Tuesday September 28, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Stadion FK Partizan

Partizan Belgrade 1 - 3 Arsenal

  • Cléo 33’ (pen.)
  • Arshavin 15’
  • Chamakh 71’
  • Squillaci 82’

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  1. Arsenal overwhelm Partizan

    Arsenal overwhelm Partizan

    Arsenal beat 10-man Partizan Belgrade 3-1 in their Champions League encounter in Serbia to cement top position in Group H. More

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    Time:90'
    • Partizan Belgrade
    • Arsenal
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME!! Arsenal beat 10-man Partizan Belgrade 3-1 in their Champions League encounter in Serbia to cement top position in Group H.
    • 90+2' Fabianski's last Champions League appearance was a shocker at Porto, somewhat different tonight.
    • 90+1' Another great save from Fabianski who pushes Iliev's effort around the post from point-blank range.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 89' Stojkovic denies Nasri with a good save to his right.
    • 88' This will be Arsenal's first away Champions League victory for a year since they beat Standard Liege.
    • 87' Fabianski was visibly delighted after his save. Will he play in the big game against Chelsea on Sunday?
    • 86' SAVED!! This time Fabianski guesses right and he dives low to his right to push Cleo's second penalty of the evening around the post.
    • 85' PENALTY PARTIZAN!! A clumsy challenge from Gibbs on Ilic and although the first contact looks to be outside of the penalty area, a spot kick is awarded and the hosts have a glimmer.
    • 84' Ivica Iliev on for Boya.
    • 83' Gael Clichy replaces Arshavin.
    • 82' GOAL ARSENAL!! Sebastien Squillaci scores his first goal for the Gunners as Nasri's whipped corner is glanced home by the defender who gets ahead of Krstajic.
    • 81' Vela's shot is deflected behind by Savic for a corner.
    • 80' Arshavin's shot from the edge of the penalty area is narrowly wide of the post.
    • 79' Something of a keep-ball session at the moment by Arsenal.
    • 78' Krstajic heads Gibbs' cross clear in the penalty area.
    • 77' Denilson challenges for the ball with Pierre Boya. Match Image
    • 76' Cleo catches Denilson with a trailing arm to the head and the Brazilian needs treatment.
    • 75' Shakhtar Donetsk look set to join the Gunners on six points at the top of the group ahead of their meetings in Matchday 3 and 4 as they lead 2-0 in Braga. Follow that game LIVE
    • 74' Nasri left out tonight despite four goals in his last two games.
    • 73' A double change for Arsenal as Carlos Vela and Nasri replace Chamakh and Wilshere.
    • 72' Chamakh had scored in his first three home appearances for Arsenal prior to the West Brom game. But that's his first away goal for his new club.
    • 71' Arshavin finds Chamakh in the box but he delays his shot and that allows Savic to make a desperate saving tackle.
    • 70' GOAL ARSENAL!! The Gunners take the lead through Chamakh whose initial header from Rosicky's cross is tipped onto the crossbar but the Moroccan striker is on hand to nod home the rebound.
    • 69' Chamakh finds Arshavin on the left side of the penalty area and his deflected shot is smartly saved by Stojkovic away to his right.
    • 68' Petrovic is replaced by number 99 Milan Smiljanic.
    • 67' Superb challenge by Savic to stop Wilshere's run into the penalty area.
    • 66' Wilshere needs treatment after Krstajic comes through the back. Partizan committed 23 fouls in their opening match, more than any other team in the competition, and have made 14 fouls tonight which has not impressed Mr Wenger.
    • 65' Song challenges for the ball with Radosav Petrovic. Match Image
    • 64' Gibbs gets to the by-line but is penalised for pulling back Medo, a decision made by one of the officials behind the goal.
    • 63' Arshavin cuts into the penalty area but a superb sliding challenge from Medo curtails his run.
    • 62' Aimless ball from Stevanovic with Cleo now cutting an isolated figure in the Partizan attack.
    • 61' Nasri is now warming up for the Gunners.
    • 60' Aleksandar Stanojevic makes a tactical change with Tomic replaced by defender Stefan Savic.
    • 59' Arsenal force a corner but punched clear by Stojkovic.
    • 58' Ilic booked for a cynical trip on Chamakh.
    • 57' Samir Nasri, who scored two penalties against Tottenham last week, is on the bench.
    • 56' SAVED!! Arshavin's penalty is down the middle but saved by the trailling legs of Stojkovic.
    • 55' Arshavin slides the ball through to Chamakh who is tripped by Jovanovic and it is a penalty and a RED CARD for a professional foul.
    • 54' Rosicky seems to be pulled back by Krstajic on the edge of the penalty area but Herr Stark shakes his head.
    • 53' An audacious attempt from Cleo drifts harmlessly wide of Fabianski's far post.
    • 52' Sagna and Chamakh combine but the full-back's swinger with his left foot from 20 yards rolls wide.
    • 51' Cleo sends Ilic clear but the Brazil-born striker can't control the return ball 12 yards out.
    • 50' Arshavin challenges for the ball with Ivan Stevanovic. Match Image
    • 49' Gibbs pops up in the penalty area but the through ball gets stuck under his feet and the chance is lost.
    • 48' Partizan have drawn all three of their Champions League home matches. An omen perhaps.
    • 47' Stojkovic gets down low to his right to save from Rosicky.
    • 46' No changes to either side as the second-half gets underway.
    • 45+1' A lung busting run down the left from Arshavin but he can't find a team-mate with his cross and that is the last action of the opening period.
    • 45' Arsene Wenger’s side’s 6-0 win was the biggest ever victory in the opening match of a Champions League group stage but no walk in the park tonight.
    • 44' Boya clips the ball across the face of goal but it is beyond Ilic.
    • 43' Jovanovic gets a final warning after the latest in a series of infingements.
    • 42' Krstajic played for Serbia in a World Cup qualifier against a France side including Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy in Paris in 2008.
    • 41' Krstajic's free-kick is way over the crossbar.
    • 40' Partizan not really going anywhere but Djourou dives in to gift them a free-kick they can put into the danger zone.
    • 39' Arshavin tries to find the top corner but Stojkovic comfortably punches clear.
    • 38' Ivan Stevanovic blocks off Arshavin and another Arsenal free-kick in a dangerous area.
    • 37' Chamakh has scored in each of his last four Champions League matches, including three last season for Bordeaux. He has scored six in his last seven games.
    • 36' Wilshere's cross is just behind Chamakh at the back post who tries to knock the ball into the path of a midfielder rather trying to twist his neck muscles and get an attempt on goal.
    • 35' Arsenal have lost their last three Champions League away games and need to respond to that setback in a positive fashion.
    • 34' Replays suggest the ball struck a combination of chest and bottom of the arm. The cross travelled a long distance, the Brazilian surely should have done more to get his arm out of the way.
    • 33' The Gunners have now gone 13 Champions League games on the road without a clean sheet.
    • 32' GOAL PARTIZAN!! Cleo calmly slots the ball into the corner as Fabianski dives the other way.
    • 31' PENALTY PARTIZAN!! A cross from the left strikes Denilson on the hand and a spot kick is awarded by Herr Stark.
    • 30' The Gunners scored six goals from just eight shots on target in their opening Champions League match. They have had five attempts on goal here in the opening half hour.
    • 29' Denilson's free-kick is straight at Stojkovic who punches clear.
    • 28' Sasa Ilic brings down Arshavin on the edge of the penalty area. Something of a soft free-kick.
    • 27' Chamakh beats the last defender and the ball falls to Arshavin who lobs the keeper but is denied by Jovanovic who makes a desperate volleyed clearance in his own six-yard box, facing his own goal.
    • 26' Medo tries his luck from 30 yards and it is just over the crossbar with Fabianski worried.
    • 25' Another fine save from Stojkovic as the ball falls to Rosicky into the penalty area but the stand-in skipper is denied by the legs of the home keeper.
    • 24' Stojkovic was a much maligned figure at the DW Stadium.
    • 23' Arshavin denied by the outrushing Stojkovic who makes an excellent save as the Russian attempts to lift the ball over him from close range. Two great chances in as many minutes for the Gunners to extend their lead.
    • 22' Wilshere and Arshavin combine once more but the Russian attempts to square to Chamakh in the penalty area when he could have had a clean sight of goal from 10 yards.
    • 21' Stojkovic flaps at the corner under pressure from Song but Partizan smuggle clear.
    • 20' Sagna's cross is too deep from Chamakh but Marko Jovanovic needlessly nods behind for a corner.
    • 19' Arsenal have won only one of their last nine Champions League away games but are on course here.
    • 18' Arshavin almost picks out Chamakh at the back post but Mladen Krstajic nods clear.
    • 17' An ambitious long-range attempt from Radosav Petrovic is high over the crossbar.
    • 16' Stojkovic, the former Wigan keeper, had no chance.
    • 15' GOAL ARSENAL!! The Gunners' first shot and it results in a goal for Andrey Arshavin. A lovely move as the Russian feeds Jack Wilshere who backheels the ball back into Arshavin's path and he comprehensively beats Vladimir Stojkovic from 10 yards.
    • 14' Cleo brushes off Djourou but his final shot from 20 yards is wide of Fabianski's near post.
    • 13' A better move from Arsenal but Alex Song's dink into the penalty area aimed for Marouane Chamakh is cleared.
    • 12' Arsenal’s only previous encounter with a Serbian team was when they lost over two legs to Red Star Belgrade in the 1978-79 UEFA Cup.
    • 11' Tomic tries to force a corner off Gibbs but the ball bounces back and hits the Partizan player.
    • 10' Partizan have lost four of their last five games against English clubs but have had the better early chances..
    • 9' A weak back header from Squillaci almost lets in Boya but Fabianski is smartly off his line to smother the poke at goal.
    • 8' Cleo exposes a square Arsenal defence and bursts into the penalty area, he cuts inside and the ball runs through to Nemanja Tomic but an important challenge from Denilson denies the midfielder a tap-in.
    • 7' Pierre Boya goes down easily under a challenge from Sebastien Squillaci but the penalty appeals are waved away.
    • 6' Cleo has the first shot on goal of the night as he manipulates some space on the edge of the penalty area but it trickles comfortably through to Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 5' Tomas Rosicky is the Arsenal skipper tonight.
    • 4' Arsenal win a free-kick on the right which is flicked on by Bacary Sagna in the penalty area but it runs harmlessly out of play.
    • 3' Partizan are still seeking their first Champions League victory in what is their eighth match.
    • 2' We are now back down to three working floodlights but as long as another light does not fail then the match will go on.
    • 1' And we are underway at a loud and colourful Stadion FK Partizan.
    • 19:40 Today's referee is Wolfgang Stark from Germany.
    • 19:35 The Gunners must be wary of Brazil-born striker Cleo, who has recently been granted citizenship to play for Serbia in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, and is looking to add to his 11-goal tally.
    • 19:30 The floodlights are on so we should get away on time.
    • 19:25 Partizan's veteran skipper Mladen Krstajic plays with a protective face mask. The defender broke his nose in a match in early September. Right-back Aleksandar Miljkovic is ruled out after injuring his ankle in training.
    • 19:20 Reports are that the Arsenal team were using their mobile phones as lighting in the dressing room as there was no power and one floodlight is not working as they warm-up. The match will not start unless the stadium has its' full allocation of lights.
    • 19:15 Arsene Wenger makes six changes from the team beaten by the Baggies. Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Robin van Persie (ankle) and Theo Walcott (ankle) all remain sidelined.
    • 19:10 Under-fire Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is out with an elbow injury so Lukasz Fabianski, who has also come in for some criticism for his performances, starts the match. The injured Abou Diaby is replaced by Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny and Gael Clichy are dropped so Johan Djourou partners Sebastien Squillaci in the continued absence of Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Kieran Gibbs returns after a foot injury. Tomas Rosicky and Denilson come in for Samir Nasri and Emmanauel Eboue.
    • 19:05 Partizan Belgrade: 88-Vladimir Stojkovic, 3-Ivan Stevanovic, 13-Marko Jovanovic, 20-Mladen Krstajic, 18-Aleksandar Lazevski; 7-Nemanja Tomic, 8-Radosav Petrovic, 4-Medo, 22-Sasa Ilic; 11-Pierre Boya, 9-Cleo. /// Arsenal: 21-Lukasz Fabianski; 3-Bacary Sagna, 20-Johan Djourou, 18-Sebastien Squillaci, 28-Kieran Gibbs; 7-Tomas Rosicky, 17-Alex Song, 15-Denilson, 23-Andrey Arshavin; 19-Jack Wilshere, 29-Marouane Chamakh.
    • 19:00 There are reports of problems with the electricity supply at the Stadion FK Partizan and the game could be delayed until they resolve the problem.
    • 18:55 Partizan may have come through three rounds of qualifying to reach the group stages, but the Belgrade side are in good form, with five wins from six to top their domestic table.
    • 18:50 The Gunners were shell-shocked by their home Barclays Premier League defeat to West Brom on Saturday, where they had trailed 3-0, and now must look to get their season back on track with a positive result in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in European football.
    • 18:45 Arsenal are ready for what is set to be a highly-charged Champions League encounter against Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Another great save from Fabianski who pushes Iliev's effort around the post from point-blank range.
    • 86' SAVED!! This time Fabianski guesses right and he dives low to his right to push Cleo's second penalty of the evening around the post.
    • 85' PENALTY PARTIZAN!! A clumsy challenge from Gibbs on Ilic and although the first contact looks to be outside of the penalty area, a spot kick is awarded and the hosts have a glimmer.
    • 82' GOAL ARSENAL!! Sebastien Squillaci scores his first goal for the Gunners as Nasri's whipped corner is glanced home by the defender who gets ahead of Krstajic.
    • 70' GOAL ARSENAL!! The Gunners take the lead through Chamakh whose initial header from Rosicky's cross is tipped onto the crossbar but the Moroccan striker is on hand to nod home the rebound.
    • 69' Chamakh finds Arshavin on the left side of the penalty area and his deflected shot is smartly saved by Stojkovic away to his right.
    • 56' SAVED!! Arshavin's penalty is down the middle but saved by the trailling legs of Stojkovic.
    • 55' Arshavin slides the ball through to Chamakh who is tripped by Jovanovic and it is a penalty and a RED CARD for a professional foul.
    • 32' GOAL PARTIZAN!! Cleo calmly slots the ball into the corner as Fabianski dives the other way.
    • 31' PENALTY PARTIZAN!! A cross from the left strikes Denilson on the hand and a spot kick is awarded by Herr Stark.
    • 27' Chamakh beats the last defender and the ball falls to Arshavin who lobs the keeper but is denied by Jovanovic who makes a desperate volleyed clearance in his own six-yard box, facing his own goal.
    • 25' Another fine save from Stojkovic as the ball falls to Rosicky into the penalty area but the stand-in skipper is denied by the legs of the home keeper.
    • 23' Arshavin denied by the outrushing Stojkovic who makes an excellent save as the Russian attempts to lift the ball over him from close range. Two great chances in as many minutes for the Gunners to extend their lead.
    • 22' Wilshere and Arshavin combine once more but the Russian attempts to square to Chamakh in the penalty area when he could have had a clean sight of goal from 10 yards.
    • 15' GOAL ARSENAL!! The Gunners' first shot and it results in a goal for Andrey Arshavin. A lovely move as the Russian feeds Jack Wilshere who backheels the ball back into Arshavin's path and he comprehensively beats Vladimir Stojkovic from 10 yards.
    • 9' A weak back header from Squillaci almost lets in Boya but Fabianski is smartly off his line to smother the poke at goal.
    • 8' Cleo exposes a square Arsenal defence and bursts into the penalty area, he cuts inside and the ball runs through to Nemanja Tomic but an important challenge from Denilson denies the midfielder a tap-in.
    • 19:05 Partizan Belgrade: 88-Vladimir Stojkovic, 3-Ivan Stevanovic, 13-Marko Jovanovic, 20-Mladen Krstajic, 18-Aleksandar Lazevski; 7-Nemanja Tomic, 8-Radosav Petrovic, 4-Medo, 22-Sasa Ilic; 11-Pierre Boya, 9-Cleo. /// Arsenal: 21-Lukasz Fabianski; 3-Bacary Sagna, 20-Johan Djourou, 18-Sebastien Squillaci, 28-Kieran Gibbs; 7-Tomas Rosicky, 17-Alex Song, 15-Denilson, 23-Andrey Arshavin; 19-Jack Wilshere, 29-Marouane Chamakh.
    • 19:00 There are reports of problems with the electricity supply at the Stadion FK Partizan and the game could be delayed until they resolve the problem.

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