Wednesday November 3, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Donbass Arena

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 1 Arsenal

  • Chygrynskiy 28’
  • Eduardo 45’
  • Walcott 10’

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    Time:90'
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Arsenal
    • 90+3 Rakytskyy has a free-kick on the edge of the D but he blasts it over and there's the whistle! Shakhtar extend their unbeaten home run to 48 games and Arsenal must wait to see if they qualify. With nine points they should though.
    • 90+2 Rosicky with a mazy dribble and he slides Chamakh in but a poor first touch. Ugh. Pyatov claims.
    • 90+1 GREAT SAVE FABIANSKI! Low palm around the post after Moreno fired for the bottom left. Arsenal over-committed.
    • 89' Three minutes added time.
    • 88' Arsenal on the charge but a dreadful cross from Eboue, who spoons it well wide for a goal kick.
    • 87' SHAKHTAR SUB: Adriano replaced by Moreno, who flopped at Wigan last season.
    • 85' Cilchy gets forward, now Vela turns and returns it to him. Rosicky joins in on the left. Vela to Wilshere, great ball, Chamakh can turn but looks wide again. Now Nasri crosses, Thomas with the header and VELA but he fires weakly at the keeper. Nice turn though.
    • 84' Rat is booked for time wasting.
    • 83' ARSENAL: Final change and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is on for Walcott. Interesting. A physical direct approach from Wenger?
    • 82' High boot from Rosicky on Eduardo. The ref has a word.
    • 81' Srna is down feigning injury. He's a right little irritant he is.
    • 80' Nasri almost wriggles in byt Chygrynskyy - who has been excellent - pulls off Vela, who he was marking, to block and clear.
    • 79' Shakhtar could cut Arsenal apart here, Teixeira and Costa stretching the full backs, but Clichy blocks the former's cross and it's a corner.
    • 78' Srna curls it to the top left but Fabianski reads it.
    • 77' Squllaci obstructs Eduardo and Shakhtar have a free-kick on the left.
    • 77' Chamakah latches on to a loose ball off Eduardo and he can free Vela but too heavy! Pyatov claims.
    • 76' Srna with a great low ball, Adriano flicks and in flies Eduardo but Squillaci and Fabianski dive on to it!
    • 75' Teixeira makes mincemeat of Clichy and wins a corner off him. This team is basically Brazil A.
    • 74' Wilshere tries a slide-rule pass for Vela but the Mexican is tackled and Shakhtar break, Costa races away and he's in but the shot is blocked!
    • 73' SHAKHTAR SUB: Douglas Costa on for Jadson. Brazil!
    • 73' ARSENAL SUB: Bendtner off for Chamakh.
    • 72' Good stuff again from Arsenal as Clichy finds Walcott, who turns and fires another shot but again straight at Pyatov.
    • 71' Chamakh is looking busy on the sidelines. Expect Bendtner to come off.
    • 70' A good spell of Gunners pressure is wasted as Walcott shoots from range, straight at Pyatov.
    • 69' Rosicky finds Walcott centre right, good defending by Rat to show him inside on to his left and the shot is easy for Pyatov.
    • 68' Shakhtar counter and Eduardo can put Adriano in but a poor ball and Fabianski races out to claim.
    • 67' Shakhtar really want a third as they can sense an Arsenal second. This should be a fun final quarter.
    • 66' Srna now hurls himself to the deck after getting round Vela. The ref should book him but just walks away.
    • 65' Nasri's corner is too long but Rosicky recsues it. Now Nasri on the left but cleared. Vela picks it up and Clichy wide to Rosicky but headed away. Wilshere on it now and Clichy crosses AND A FREE HEADER FROM SQUILLACI BUT STRAIGHT AT PYATOV! He rose like a salmon and totally unmarked knocked it downwards but too close to the keeper!
    • 64' Lovely turn and pass from Rosicky to free Vela but Srna knocks it behind. More like it from Arsenal.
    • 63' Hmm. There was no contact but Squillaci stuck a leg out. I've seen them given but good refereeing to spot that he made a meal of it. The referee has chosen not to book him because Squillaci did stick the foot out.
    • 63' Jadson goes down in the box but no penalty! It looked a trip or a very convincing dive, Squillaci the culprit, but neither penalty nor card are awarded.
    • 62' SHAKHTAR SUB: Teixeira on for Gay.
    • 61' Shakhtar bomb forward after Walcott loses possession but Willian's shot is blocked for a throw.
    • 59' ARSENAL SUB: Eastmond comes off for Vela as Arsenal go 4-3-3.
    • 58' Srna and Willian on the right and the Croat wins a throw off Clichy.
    • 57' Eboue gets forward and slides in Walcott, it opens up but he plays it across for Bendtner instead of taking it on and it goes behind the Dane. More open now.
    • 56' Jadson and Willian combine, the latter drills a super ball in but too quick for Adriano, it spins off him and Arsenal clear. Arsenal clear with Nasri and Rosicky AND WALCOTT IS IN but he underhits it and the keeper saves!
    • 56' Willian with a poor first touch and Wilshere shrugs him off it on the edge of the box and fires in but off the outside of the post!
    • 55' Vela is getting ready on the bench. Has Wenger just accepted that his side are likely to lose this, given Shakhtar's form? Seems like it.
    • 54' Rosicky gives it away after intercepting. Frustrating.
    • 53' Nasri's corner is easy for the keeper Pyatov.
    • 52' Nasri puts in a superb cross but Bendtner can't reach it. He forces a corner though, by being a nuisance of sorts.
    • 50' Nasri and Rosicky run rings around Rat on the left. Now Eastmond to Eboue, Rosicky, Nasri wide to Clichy but his cross is cleared. Jadson frees Adriano but he is alone and holds it up. All the way back to Chyrgynskyy now.
    • 49' Eduardo with some wonderful skill to beat Eboue but he runs into Djourou. Arsenal clear.
    • 48' The free-kick, from Wilshere, is good, but Shakhtar can clear and Eduardo is in but Eboue is back to run it out for a throw.
    • 47' Gay trips Wilshere late and is booked. A delay as the wall is arranged...
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - No changes as Bendtner finally gets back on, seems he will solider on.
    • 45+1 Half-time and Arsenal only have themselves to blame.
    • 45+1 GOAL! EDUARDO! He refuses to celebrate as he taps it in after a superb low cross from Srna, but what the heck was Clichy doing? He had tackled Srna but tried to run it off him and out of play, idiotic, Srna picked his pocket and smackd the ball in. Eduardo with two in two against his former club.
    • 45' Wilshere for once gets a pass wrong, spinning it wide right between Eboue and Walcott.
    • 44' Rosicky has to give away a foul after Bendtner gives away the ball. He gets away without a booking though.
    • 43' Nasri and Wilshere combine but Bendtner isn't quick enough to read the latter's through ball. Still with Arsenal though...
    • 42' Rat with a teasing cross but Djourou heads clear. Wilshere with a superb ball with the outside of the boot but Nasri is not Walcott and just fails to keep it in.
    • 41' Wilshere glides forward, now Nasri on it and Rosicky turns and shoots but easy for Pyatov. Arsenal back to their usual style.
    • 40' Eastmond with a tackle and he races away, super run and he slips it wide to Bendtner who slides it in for WALCOTT but he miscontrols and Srna hacks it away!
    • 39' Srna puts the ball in but Fabianski is unchallenged as he claims. Bendtner is back on the pitch.
    • 38' Jadson is blocked off by Clichy and Skakhtar have a free-kick on the right. Srna tries to take it too quickly.
    • 37' Nasri tracking back forces an error from Srna as he came forward, the cross spinning out for a goal kick.
    • 36' Seems like Bendtner will soldier on for now. Shakhtar come again, Gay finds Eduardo but cleared.
    • 36' Bendtner limps off. Not good for Arsenal. Less Achilles I'm thinking, more ankle.
    • 35' Bendtner went down completely unhindered, I have a feeling his Achilles may have gone.
    • 34' Shakhtar seem to be toying with Arsenal, who have crumbled after going ahead. Bendtner is down. Get some men out there, Wenger.
    • 33' Stunning through ball by Chygrynskyy sends JADSON IN but he side-foots it straight at Fabianski! The defender nutmegged Eastmond, who is having a mare.
    • 32' Srna dives after overplaying it around Nasri. Play on says the ref.
    • 31' Walcott with a low cross but Chygrynskyy beats Bendtner to it. Arsenal retain possession. Bendtner tries a fancy flick but Shakhtar break. Jadson to Gay, now Srna, back to Gay as Shakhtar look very much in control now.
    • 30' Great interplay between Wilshere and Rosicky, superb turns and passing from both, but Rosicky's through ball is too clever for Walcott, who had spun off the other way, to the right.
    • 29' Poor marking allowed Chygrynskyy to get in and indeed it's an oggy on his European debut for Craig Eastmond.
    • 28' Jadson to take the free-kick from the left wing... Super ball into the box and it's in! 1-1! Chygrynskyy claims it but it's an own goal I think!
    • 27' Eboue hacks down Willian as he broke following that incident and he is booked. Good refereeing as Busacca books Hubschmann for taking out Wilshere earlier.
    • 26' Patient passing play by Bendtner but he loses control of the ball. Wilshere is down but play on says the ref.
    • 25' Almost another for Walcott as Eastmond cleverly takes a quick free-kick to send him scampering down the right but he overhits his penultimate touch and the keeper gathers.
    • 24' Great ball by Eduardo releases Gay, super cut back and surely Adriano but a brilliant stretching block by Djourou!
    • 23' Shakhtar's excellent passing doesn't pay off as Jadson fires well over from the edge of the box.
    • 22' Good spell this from Shakhtar, responding well to Arsenal's goal.
    • 21' Eastmond is getting overrun here as Willian slides it to Srna, but the visitors clear.
    • 20' Djourou with a good header but Eastmond gives it away! Willian has a pop but easy for Fabianski.
    • 19' Neat play by Arsenal but, after some lovely feet from Wilshere, Clichy's cross is behind Bendtner and Shakhtar clear.
    • 18' SUPER SAVE FABIANSKI! The corner causes all kinds of problems, Rat is in there and Chygrynskyy pokes it home but the Pole hurls himself out to parry on the line! Nasri clears.
    • 17' Djourou makes a mess of clearing and Willian is in but Squillaci intercepts. Still Shakhtar and they have men over and JADSON but blocked, Djourou I think, they want handball but play on AND JADSON AGAIN but he heads off the post! NOT a handball, Djourou headed it. The ref needs to be vigilant as they'll call for anything with this crowd.
    • 16' Rakytskyy cuts out Walcott's early ball. Shakhtar are hemmed back now after a good start. Srna gives it away and Clichy races down the left but the cross is too close to Pyatov.
    • 15' Walcott is sold short by Nasri but Walcott gets it back after Rakytskyy's control lets him down.
    • 14' Willian does Squillaci with ease but Fabianski gets down smartly to hold on to his shot.
    • 13' An Arsenal attack breaks down and Shakhtar can counter...
    • 12' Arsenal are undone by a ball over the top although I'd have sworn Luiz Adriano was offside. Clichy shows his pace to get back and block though.
    • 11' Memories of back when Walcott was striking fear into the hearts of everyone. Good news for England fans. He showed tremendous pace and awareness there.
    • 10' WHAT A GOAL! Walcott! Arsenal broke from the corner, delightful diagonal ball down the left from Wilshere and Walcott just races away from everyone and with supreme confidence takes it early to roll a low curled finish into the bottom right. Boom.
    • 9' Good run by Eduardo down the right but his low cross is put behind by Eastmond. Willian was in there looking for it. Srna takes the corner and Chygrynskyy flies in but deflected wide for another!
    • 8' WHAT A RUN BY NASRI! Cutting inside from the right, the challenges just bounce off him as he rifles it low off the outside of the post!
    • 7' Eastmond gives the ball away. This is his first Champions League game so forgive him some nerves.
    • 6' Rosicky dilly-dallies and Huschmann brings it clear but Nasri wins the tackle. Arsenal build again.
    • 5' Arsenal come forward again but Nasri's cross is blocked by Chygrynskyy, the Barcelona flop.
    • 4' Pyatov is okay, just winded.
    • 4' The corner is flung in and Chygrynskyy is all over Bendtner but no foul! The keeper fals hurt after his own team-mate collides with him, Bendtner is waving for the ref to stop as the keeper Pyatov is injured and eventually he does. Should have been a penalty though, Bendtner was more concerned about his opponent.
    • 3' Nasri bursts down the left and wins a throw off Srna. Arsenal's first foray over halfway. Wilshere now gets forward and slides it wide but Eboue slips as he crosses. Pyatov almost drops the ball though and Arsenal win a corner as he stumbles.
    • 2' Squillaci gives the ball away and the crowd roar Eduardo on. Wilshere is fouled by Eduardo though as the Arsenal man intercepted.
    • 1' Srna, the Croatia defender, is over this... on target but Fabianski gets down to pull into his chest.
    • 1' The first half is underway and Shakhtar immediately attack, winning a free-kick when Wilshere collides with Eduardo.
    • 19:43 FACT: Only four of Arsenal's team started against West Ham at the weekend, although Theo Walcott is returning from injury and Jack Wilshere was suspended.
    • 19:42 The teams are out in an easily sold-out Donbass Arena. It's not too hard to see why Shakhtar's home record is so fearsome.
    • 19:40 Wenger (cont.): "It is always the result of quality. You don't manage to score 14 goals in three games, which is a Champions League record, if you don't have quality players and the willingness to attack. So we are going to try and break that record and top our group. Why not?"
    • 19:35 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger speaking to Eurosport: "I'm going to try and win the group with a team strong enough to do so. We will do the maths later on what we think we will be able to do. We need to qualify as quickly as possible, so we will go to Shakhtar with a very strong team. f we win in Donetsk, then even Shakhtar won't be able to catch us because, if it goes to head-to-head, we would have beaten them twice. So we have to go there and win."
    • 19:30 FORM: Arsenal have also won three in a row without conceding, beating Manchester City and West Ham in the league and Newcastle in the cup.
    • 19:25 FORM: After getting thrashed in London, Shakhtar have won three on the bounce without conceding to go five points clear at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League. They are also unbeaten in 48 games at home. Gulp.
    • 19:20 Shakhtar attacker Jadson is unlikely to play after missing out at the weekend with a foot injury. Fellow Brazilian Fernandinho has been out with a broken leg since early September. Eduardo, ex of Arsenal, got a standing ovation from Gunners fans when he scored Shakhtar's only goal in the heavy defeat a few weeks ago, and he gets another chance to impress against his former club.
    • 19:15 For Arsenal, this is in part a second string as youngster Craig Eastmond gets a start. Captain Cesc Fabregas misses out with a hamstring problem, while forward Andrei Arshavin and midfielder Alex Song have also stayed in London. Robin van Persie (ankle), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Manuel Almunia (elbow), Abou Diaby (ankle) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) all remain sidelined. Aaron Ramsey, out since February with a broken leg, has returned to training.
    • 19:10 Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
    • 19:10 TEAMS - Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Rat, Gai, Hubschman, Jadson, Eduardo, Willian, Luiz Adriano; Subs: Khudzamov, Kucher, Kobin, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Moreno /// Arsenal: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Eastmond, Wilshere, Walcott, Rosicky, Nasri, Bendtner; Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vela, Chamakh, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury
    • 19:05 Arsenal are this season's top scorers in the tournament with 14 goals in three games. If they score seven more goals in the last three they will break Manchester United's record, set in 1998-99, of 20 goals in their six group games.
    • 19:00 Arsenal's Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh, formerly of Bordeaux, has scored on each of his last six Champions League appearances and in eight of his last nine.
    • 18:55 These teams first met 11 years ago, at the same stage of this competition. Back then, Arsenal won the home leg 3-2 but lost 3-0 in Ukraine. But the next time they met was at the Emirates this season, when Arsenal won 5-1.
    • 18:50 Head to head: Played 3; Arsenal 2 wins, Shakhtar 1 win; no draws
    • 18:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Arsenal's tricky trip to Ukrainian league leaders Shakhtar Donetsk, who are a tougher prospect away from home. From 7.45pm.
  • Summary

    • 90+1 GREAT SAVE FABIANSKI! Low palm around the post after Moreno fired for the bottom left. Arsenal over-committed.
    • 85' Cilchy gets forward, now Vela turns and returns it to him. Rosicky joins in on the left. Vela to Wilshere, great ball, Chamakh can turn but looks wide again. Now Nasri crosses, Thomas with the header and VELA but he fires weakly at the keeper. Nice turn though.
    • 76' Srna with a great low ball, Adriano flicks and in flies Eduardo but Squillaci and Fabianski dive on to it!
    • 66' Srna now hurls himself to the deck after getting round Vela. The ref should book him but just walks away.
    • 65' Nasri's corner is too long but Rosicky recsues it. Now Nasri on the left but cleared. Vela picks it up and Clichy wide to Rosicky but headed away. Wilshere on it now and Clichy crosses AND A FREE HEADER FROM SQUILLACI BUT STRAIGHT AT PYATOV! He rose like a salmon and totally unmarked knocked it downwards but too close to the keeper!
    • 63' Jadson goes down in the box but no penalty! It looked a trip or a very convincing dive, Squillaci the culprit, but neither penalty nor card are awarded.
    • 56' Jadson and Willian combine, the latter drills a super ball in but too quick for Adriano, it spins off him and Arsenal clear. Arsenal clear with Nasri and Rosicky AND WALCOTT IS IN but he underhits it and the keeper saves!
    • 56' Willian with a poor first touch and Wilshere shrugs him off it on the edge of the box and fires in but off the outside of the post!
    • 45+1 GOAL! EDUARDO! He refuses to celebrate as he taps it in after a superb low cross from Srna, but what the heck was Clichy doing? He had tackled Srna but tried to run it off him and out of play, idiotic, Srna picked his pocket and smackd the ball in. Eduardo with two in two against his former club.
    • 40' Eastmond with a tackle and he races away, super run and he slips it wide to Bendtner who slides it in for WALCOTT but he miscontrols and Srna hacks it away!
    • 33' Stunning through ball by Chygrynskyy sends JADSON IN but he side-foots it straight at Fabianski! The defender nutmegged Eastmond, who is having a mare.
    • 28' Jadson to take the free-kick from the left wing... Super ball into the box and it's in! 1-1! Chygrynskyy claims it but it's an own goal I think!
    • 25' Almost another for Walcott as Eastmond cleverly takes a quick free-kick to send him scampering down the right but he overhits his penultimate touch and the keeper gathers.
    • 24' Great ball by Eduardo releases Gay, super cut back and surely Adriano but a brilliant stretching block by Djourou!
    • 18' SUPER SAVE FABIANSKI! The corner causes all kinds of problems, Rat is in there and Chygrynskyy pokes it home but the Pole hurls himself out to parry on the line! Nasri clears.
    • 17' Djourou makes a mess of clearing and Willian is in but Squillaci intercepts. Still Shakhtar and they have men over and JADSON but blocked, Djourou I think, they want handball but play on AND JADSON AGAIN but he heads off the post! NOT a handball, Djourou headed it. The ref needs to be vigilant as they'll call for anything with this crowd.
    • 10' WHAT A GOAL! Walcott! Arsenal broke from the corner, delightful diagonal ball down the left from Wilshere and Walcott just races away from everyone and with supreme confidence takes it early to roll a low curled finish into the bottom right. Boom.
    • 9' Good run by Eduardo down the right but his low cross is put behind by Eastmond. Willian was in there looking for it. Srna takes the corner and Chygrynskyy flies in but deflected wide for another!
    • 8' WHAT A RUN BY NASRI! Cutting inside from the right, the challenges just bounce off him as he rifles it low off the outside of the post!
    • 19:10 TEAMS - Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Rat, Gai, Hubschman, Jadson, Eduardo, Willian, Luiz Adriano; Subs: Khudzamov, Kucher, Kobin, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Moreno /// Arsenal: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Eastmond, Wilshere, Walcott, Rosicky, Nasri, Bendtner; Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vela, Chamakh, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury

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    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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