A very, very late flag stops Chamakh in his tracks, and the Moroccan is ruled offside very harshly as he races through on goal!
    • 57' Credit to Felipe, who parries the ball wide from a fierce shot by Arshavin, and it is a barrage of pressure from Arsenal!
    • 56' What a run! Fabregas storms through the Braga half before attempting to lob Felipe, but the ball runs wide - that was so nearly five!
    • 55' Viana is replaced by Marcio Mossoro, and it has not been a triumphant night for the former Newcastle flop!
    • 54' Matheus streaks through the Arsenal half, but he blazes his shot over the bar as Koscielny pressures him.
    • 53' GOAL!!!!! FABREGAS MAKES IT FOUR! Arshavin bides his time brilliantly, before dinking over a precise delivery from the left to find an unmarked Fabregas, who heads beyond Felipe - terrible marking, but another delicious goal!
    • 52' It is all Arsenal as the hosts press forward incessantly, and there is no stopping them!
    • 51' Sagna canters down the right at a fair old pace, but Rodriguez intercepts the ball as he loses control.
    • 50' Nasri commits a rather nasty foul on Cesar, and that was both high and two-footed - poor!
    • 49' Nasri jinks his way down the right before dinking up a precise cross, but Chamakh cannot get on the end of it.
    • 48' Fabregas muscles his way forward, only for Viana to charge back and make a timely challenge.
    • 47' Garcia flies down the right for Braga, but Clichy holds off his counterpart with a strong challenge.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Emirates, and now is the time for everyone to post their predictions for the final score below!
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at the Emirates, and it has been an emphatic performance from Arsenal, with Cesc Fabregas imperious! It's 3-0, and a 6-0 win is just 14/1 with the satchel swingers...
    • 45' There will be just one minute added at the end of this first half, and it cannot come quickly enough for Braga!
    • 44' STAT: Arsenal have only lost one of their last 30 Champions League home games (20 wins, nine draws).
    • 43' Clichy does well to dispossess Alan, and the Braga midfielder throws his arms up in frustration!
    • 42' Song plays in Nasri, but the winger is crowded out and has to turn the ball back to Clichy.
    • 41' Aguiar attempts to link up the play in midfield for his side, but Cesar is an isolated figure in attack for the visitors.
    • 40' Fabregas misplaces a pass now, before Song brings down Aguiar on halfway as the play peters out.
    • 39' Song gives the ball away very sloppily in midfield, but Braga are boxed in and they can't get into the Arsenal half.
    • 38' Sagna and Koscielny combine at the back as Cesar is forced to chase shadows in attack for the visitors.
    • 37' STAT: The Gunners recorded the best shooting accuracy of any team in the 2009-10 Champions League, finding the target with 58 per cent of their shots.
    • 36' Koscielny wins a towering header at the back for Arsenal as the hosts win possession and attack once more.
    • 35' Chamakh races forward once more, before Arshavin goes down inside the Braga box with the referee distinctly unimpressed!
    • 34' GOAL!!!!! CHAMAKH MAKES IT THREE! It's another glorious move from Arsenal, as Arshavin plays in Chamakh, who plays a delightful one-two with Wilshere, before rounding off the exchange with a clinical finish! Wilshere's back-heeled assist is frankly stunning.
    • 33' Arsenal continue to peg Braga back, and everyone must be thinking how many goals the hosts are going to score tonight!
    • 32' Nasri wins a throw in for his side down the left, and Braga cannot get near the ball at the moment.
    • 31' It is all Arsenal as the hosts stroke the ball around at the back with consummate ease. It is all too easy for the English side.
    • 30' GOAL!!!!! ARSHAVIN SCORES! The Russian doubles the hosts' lead as Fabregas slips him in down the left of the penalty area, and the forward lashes a low drive beyond Felipe - Arsenal are romping along!
    • 29' Song is linking the play superbly at the base of the Arsenal midfield, with Wilshere and Fabregas zipping around in front of him.
    • 28' Fabregas drives a very poor free kick straight into the Braga wall, and a huge sigh of disappointment goes up around the ground.
    • 27' Chelsea are absolutely cruising, and the other English side in action this evening are now 3-0 up! Click here to find out more
    • 26' Clichy roars forward down the left, before linking up with Wilshere, but the move eventually peters out at the byline.
    • 25' Matheus has to gamble when Braga are on the break, and he is ruled offside on this occasion as he strays beyond Koscielny.
    • 24' Fabregas hurtles forward once more, but Silvio intervenes with a well timed challenge to break up the move.
    • 23' Braga, runners-up in the Portuguese league last season, have qualified for the Champions League for the first time while the Gunners have appeared in the last 13 consecutive editions of the competition.
    • 22' Fabregas dinks over the resulting set piece, but Felipe commands his area very well on this occasion and punches the ball out.
    • 21' That is harsh! Rodriguez tangles legs with Chamakh, and the defender is booked, without having much knowledge as to what exactly happened there!
    • 20' Nasri gives the ball away sloppily before Cesar fires a very tame shot straight at Almunia from range.
    • 19' Clichy floors Alan with a robust challenge, before Nasri enjoys a good spell of possession down the left.
    • 18' Matheus looks dangerous in attack for Braga, but Wilshere dispossesses the forward with a fine challenge.
    • 17' Fabregas goes down clutching his right buttock after a clash with Rodriguez, and he is given a huge ovation as he gets gingerly to his feet.
    • 16' The home fans are in full voice as their side stroke the ball around patiently at the back, before Clichy finds Chamakh down the left.
    • 15' Wilshere again gets forward, but Felipe again makes the save as Arsenal continue to pile forward in their droves!
    • 14' Michael Essien has opened the scoring for Chelsea in the other match involving an English club this evening. Here all about it!
    • 13' Clichy clears the danger superbly with a powerful challenge on Matheus, before lumping a long ball up to Chamakh.
    • 12' Braga have looked all at sea so far this evening, but the visitors break through Alan, who fires a low shot straight at Almunia.
    • 11' STAT: Braga have only won one out of eight matches against English clubs (six defeats, one draw). Braga defeated Portsmouth 3-0 in 2008/09.
    • 10' Arsenal roar forward once more as Wilshere fires a low shot on target, but this time Felipe parries the ball wide.
    • 9' GOAL!!!!! FABREGAS SLOTS IT HOME! The Arsenal skipper steps up and, despite Felipe diving the right way, the Braga keeper cannot prevent the hosts taking the lead! It is no less than Arsenal deserve.
    • 8' Penalty to Arsenal! Chamakh hurtles forward and draws a reckless challenge from Felipe, and the goalkeeper is lucky to stay on the pitch as he is yellow carded.
    • 7' Oooh, Wilshere is narrowly offside! Fabregas slips a most delightful through ball beyond the Braga defence, but Wilshere is fractionally offside as he dinks his shot over Felipe.
    • 6' Chamakh hustles and harries Silvio as the Braga defender dallies on the ball, and Arsenal are pressuring their opponents to good effect.
    • 5' Koscielny thwarts a pacey counter attack from the visitors as Alan powers forward, and that was good defending.
    • 4' Fabregas is brought down again, but this time Aguiar definitely gets a faint touch on the ball and Felipe can collect - Arsenal have started superbly!
    • 3' What a run from Wilshere! The midfielder surges forward and completes a slick move with Fabregas, before the Arsenal skipper is brought down on the edge of the box by Silvio - nothing is given, and the Spaniard cannot believe it.
    • 2' The Arsenal midfielder is fine, leaps to his feet and darts down the right at pace.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Emirates Stadium, and immediately former Newcastle flop Hugo Viana lunges in dangerously on Song!
    • 19:40 Right, the players make their way out of the tunnel to a vociferous atmosphere at the Emirates, and we are all set...
    • 19:35 So Arsene Wenger has welcomed back Samir Nasri following knee surgery, and handed recalls to Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy. What do you make of the Arsenal side this evening? Do you think Wenger has got it spot on? Post your views below...
    • 19:30 Albert has an idea! He wants Arshavin to score five goals. Kudos predicts a 4-0 win for the Gunners, and Josh is with him on that. Madina thinks a 2-1 home win is on the cards, while Bochapet and Jnw93 both believe it will be 3-1! What do you think? Post your predictions and views below.
    • 19:25 What is it about the Champions League that we just can't quit? There is a man who has all the answers... our own Armchair Pundit!
    • 19:20 For all things Arsenal: photos, stats, news and banter, get yourself over to the Gunners' club page
    • 19:15 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League is still the "strongest in Europe". With Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade making up the other opposition in Group H, Arsenal - quarter-finalists or better for three seasons in a row - are expected to negotiate safe passage into the knockout stages. Read more here
    • 19:10 THE TEAMS ARE IN AT THE EMIRATES! As expected, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri return for the hosts. Alain Hamer of Luxembourg is the referee this evening.
    • 19:05 Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Nasri, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Vela, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs
    • 19:00 Braga: Felipe, Miguel Garcia, Moises, Rodriguez, Silvio, Vandinho, Aguiar, Hugo Viana, Alan, Matheus, Paulo Cesar. Subs: Artur Moraes, Paulao, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Lima, Madrid, Elton
    • 18:55 Portuguese runners-up Braga are still without first-choice keeper Quim, who ruptured his Achilles in pre-season training. Brazilian keeper Felipe, a summer signing from Corinthians, has deputised in every match so far this season. The 26-year-old has helped Braga concede just once in their last three league matches.
    • 18:50 Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen have both been ruled out through injury. Midfielder Diaby damaged his ankle in the Premier League victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday while central defender Vermaelen is still nursing a knock to his Achilles tendon sustained while playing for Belgium last week.
    • 18:45 Arsenal host Braga in their Champions League Group H opener at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger missing six first team players for the clash.
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL!!!!! VELA GETS HIS BRACE - IT'S SIX! What a stunning performance from Arsenal, and Fabregas has been imperious as he takes down a long ball and unselfishly feeds Vela, who slams home an emphatic finish to make it six!
    • 69' GOAL!!!!! VELA SCORES ARSENAL'S FIFTH! Fine work from Arshavin sees the Russian pivot, then slip a neat through ball into Vela's path, and the striker dinks an exquisite finish over Felipe!
    • 68' Arshavin hits the post! The Russian swivels sharply and pounds a low drive against the far post with Felipe comprehensively beaten!
    • 56' What a run! Fabregas storms through the Braga half before attempting to lob Felipe, but the ball runs wide - that was so nearly five!
    • 53' GOAL!!!!! FABREGAS MAKES IT FOUR! Arshavin bides his time brilliantly, before dinking over a precise delivery from the left to find an unmarked Fabregas, who heads beyond Felipe - terrible marking, but another delicious goal!
    • 34' GOAL!!!!! CHAMAKH MAKES IT THREE! It's another glorious move from Arsenal, as Arshavin plays in Chamakh, who plays a delightful one-two with Wilshere, before rounding off the exchange with a clinical finish! Wilshere's back-heeled assist is frankly stunning.
    • 30' GOAL!!!!! ARSHAVIN SCORES! The Russian doubles the hosts' lead as Fabregas slips him in down the left of the penalty area, and the forward lashes a low drive beyond Felipe - Arsenal are romping along!
    • 9' GOAL!!!!! FABREGAS SLOTS IT HOME! The Arsenal skipper steps up and, despite Felipe diving the right way, the Braga keeper cannot prevent the hosts taking the lead! It is no less than Arsenal deserve.
    • 3' What a run from Wilshere! The midfielder surges forward and completes a slick move with Fabregas, before the Arsenal skipper is brought down on the edge of the box by Silvio - nothing is given, and the Spaniard cannot believe it.
    • 19:05 Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Nasri, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Vela, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs
    • 19:00 Braga: Felipe, Miguel Garcia, Moises, Rodriguez, Silvio, Vandinho, Aguiar, Hugo Viana, Alan, Matheus, Paulo Cesar. Subs: Artur Moraes, Paulao, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Lima, Madrid, Elton

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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    Manager: Domingos

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