Tuesday November 23, 2010 Group Stage: Group H Finished Estádio Municipal de Braga

Sporting Braga 2 - 0 Arsenal

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  1. Sporting Braga stun Arsenal

    Sporting Braga stun Arsenal

    Sporting Braga inflicted a shock 2-0 Champions League defeat on Arsenal with late goals from Matheus at the Estádio Municipal. More

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    Time:90'
    • Sporting Braga
    • Arsenal
    • 94' The goal is the last kick of the match, and Arsenal now face a must-win clash in their final group match if they are to be sure of progressing.
    • 93' AND IT'S TWO FOR BRAGA! A stunning break by Matheus gets him into the box, but he avoids three Arsenal players before smashing a left-foot shot into the top corner. What a finish!
    • 91' It was sub Elton who played the ball through for the goal. Braga are playing it out here but Arsenal still have time for at least one more attack..
    • 90' Arsenal probing for an equaliser but they're still being too patient. Three minutes of stoppage time to go.
    • 90' Viana, formerly of Newcastle, comes on for Vandinho. Arsenal down to 10 men remember with Eboue injured.
    • 88' Vandinha concedes a foul on Rosicky but the free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 87' Vela goes down in the box again and a free-kick ends up going Braga's way.
    • 85' Arsenal have had 64% possession but they trail late on.
    • 85' Rosicky is the latest name in the book for a foul on the goalscorer Matheus.
    • 83' It was a long ball forward and the number 99 curls in with his left foot as Fabianski advances. A shock is on the cards in Portugal!
    • 83' GOAL BRAGA! A stunner for the Gunners as Matheus sweeps home in a one-on-one with Fabianski.
    • 82' Eboue is taken off on a stretcher, leaving Arsenal down to 10 men
    • 81' Elton is on for his Champions League debut in place of Lima.
    • 81' Eboue goes down in some pain as he appears to hurt his left ankle in a challenge.
    • 80' Braga throw on Andres Madrid for Aguiar after Felipe gets away with a flap at a cross.
    • 78' Miguel Garcia is also in the book but everybody is still trying to comprehend how Arsenal didn't get a penalty.
    • 78' Vela is booked for diving incredibly - what a blunder.
    • 77' Arsenal think they've got a penalty when Vela is straight into the action and sent tumbling inside the box as he latches onto a Chamakh knock-down. It's a blatant spot-kick as Rodriguez clearly fouls the Mexican sub.
    • 77' Wenger's final throw of the dice is Carlos Vela on for Walcott. The Mexican scored twice, of course, in the home win against Braga.
    • 76' Gibbs goes all Ronaldo with a blinding run down the left but his ball into the box comes to nothing.
    • 75' Salino gets back to halt Nasri in his tracks. Eye-catching work from the Brazilian.
    • 74' Djourou is yellow carded for a crunching tackle on Lima.
    • 73' Chamakh, the Champions League goal machine, comes on for Bendtner. Can the Morocco international break the deadlock?
    • 71' Rosicky latches onto a Walcott pass but his cross is cut out before Bendtner can meet it.
    • 71' Eboue fells Matheus but there's no question of a second yellow card for the Ivorian.
    • 70' Denilson has conceded plenty of free-kicks and he goes into the book for a foul on Solino.
    • 70' Nasri, who has been outstanding this season, takes over the armband as well.
    • 69' Samir Nasri comes on for his captain, who has been troubled by hamstring problems for some time.
    • 67' Fabregas has to stretch to try and control a Wilshere pass and his hamstring looks hurt again. He signals to be replaced.
    • 66' Braga's fans are trying to inspire their side to a famous win but Arsenal still have the class to grab the opening goal here.
    • 65' Braga sense they could go on and win this but they might not get a better chance than the one squandered by Aguiar.
    • 64' Denilson will be okay after some magic spray but the news from Belgrade is not so good - Shakhtar are 2-0 to the good.
    • 63' Denilson catches a shot in the most painful of areas and understandably stays down to get treatment.
    • 63' Felipe is out to calmly chest the ball and clear as Bendtner looks to profit from a through ball.
    • 61' The Gunners respond positively to that fright as Fabregas tries to drive his team forward. But Braga continue to defend stoutly.
    • 60' A real chance. Squillaci produces a terrible header to an Alan cross and Aguiar looks nailed on to hit the target but fires his shot just wide. A let-off for Wenger's side.
    • 59' With Shakhtar Donetsk leading in Belgrade, the Gunners could be surrendering top spot in the group tonight unless they can find some penetration to their play.
    • 57' Matheus' left-foot shot flies past Fabianski and wide - a warning to the Gunners even if the keeper wasn't overly troubled.
    • 56' Denilson slips as he feeds Fabregas and the captain turns to work an opening but gets his curler all wrong as he fires well wide.
    • 56' Fabregas is on the floor again after Moises pole-axes him with another untidy challenge.
    • 54' Aguiar is booked for kicking Fabregas to the ground with a cynical foul. The on-loan Uruguayan deserved that.
    • 53' A Fabregas-Rosicky one-two looks promising but comes to nothing. Elderson gets the ball on the break for Braga but, again, sends an aimless pass straight into touch.
    • 52' Walcott's cross provides some catching practice for Felipe.
    • 51' Walcott hammers in the free-kick but it's just curled too high and Felipe probably had it covered in any case.
    • 50' Wilshere wriggles his way through and gets a free-kick from Salino's desperate attempt to halt his run. Decent chance for Arsenal from this range.
    • 49' Walcott is flagged offside on the right - very scrappy again since the interval.
    • 47' A pass from Alan goes astray. He is reckoned to be the Braga danger man but has been disappointing so far tonight.
    • 46' Rosicky earns an early free-kick this half as Leandro Salino clatters into him from behind.
    • 46' Braga get the second half underway...
    • 45+1 HALF TIME: Braga 0, Arsenal 0. A point will be enough to take the Gunners through, here's hoping for a bit more action after the break.
    • 45' Fabregas can't mete out his punishment as his free-kick is scuffed horribly wide. Sort of sums up the half.
    • 44' Rodriguez floors Bendtner with a poor tackle. He deserved a yellow card but escapes.
    • 43' Braga clear a Fabregas free-kick after Rosicky is chopped down. The Portuguese side have defended well so far.
    • 42' Matheus bundles over Eboue and concedes the latest free-kick. Denilson is then dumped to the ground as Braga continue to fight for possession.
    • 40' Walcott fires across the face of goal and wide after an inventive lofted pass through by Bendtner. The winger took it first time but snatched at the shot.
    • 39' Matheus, the man on the receiving end of that Eboue foul, lashes a speculative shot well off target.
    • 39' Bendtner stoops to head away the dangerous free-kick from Uruguayan Aguiar. A cheeky attempt from the South American which was well defended by the Dane.
    • 37' Walcott is decked again by a robust challenge but Eboue is the first player in the book for a lunging tackle, even though he appeared to get the ball.
    • 36' Things are getting livelier as Braga ignore Walcott lying prone in their area to attack themselves with Lima flashing a decent attempt just wide of Fabianski's right-hand post.
    • 35' Fabregas threads a brilliant through ball into the path of Walcott but Felipe is out swiftly to block and avoid conceding a penalty. Better from the Gunners.
    • 34' UEFA's stats confirm we've just had the one shot on target apiece. This isn't overly entertaining but is still threatening to pick up in pace.
    • 33' Bendtner flies through the air in a desperate bid to win a free-kick. The Hungarian ref is having none of it and rightly so.
    • 31' Fabregas floats the free-kick over the wall and it's flipped over the bar very easily by Felipe who perhaps needn't have conceded the corner. Djourou is wide at the far post from the set-piece and is denied a clear second corner.
    • 30' Half hour gone and few chances of any real note. Fabregas has had a shot well wide and Lima tested Fabianski's awareness but that's been about it. Eboue has just won a free-kick outside the box though...
    • 29' Eboue goes to ground far too easily after minimal, if any, contact. Walcott shows better strength to force his way down the right but nobody is there to apply a finishing touch to his inviting cross.
    • 27' Walcott fails to win a corner off Alberto Rodriguez. Much of the Londoners' work has come down the opposite flank to be fair to the former Southampton winger.
    • 26' The Braga fans are really gettinng behind their team but both sides' passing is letting them down - that includes Arsenal which is something you say rarely about Wenger's Gunners.
    • 25' Wilshere is guilty of a sloppy ball but Johan Djourou mops up any hint of danger in the counter attack.
    • 24' Arsenal are trying to get their midfielders on the ball and make inroads towards the Braga goal but the hosts are tackling vigorously. Wenger looks unimpressed on the touchline.
    • 22' All a bit scrappy. Bendtner won a foul that drew a few whistles from the locals and Rosicky is starting to get involved a lot more.
    • 20' Lima works Fabianski with a cross-cum-shot that the Polish keeper spectacularly pushes away. Something to get the crowd going at last.
    • 19' Fabregas finds some space but screws his shot well wide from the right of goal with Felipe happy to see it fly harmlessly off target.
    • 18' Another corner to the visitors, won by Gibbs. Fabregas pulls it back to Rosicky but the Gunners live to regret not getting it across.
    • 18' Moises is in the way of a Wilshere cross but Arsenal are definitely getting some joy from their left-hand side.
    • 17' Gibbs gets away down the left flank again as Fabregas finds the full-back but the England youngster's charge comes to nothing.
    • 15' Tomas Rosicky's determination sets up a cross from Gibbs that Moises heads behind for a corner, Arsenal's first of the night. Felipe clears Fabregas' flag-kick to safety.
    • 14' It really is hot and cold from Elderson as he overhits another pass, this time to Matheus and the ball drifts out of play.
    • 13' Better work from Elderson as he calmly chests a deep Gibbs cross back to his keeper Felipe.
    • 12' A Braga move comes to nothing with Elderson humping an aimless pass out of play for a goal-kick.
    • 10' Braga looked out of their depth in the first couple of minutes but have recovered to come into the game. Arsenal's passing skills are always going to cause the home teams problems though.
    • 9' Wilshere gets stuck in tigerishly in midfield but the throw-in goes Braga's way.
    • 8' Matheus nutmegs Eboue and wins a cheap free-kick - probably deserved it for the cheeky piece of skill if not the blatant dive. Moises heads over Aguiar's set-piece as it was too high for him really.
    • 7' Lima's shot deflects off Squillaci and squirts through to Lukasz Fabianski. The shot lacked any real threat.
    • 6' Luis Aguiar's corner comes to nothing as Bendtner heads it away. The hosts will at least be boosted by mustering their first attack.
    • 5' Lima is bundled over to at last give some relief to Braga in terms of a free-kick in their own half. Sebastien Squillaci then concedes the game's first corner.
    • 4' Walcott is released down the right but his cross goes behind everybody in the middle.
    • 3' Walcott has his first run but it leads to Fabregas being tackled. Positive stuff from the Gunners as Braga have yet to really get started.
    • 2' Arsenal keep the ball patiently with Fabregas already at the hub of everything. Gibbs' cross is cut out at the near post but a bright start.
    • 1' We're off as Arsenal, playing in yellow, get us started.
    • 19.44 The referee is Hungarian Viktor Kassai and he's about to get things underway
    • 19.43 We have a rock face on one side of the pitch and 90 minutes of Champions League action to look forward to...
    • 19.41 The teams are on the verge of coming out in Portugal. Fabregas will lead Arsenal out of course as the Braga fans hold up red and white cards to show their colours.
    • 19.35 FACT: There have been seven penalties in the last seven Champions League games featuring Arsenal.
    • 19.34 FACT: The free-scoring Gunners can boast a joint-competition high of 36 shots on target so far this term in the Champions League. But it's 14 European games on the road without a clean sheet for Wenger's men.
    • 19.30 A reminder that Arsenal just need a point tonight as they're on nine points, level with Shakhtar Donetsk, with Braga in third on six. Partizan Belgrade are still seeking to get their first points on board after four straight defeats.
    • 19.25 There was some good news earlier for Gunners fans, and all football followers, as Aaron Ramsey played 45 minutes of the reserve win against Wolves. Manuel Almunia also enjoyed some action in the 2-1 success.
    • 19.20 FACT: Chamakh is only on the bench but he's red hot in this competition. The Morocco international has bagged eight goals from his last nine Champions League starts and has scored in the last six matches in a row in Europe.
    • 19.13 Kick-off is not too far away and the question is which Arsenal will we see tonight? The one that ruthlessly exposed Braga's limitations in north London or the jittery side that threw away a two-goal lead in the derby on Saturday? Mid-table Braga are not matching last season's exploits but they remain a formidable proposition on their home patch with 18 wins from their last 20 league games.
    • 19.11 BRAGA TEAM NEWS: Domingos Paciencia is still without keeper Quim and defender Paulao as his side look to bounce back from three consecutive league defeats. Hugo Viana, formerly of Newcastle, is on the bench alongside Anibal Capela who made his debut in the defeat to Beira Mar. The November 7 loss was Braga's first top-flight reverse at home since May 2009.
    • 19.05 ARSENAL TEAM NEWS: Wenger shuffles his pack and hands Bendtner the chance to prove his point in attack with Champions League specialist Marouane Chamakh relegated to the bench. Cesc Fabregas starts despite hamstring worries and Jack Wilshere plays after his recent back problem denied him another England cap. Emmanuel Eboue and Kieran Gibbs get a run-out as full-backs with Theo Walcott on the wing.
    • 19.03 TEAMS: BRAGA: Felipe, Miguel Garcia, Moises, Rodriguez, Echiejile, Vandinho, Leandro Salino, Alan, Aguiar, Matheus, Lima. Subs: Artur Moraes, Mossoro, Madrid, Silvio, Hugo Viana, Anibal, Elton.///ARSENAL: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Denilson, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Bendtner. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Nasri, Vela, Song, Chamakh.
    • 19.00 FACT: Braga changed their kit in 1921 after being inspired by Arsenal's red-and-white jerseys
    • 18.59 FACT: Arsenal have not failed to progress beyond the group stages in the last 10 seasons. This is Braga's first campaign at this level.
    • 18.55 Pre-match odds are: Braga 4.00, draw 3.30 and Arsenal 1.83.
    • 18.52 Nicklas Bendtner is also in the Arsenal line-up after serving his punishment from Wenger for outspoken comments in the media about his lack of game time this season. He's got to back up those words tonight.
    • 18.46 The breaking team news is that Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere are set to start for the Gunners - we'll have the full line-ups posted soon for the match, which kicks off at 7.45pm UK time
    • 18.45 We have live text commentary coming up from the Estadio Municipal de Braga as Arsenal hope to clinch Champions League qualification against Sporting Braga - a side they slaughtered 6-0 at Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger's side only need a point to confirm their place in the last 16.
  • Summary

    • 93' AND IT'S TWO FOR BRAGA! A stunning break by Matheus gets him into the box, but he avoids three Arsenal players before smashing a left-foot shot into the top corner. What a finish!
    • 83' GOAL BRAGA! A stunner for the Gunners as Matheus sweeps home in a one-on-one with Fabianski.
    • 77' Arsenal think they've got a penalty when Vela is straight into the action and sent tumbling inside the box as he latches onto a Chamakh knock-down. It's a blatant spot-kick as Rodriguez clearly fouls the Mexican sub.
    • 60' A real chance. Squillaci produces a terrible header to an Alan cross and Aguiar looks nailed on to hit the target but fires his shot just wide. A let-off for Wenger's side.
    • 40' Walcott fires across the face of goal and wide after an inventive lofted pass through by Bendtner. The winger took it first time but snatched at the shot.
    • 36' Things are getting livelier as Braga ignore Walcott lying prone in their area to attack themselves with Lima flashing a decent attempt just wide of Fabianski's right-hand post.
    • 35' Fabregas threads a brilliant through ball into the path of Walcott but Felipe is out swiftly to block and avoid conceding a penalty. Better from the Gunners.
    • 20' Lima works Fabianski with a cross-cum-shot that the Polish keeper spectacularly pushes away. Something to get the crowd going at last.
    • 19.03 TEAMS: BRAGA: Felipe, Miguel Garcia, Moises, Rodriguez, Echiejile, Vandinho, Leandro Salino, Alan, Aguiar, Matheus, Lima. Subs: Artur Moraes, Mossoro, Madrid, Silvio, Hugo Viana, Anibal, Elton.///ARSENAL: Fabianski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Denilson, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Bendtner. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Nasri, Vela, Song, Chamakh.

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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