Wednesday August 21, 2013 Play-off round Finished Sükrü Saraçoglu

Fenerbahçe 0 - 3 Arsenal

  • Gibbs 51’
  • Ramsey 64’
  • Giroud 77’ (pen.)

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  1. Champions League - Arsenal coast to victory against Fenerbahce

    Champions League - Arsenal coast to victory against Fenerbahce

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fenerbahçe
    • Arsenal
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle sounds and those that are left in the stadium show their displeasure. Arsenal take a 3-0 advantage into the second leg and are surely into the Champions League group stages once more.
    • 90' Emineke lashes in a late shot but Szczesny turns it behind for a corner. Three added minutes.
    • 89' One glance at the stands tells you all you need to know about this match. There are hardly any fans left.
    • 88' One of the game's standout players, Walcott, leaves the field to be replaced by Nacho Monreal.
    • 87' Sow wins yet another header in the Arsenal area but he can't direct his effort on target.
    • 86' Fenerbahce enjoying a nice spell of keep ball, but Arsenal look lethal on the break whenever they steal it back.
    • 85' Gokhan delivers a cross from the right which Emenike heads just over. Good link up from the two substitutes.
    • 84' Fenerbahce win a free-kick on the right but they're not sending forward many players. They look beaten.
    • 83' Kladec swings his left foot at the ball inside the area and forces Szczesny into a smart stop.
    • 82' Meireles off, Alper Potuk on. Podolski on for Giroud.
    • 81' Ten minutes for Fenerbahce to save this tie. You sense they need at least two tonight to have any chance in the second leg. And even then Arsenal would be huge favourites.
    • 80' Arsenal are on the verge of a massive vctory. Walcott and Ramsey in particular have been brilliant.
    • 79' Kadlec picked up a yellow card for that challenge.
    • 78' GOAL! Giroud vs. Volkan from 12 yards. The Frenchman sidefoots past the keeper into the top corner. 3-0.
    • 77' PENALTY! Walcott controls a crossfield ball perfectly and then invites a challenge from Kadlec. The referee points to the spot, perhaps after consultation with the fifth official behind the goal. Giroud to take...
    • 76' Szczesny picks up a harsh yellow card for time-wasting.
    • 75' Fenerbahce wander into the Arsenal half. Meireles whips in a dangerous cross which a lunging Sow can't connect with. Warning sign.
    • 74' Wenger still watches on with a concerned look. Inside he must be beaming though.
    • 73' Arsenal continuing to press the yellow and black shirts. They've played really well in this second half.
    • 72' Kuyt strays beyond the last defend and is flagged. Shame, he was in a great position.
    • 71' Arsenal's conquerors Aston Villa are currently holding Chelsea 1-1 in the Premier League midweek game. Perhaps everyone read into the Gunners 3-1 defeat a bit too much.
    • 70' Sow swivels on the edge of the area and unleashes a fierce drive at goal which flashes over Szczesny's bar.
    • 69' Fenerbahce enjoying a little bit of possession. They have just over 20 minutes to drag themselves back into this.
    • 68' Fenerbahce give the ball away yet again and Arsenal have a cheap throw in on the left.
    • 67' Emenike barges through the Arsenal defence. It breaks to Meireles who delivers a perfect cross onto the head of Sow but the striker heads over. He was offside anyway.
    • 66' Fenerbahce really haven't played well and deserve to be behind. Arsenal on course for another trip to the Champions League group stage.
    • 65' Bruno Alves earns himself a yellow card for a fairly reckless barge.
    • 64' Emenike came on for Webo just before that goal flew in.
    • 64' GOAL! Ramsey lines up a shot from distance. It doesn't look to have the required quality to beat Volkan but the keeper parries it into the bottom corner. Surely this tie is now over.
    • 63' If Fenerbahce continue to give the ball away a second goal is inevitable. The hosts just can't keep possession.
    • 62' Wilshere wriggles through the Fenerbahce defence and fires in a shot which Volkan parries. But where were the Arsenal shirts following up? That in a nutshell is why they need another striker.
    • 61' Jenkinson gets to the goalline but his cross is easily claimed by Volkan. If Arsenal could grab a second this tie is all but over.
    • 60' Rosicky tries to play in an invisible man and his pass drifts harmlessly out of play.
    • 59' Word from the dressing room is Koscielny is still being stitched up after taking a boot to the face.
    • 58' Walcott wins the ball back and Arsenal can bomb forward. Well they could, but Rosicky falls to the ground under pressure. No foul.
    • 57' Ramsey breaks through the Fenerbahce defence after a sublime first touch. The ball bounces up and strikes him on the arm though. He's played well tonight.
    • 56' The game has really opened out since the break. Walcott has the chance to shoot but tries to cut onto his left foot which allows a Fenerbahce defender to step in and win the ball.
    • 55' He's sitting upright, swigging from a bottle of water and looks fine to continue.
    • 54' Szczesny races off his line to reach the ball before Sow. He gets that first but gets clattered in the process. He looks in some pain.
    • 53' Arsenal are in again. Can Walcott beat Volkan? No, the keeper stands tall and beats it away. Fenerbahce are all over the place.
    • 52' We might still be in August but that is a huge goal for Arsenal's season.
    • 51' GOAL! Arsenal make the breakthrough. Ramsey slips in Walcott with a disguised pass but instead of shooting the winger lays it across the face of goal. Gibbs is waiting at the back post and prods into the roof of the net.
    • 50' The crowd responds to Fenerbahce's rare break forward but Arsenal have it back and are knocking it about nicely.
    • 49' The ball breaks to Kuyt on the edge of the box who has a pop. Just over. Fenerbahce have finally had a shot.
    • 48' Unsurprisingly, given the lack of goal threat in the first half, it's dealt with by Fenerbahce.
    • 47' Jenkinson carves out an early corner for Arsenal down the right. Walcott to take...
    • 46' We're back underway!
    • 45+3' Half-time. Arsenal on top, impressively keeping the ball but they're lacking end product. Fenerbahce didn't muster a single shot.
    • 45+2' And it's that combination again that almost opens up the Fenerbahce defence. It all comes to an end when Giroud trys to play a one-two with Wilshere instead of shooting.
    • 45+1' Chance for Arsenal. Wilshere slips in Giroud but the Frenchman can only blaze over the bar. Much better from the Premier League side.
    • 45' Three minutes of added time signalled.
    • 44' Arsenal spraying it about nicely with Ramsey and Wilshere involved. Fenerbahce badly want to hear the referee's whistle.
    • 43' Giroud then delivers it back into the mixer but no one is gambling. If Arsenal get men in the box they will score tonight. If they don't... Well, it'll be a tricky night.
    • 42' How have Arsenal not taken the lead? First Ramsey has the chance to shoot inside the area but he squares to Walcott who can't get his away.
    • 41' Kuyt whips in an inviting cross but Mertesacker manoeuvres his body to head clear.
    • 40' Arsenal knocking it around nicely but they just don't get anyone in the box when it matters. It's just Giroud loitering with four yellow and black shirts in close proximity.
    • 39' Giroud looks pretty frustrated as Irtegun and co. continue to cling to his shirt.
    • 38' Despite lining up with an offensive formation, Fenerbahce have barely got forward. They look like they need half-time to reorganise.
    • 37' Giroud switches it to Walcott on the right and then sprints into the box. He's not found though as the Englishman's cross lacks the required height.
    • 36' Arsenal win a corner down the right... But again it's headed clear. Just two shots on target in the match, and one came courtesy of Giroud's stomach.
    • 35' Ten minutes until half-time. Arsenal have created a fair few openings but have lacked a decent final ball when it matters.
    • 34' Wilshere... Walcott... He tries to slip in Giroud but his pass is prevented by a desperate lunge. Arsenal are the only side who look like scoring.
    • 33' Jenkinson joins the party. Yet another injury for Arsenal as their squad continues to shrink.
    • 32' Carl Jenkinson is running up and down the touchline. Koscielny is on his way down the tunnel.
    • 31' Sow picked up a booking for that nasty looking challenge. The crowd disagree (obviously).
    • 30' Koscielny is in a heap on the pitch after taking a boot to the face from Sow. A fair bit of blood seeping out.
    • 29' Here's a chance. Kuyt is away down the left. Surely he has to go alone? No, he passes inside and it's intercepted.
    • 28' Walcott twists and turns his way through the Turkish defence. He beats three but instead of pursusing a wonder goal he passes to Cazorla who attempts a silly flick and the chance is gone.
    • 27' Wojciech Szczesny bounces off his line to claim the delivery. Good take from the keeper.
    • 26' Yet another foul as the referee adjudges Wilshere to have fouled Sow. Fenerbahce have a free-kick on the left.
    • 25' Walcott darts forward down the right. He tries to find Giroud but his pass is poor. Not that it matters as the ball falls perfectly for Ramsey but the midfielder drags his shot wide.
    • 24' Hearing a bit too much of the referee's whistle at the moment. Lots of niggling fouls breaking up the match's flow.
    • 23' Wilshere is dispossessed by a strong Michal Kadlec challenge. Fenerbahce can break but Sow wanders into an offside position.
    • 22' Dealt with easily by Arsenal. Like most nil nils, this game could do with a goal.
    • 21' Moussa Sow drifts in from the left. He shifts it out wide and the Turkish side win a corner...
    • 20' Mr Wenger will be pleased with the opening 20 minutes. Arsenal have been dominant without creating a clear opportunity.
    • 19' Giroud stretches his neck backwards to reach a cross but he can't direct his header on target.
    • 18' Well it looked like Fenerbahce had settled but perhaps that's not the case as they continue to give the ball away.
    • 17' Bruno Alves boots a clearance straight at Giroud's stomach and the ball hurtles towards goal. Fortunately for Volkan it's straight at him and he can make a comfortable save.
    • 16' The Arsenal physio team quickly respond to help the midfielder off the pitch. But he's not on the sidelines for long as he jogs back on into the centre of the park. Relief for Wenger.
    • 15' This doesn't look good for Arsenal. Wilshere is down clutching his ankle.
    • 14' Good link up between Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs forces a corner down the left. After missing his first header, Pierre Webo clears the set-piece.
    • 13' Iretgun finds himself unmarked on the left but completely fluffs his pass as the ball cannons off his standing leg.
    • 12' Now it's Arsenal turn to knock it about at the back. Very little interest in driving forward though as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny boost their passing statistics.
    • 11' Kuyt bursts down the left and whips a dangerous ball into the box. Headed clear. The crowd respond. Fenerbahce have finally settled.
    • 10' Fenerbahce enjoy a spell on the ball but their opponents force them all the way back to Volkan.
    • 9' Great atmosphere at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Cheers, jeers and one man with a very loud drum.
    • 8' Tomas Rosicky gets himself involved but concedes a foul. Arsenal aren't allowing the hosts to settle.
    • 7' Walcott drifts in from the right with lots of close touches before eventually being crowded out. He looks like he has the beating of the Fenerbahce defence today who have taken a risk by lining up with a back three.
    • 6' Aaron Ramsey hits the deck. Looks like a clear foul but the referee isn't interested.
    • 5' And Walcott is in again down the right after being found by Giroud. Corner. Bright start this from Arsenal.
    • 4' Santi Cazorla skips past Dirk Kuyt and finds Theo Walcott who shoots straight at an opponent.
    • 3' Slightly risky from Olivier Giroud. The forward is unhappy with Bekir Irtegun and squares up to the defender.
    • 2' Arsenal playing in their established red shirts but they're complimented by some rather unfamiliar blue shorts. Jeers ring out as the Gunners hold onto the ball.
    • 1' We're about to find out whether Arsenal can continue their incredible record of making the Champions League group stages. The Premier League side get us underway.
    • 19:40 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "What is important in football is to go out [on Wednesday night] and see a good game. All that other stuff is good for the newspapers, but it is not real football. What is real football is the quality of the game and for me that is always the most important thing."
    • 19:35 Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal: "Arsenal are a high power team, so we will want to go there with an advantage. As a team we are strong enough to finish the challenge which is in front of us."
    • 19:30 Fenerbahce also tasted defeat in their first Turkish Super Lig match, a 3-2 defeat away at Konyaspor. All they have to do now is hope the judges in Lausanne, Switzerland find them innocent and knock out Arsenal over two legs. Simple… The verdict from CAS will be announced on August 28 – the day after the second leg.
    • 19:25 Wenger will be desperate for his current crop of players to prove they are up to the challenge after their shock 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa. His squad is alarmingly sparse due to a spree of outgoing transfers and injuries, and unless the Frenchman makes a signing in the next 20 minutes the Gunners will take to the field having failed to spend a single penny.
    • 19:20 Any Arsenal fans hoping for sweeping changes following their defeat at the weekend will be disappointed as Arsene Wenger makes just one change, Santi Cazorla coming in for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bacary Sagna has recovered from his horrific fall against Aston Villa to get the nod in defence.
    • 19:15 Gonul Gokhan returns from surgery to take his place on the Fenerbahce bench but the game comes too soon for Erten Ersu who is out with a knee injury.
    • 19:10 Fenerbahce - Demirel, Irtegun, Yobo, Bruno Alves, Kadlec, Topal, Meireles, Emre, Sow, Webo, Kuyt... Subs: Gunok, Korkmaz, Baroni, Potuk, Emenike, Gonul, Erkin /// Arsenal - Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud, Walcott... Subs: Fabianski, Podolski, Monreal, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Gnabry.
    • 19:05 Despite all their summer woes of missed signings and thrifty management, Arsenal are in a stable position when compared to their Turkish opponents. Fenerbahce face expulsion from the Champions League for match-fixing and it’s only because of their drawn out appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that they can play this game at all. The upshot of all that means Arsenal can still qualify for the group stages even if they lose over two legs.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Fenerbahce vs. Arsenal as two sides enduring testing times meet at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to contest the first leg of their Champions League play-off. A 7:45pm kick-off for this clash.
  • Summary

    • 90' Emineke lashes in a late shot but Szczesny turns it behind for a corner. Three added minutes.
    • 83' Kladec swings his left foot at the ball inside the area and forces Szczesny into a smart stop.
    • 79' Kadlec picked up a yellow card for that challenge.
    • 78' GOAL! Giroud vs. Volkan from 12 yards. The Frenchman sidefoots past the keeper into the top corner. 3-0.
    • 77' PENALTY! Walcott controls a crossfield ball perfectly and then invites a challenge from Kadlec. The referee points to the spot, perhaps after consultation with the fifth official behind the goal. Giroud to take...
    • 76' Szczesny picks up a harsh yellow card for time-wasting.
    • 65' Bruno Alves earns himself a yellow card for a fairly reckless barge.
    • 64' GOAL! Ramsey lines up a shot from distance. It doesn't look to have the required quality to beat Volkan but the keeper parries it into the bottom corner. Surely this tie is now over.
    • 62' Wilshere wriggles through the Fenerbahce defence and fires in a shot which Volkan parries. But where were the Arsenal shirts following up? That in a nutshell is why they need another striker.
    • 53' Arsenal are in again. Can Walcott beat Volkan? No, the keeper stands tall and beats it away. Fenerbahce are all over the place.
    • 51' GOAL! Arsenal make the breakthrough. Ramsey slips in Walcott with a disguised pass but instead of shooting the winger lays it across the face of goal. Gibbs is waiting at the back post and prods into the roof of the net.
    • 45+1' Chance for Arsenal. Wilshere slips in Giroud but the Frenchman can only blaze over the bar. Much better from the Premier League side.
    • 42' How have Arsenal not taken the lead? First Ramsey has the chance to shoot inside the area but he squares to Walcott who can't get his away.
    • 31' Sow picked up a booking for that nasty looking challenge. The crowd disagree (obviously).
    • 19:10 Fenerbahce - Demirel, Irtegun, Yobo, Bruno Alves, Kadlec, Topal, Meireles, Emre, Sow, Webo, Kuyt... Subs: Gunok, Korkmaz, Baroni, Potuk, Emenike, Gonul, Erkin /// Arsenal - Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Giroud, Walcott... Subs: Fabianski, Podolski, Monreal, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Gnabry.

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    Manager: Ersun Yanal

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    Manager: Arsène Wenger

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