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Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 2 Arsenal

  • Abe 58’
  • Podolski 49’
  • Akpom 82’

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    Time:90'
    • Urawa Red Diamonds
    • Arsenal
    • 90' FT Urawa Red Diamonds 1-2 Arsenal.
    • 88' Richardes is foiled by Sagna, who makes a last ditch challenge to deny the Brazilian. Vital interception by the Frenchman.
    • 86' Ramsey drills a low shot just wide from 25 yards.
    • 83' That goal has deflated the Reds, who thought they were on to something before that second one went in for Arsenal.
    • 81' GOAL! Akpom scores for Arsenal! Ramsey's long ball forward causes a mix-up between keeper Yamagishi and defender Nagata, and Akpom strokes in the loose ball. 1-2.
    • 79' Handbags as Podolski catches Richardes with a high foot. Richardes claimed Podolski's boot caught him in the face, but it didn't and the pair have to be parted.
    • 77' Big miss by Podolski, who miscues from 12 yards after Miquel picked him out from the left.
    • 75' Walcott's corner finds Koscielny, but the whistle blows for a foul.
    • 74' Sekiguchi concedes a corner under pressure from Jenkinson.
    • 73' Ramsey is pulled up for foul that, in the Premier League, would have been a yellow.
    • 71' Miyaichi hasn't done too much on his home turf, but he almost creates a second for Arsenal. Driving into the box and exchanging a neat one-two, Miyaichi rolls the ball into the six yard area but it evades everyone.
    • 69' Walcott has another effort, but it was never going to worry keeper Yamagishi.
    • 66' Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a couple of clumsy challenges but gets away with them. At least he's showing some fire at a time when Arsenal are looking quite flat.
    • 64' Noda cuts back for Yajima, who fires just over. It's all change here - Arsenal under real pressure.
    • 63' Arsenal all over the place at the moment. Fabianski forced to make a point blank save as his defence is opened up very easily.
    • 61' That goal has really lifted the mood of the Urawa Red Diamonds fans. They're making a great noise now.
    • 60' Urawa Reds make a flurry of changes following their equaliser, including the withdrawal of the man that scored it.
    • 58' GOAL! Urawa Reds have equalised! Abe scores after a corner to the near post is flicked on to the captain, who lashes in the volley from close-range. 1-1.
    • 56' Chance for the Reds as Koroki is briefly sent through on goal, but he takes too long to shoot and Koscielny gets back to block.
    • 54' Walcott has now spurned three golden chances for Arsenal.
    • 53' Walcott should score again! He's sent clean through but, as he tries to take the ball around the Yamagishi, it's stolen from his toes by the keeper. Good goalkeeping, but Walcott has to do better.
    • 52' Lovely move by Arsenal involving most of the team, but Rosicky's wayward pass sees the move break down.
    • 50' Should be 2-0. Lovely play by Rosicky down the right, but Walcott's shot from 12 yards lacks conviction and Yamagishi saves comfortably.
    • 49' GOAL! Podolski fires Arsenal ahead! Ramsey finds Walcott from the right and Walcott cushions it to Podolski, who buries his first-time shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
    • 48' Urawa Reds win a corner early in the second half. Miquel heads clear but gets a punch in the head from Fabianski for his troubles.
    • 47' There have been a number of changes for Arsenal: Rosicky, Podolski, Miyaichi, Ramsey and Jenkinson are all on.
    • 46' KICK OFF. We're back underway in Saitama.
    • 45' HT Urawa Red Diamonds 0-0 Arsenal.
    • 44' Great chance for Urawa Reds! Right back Ugajin cuts in from the right again and sends a brilliant shot towards the top corner, but Fabianski pulls off an excellent one-handed save. Best moment of the half for the home side.
    • 43' Sagna looks long for Giroud, but the pass is just too far ahead of him.
    • 42' Urawa Reds hanging in there a little at the moment. They'll be happy to see half time now.
    • 41' Arsenal are uanble to capitalise on the free-kick and win a corner, which the Reds clear.
    • 40' Wilshere wins another free-kick on the edge of the box. Kashiwagi made slight contact with the England man, but it was soft.
    • 39' Offside flag goes up against Yamada, who had just strayed beyond Miquel, who looked relieved to see the flag raised.
    • 37' Wilshere has been bright and he wins another corner. Arsenal really ramping up the pressure now.
    • 36' Arsenal doing everything but score!
    • 35' How have Arsenal not scored? Three chances in the space of a matter of seconds. Walcott's corner is glanced at goal by Mertesacker, but batted away by Yamagishi. Koscielny drills it back in and Yamagishi saves again before Oxlade-Chamberlain strikes a loose ball from the edge of the box against the top of the bar!
    • 34' Giroud strikes the free-kick, but it deflects off the top of the wall for another corner.
    • 33' Arsenal win another corner, but Urawa Reds clear again. But Wilshere wins Arsenal a free-kick on the edge of the box.
    • 31' Fabianski spills a throughball under pressure from Richardes, but no one is there for Urawa Reds to seize on the rebound and Fabianski gets away with it.
    • 30' Arsenal beginning to flex their muscles.
    • 29' Another chance for Arsenal as Giroud spots the keeper Yamagishi off his line, but his lobbed effort bounces just wide.
    • 28' Chance for Arsenal! It's Walcott with a great opportunity after a neat Oxlade-Chamberlain dummy had created the space for Walcott - but he blazes over from the angle. Had to test the keeper there.
    • 27' But Walcott is back on his feet and looks ok.
    • 26' Japanese star Ryo Miyaichi is sent to warm up given Walcott's injury, and receives a great reception from his home fans.
    • 24' Walcott collides with Richardes and has stayed down.
    • 23' Walcott hangs a good corner into the danger area, but keeper Yamagishi claims well under pressure.
    • 22' Walcott drives forward and finds Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the move loses its momentum with a pass out wide. But Sagna is able to salvage a corner.
    • 20' Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere combine to find Walcott, but Urawa Reds captain Abe steps across to ease Walcott off the ball before he can shoot. Good defending.
    • 19' Arsenal maintaining their pressure, but Urawa Reds are handling it well. Still no sign of a breakthrough for Arsenal...
    • 18' Walcott, who has moved to the left flank, wins a free-kick in a good wide area for Arsenal.
    • 17' Urawa playing some neat stuff in midfield - they are certainly proving to be a good test for Arsenal so far.
    • 16' Right back Ugajin cuts infield and lashes a rising drive over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 14' Arsenal should be looking to get Oxlade-Chamberlain into the game a bit more. The England man has barely touched the ball.
    • 12' Wilshere displays his vision with a perfect pass to Giroud, but he is unable to get a shot away.
    • 11' A very open game so far - chances at both ends.
    • 10' Big chance for Urawa Reds! Arsenal opened up as a low cross from the right causes problems. Richardes receives the ball three yards out, but Mertesacker somehow recovers to get a touch. Should be 1-0 though.
    • 9' Arsenal recycle the ball to Giroud, who plays in Walcott again, but this time his shot is blocked.
    • 8' Walcott hits the post! Beautiful pass by Arteta releases Walcott, who cuts in from the right and strikes the bottom of the post with his left foot shot.
    • 7' Arsenal just trying to steady the ship here. The home fans really rallying behind their team.
    • 6' Arsenal clear a corner, but come under pressure again.
    • 5' Arsenal have been a little passive in the last couple of minutes. Urawa Reds are beginning to dictate the game.
    • 4' Very good effort by Umesaki, who cuts in from the left and drills a low shot just wide.
    • 3' Arsenal have started strongly as Walcott skips into the box, but is squeezed off the ball as he looks to shoot.
    • 2' The good news for Arsenal is that it's a good playing surface. Hasn't always been the case in the some of the games we've seen in Asia this summer.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Arsenal, in their new yellow and blue away strip, get us underway.
    • 11.25 ARSENAL team vs Urawa Reds: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Miquel, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud, Gnabry.
    • 11.20 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this pre-season friendly between Urawa Red Diamonds and Arsenal.
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL! Akpom scores for Arsenal! Ramsey's long ball forward causes a mix-up between keeper Yamagishi and defender Nagata, and Akpom strokes in the loose ball. 1-2.
    • 58' GOAL! Urawa Reds have equalised! Abe scores after a corner to the near post is flicked on to the captain, who lashes in the volley from close-range. 1-1.
    • 49' GOAL! Podolski fires Arsenal ahead! Ramsey finds Walcott from the right and Walcott cushions it to Podolski, who buries his first-time shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

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