• Date: Tue 09 March 2010
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium
  • Ref: De Bleeckere, F
  • Attendance: 59,661
Arsenal

Arsenal

Bendtner (9)

Bendtner (25)

Nasri (63)

Eboue (66)

Bendtner (90) P

5 - 0

Arsenal vs FC Porto

Team Lineups

Arsenal

Manuel Almunia
Bacary Sagna
Thomas Vermaelen
Gael Clichy
Sol Campbell
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Tomas Rosicky (Emmanuel Eboue, 57)
Samir Nasri (Pereira Neves Denilson, 73)
Alexandre Song
Andrey Arshavin (Theo Walcott, 76)
Nicklas Bendtner

FC Porto

da Silva Arruda Helton
Eduardo Bruno Alves
Jorge Fucile
Jorge Pires Rolando
Alvaro Barragan Pereira
Andre Nuno Coelho (Cristian Rodriguez, 46)
Jose Raul Meireles
Freitas Ruben Micael (Freddy Guarin, 76)
Radamel Falcao
Givanildo Vieira Hulk
Silvestre Varela (Mariano Gonzalez, 76)

Match Report
A Nicklas Bendtner hat-trick fired Arsenal into the Champions League quarter-finals, as the Gunners swept FC Porto aside 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium to complete a 6-2 aggregate success. The Gunners went into the game trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Portugal and shorn of the services of influential skipper Cesc Fabregas due to a hamstring injury. The home side started brightly and after eight minutes Bacary Sagna drifted over a superb cross from the right and Helton made a fine save to block Andrey Arshavin's header at the far post. Two minutes later Arsenal took the lead as Arshavin drove through the middle and when Helton came out to block, Bendtner was on hand to fire the loose ball home from 12 yards out. With the aggregate scores now level, the Gunners began to take control, with Arshavin a box of tricks on the left flank. With 25 minutes played Arsenal took the lead on aggregate as the visitors gave the ball away and Arshavin moved clear down the left, before playing in a pass across the area which left the unmarked Bendtner with the easy task of turning the ball home from six yards out. Eleven minutes before the break Arshavin should have added a third goal, but he sidefooted over after Samir Nasri had found space down the right. Porto keeper Helton then kept out efforts from Bendtner, Abou Diaby and Nasri as the home side ended the first half well on top. However, the home side started the second period slowly and almost paid the price as just past the hour mark as Cristian Rodriguez met a corner from the right and his header was blocked on the line by the alert Nasri. Within a couple of minutes Nasri struck a decisive blow at the other end of the pitch, as he drifted away from three markers on the right and fired a low finish across Helton and just inside the far post to make it 3-0 on the night. Arsenal quickly made sure of their safe passage by adding a fourth, with Arshavin leading a quick counter-attack before feeding sub Emmanuel Eboue, who went around the keeper and finished coolly into the unguarded net. Porto were by now well beaten and they were to suffer one more blow in stoppage time as Jorge Fucile was penalised for bringing down Eboue in the area. Bendtner strode up to complete his first senior hat-trick by burying the spot-kick into the corner of the net beyond the despairing dive of Helton.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: ARSENAL 5-0 FC PORTO, aggregate score 6-2.

90
Goal
 

ARSENAL 5-0 FC PORTO, BENDTNER completes his first senior hat-trick by burying his spot-kick into the corner of the net.

90
Yellow Card
 

Fucile is cautioned.

90

PENALTY to Arsenal as Eboue is brought down by Fucile.

88

Wenger is stalking the technical area, he should be smiling, but he's not.

86

Walcott's pace is causing problems down the right.

84

Bendtner heads just wide of the near post as he goes in search of a hat-trick.

83

It's almost like an exhibition game now.

81

Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira looks forlorn as he emerges from the visitors' bench.

79

It's a matter of seeing out time now for Arsenal, who have down the job in some style.

77

Walcott has a shot deflected away for a corner.

76
Substitution
 

The home side bring on Theo Walcott for Arshavin.

76
Substitution
 

Porto make a double change, with Freddy Guarin and Mariano Gonzalez coming on for Silvestre Varela and Ruben Micael.

75

Fifteen minutes to go and the contest is well and truly over.

73

Arshavin's chipped cross finds Sagna in space, but he blasts his shot well over the top.

73
Substitution
 

Nasri makes way for Denilson.

71

Denilson is getting ready to enter the fray.

69

The home fans are now in good voice with their side in total control.

67

Wenger is off the bench now and rightly so, his side are cruising into the quarter-finals.

66
Goal
 

ARSENAL 4-0 FC PORTO, Arshavin leads a quick counter-attack and finds EBOUE, who goes around the keeper and finishes coolly into the unguarded net.

64

What a piece of play by Nasri, who saved his side at the other end of the pitch just a couple of minutes earlier.

63
Goal
 

ARSENAL 3-0 FC PORTO, NASRI produces a superb individual goal as he drifts away from three markers on the right and fires a low finish across Helton and just inside the far post.

61

Rodriguez meets a corner from the right and his header is blocked on the line by the alert Nasri and Almunia dives on the loose ball, a let-off for Arsenal.

59
Yellow Card
 

Alvaro Pereira is the latest player to be booked, for a late lunge on Eboue.

59

Arsenal have lost their passing game for the time being.

57
Substitution
 

The Gunners bring on Emmanuel Eboue for Rosicky.

57

Helton spills an Arshavin drive, but an offside flag comes to his rescue.

55

Rodriguez fires in a cross from the left and Falcao's first-time shot tests Almunia, who gathers at the second attempt.

54

Song's effort from 20 yards is straight at the waiting Helton.

53

Arsenal have just been a bit sloppy in possession in the last few minutes.

53

Arsenal gift the ball to Hulk, but his effort from 20 yards out is high and wide.

49

Raul Meireles fires a shot well over from 30 yards out.

48

Helton has to fist away a corner from right underneath his own crossbar.

46
Substitution
 

The visitors have brought on Cristian Rodriguez for Nuno Coelho.

46

Porto start the second half needing to score to at least force extra-time.

Half time
 

Half-Time: ARSENAL 2-0 FC PORTO.

45

Nasri's low drive is tipped away for a corner by Helton.

45

Arshavin wins a corner on the left after another fine run.

45

Three minutes of added time to be played.

44
Yellow Card
 

Bendtner's evening is slightly ruined by a booking for a tackle on Jorge Fucile.

43

The goalkeeper then does well from the resulting corner to keep out a Diaby header at his near post.

43

Helton gets down to push away a Bendtner effort which looked like it was drifting wide.

42

Sagna's weak backpass forces Vermaelen into action and he covers for his team-mate's error.

40

Five minutes to half-time and the Gunners are well on top.

38
Yellow Card
 

Vermaelen brings down Falcao and has his name taken.

36

Porto force a couple of corners, but they are both cleared.

34

Nasri gets clear down the right and his cutback falls to Arshavin, who sidefoots over from 12 yards out when he should have found the net.

33

Manuel Almunia scuffs a clearance and Hulk tires his luck from 40 yards out, but his left-foot shot drifts well wide.

31

Arshavin finds an intricate pass through to Bendtner, but this time the big Dane is flagged offside.

30

Half an hour played and Arsene Wenger could not have wished for more.

29

Arshavin drifts a free-kick towards the far post from the left and Helton has to make a good catch.

28

Porto have it all to do, but one goal would force extra-time.

26

Things just get better for both Arsenal and Bendtner.

25
Goal
 

ARSENAL 2-0 FC PORTO, the visitors give the ball away and Arshavin moves clear down the left and his pass across the area is perfect for the unmarked BENDTNER to turn the ball home from six yards out.

24
Yellow Card
 

Falcao is booked for a challenge on Alex Song in midfield.

22

Arshavin moves clear down the left and fires in a superb low cross which is eventually cleared.

21

The game has opened up since Arsenal took the lead, with Porto knowing that they need to attack.

19

Falcao does superbly to find space 25 yards out, but his attempted shot is blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

17

Abou Diaby lifts a shot over the top as he meets Samir Nasri's corner in from the right.

17

Arsenal look a little nervous after making the breakthrough.

16

Hulk wins a corner for Porto by putting the pressure on Clichy.

14

Helton is able to continue, with his side now needing to score to stay in the competition.

12

Helton receives treatment for a head injury sustained as he tried to avert the danger.

11

A perfect start for the Gunners and Bendtner makes amends for missing a hatful of chances against Burnley at the weekend.

10
Goal
 

ARSENAL 1-0 FC PORTO, Arshavin drives through the middle and when Helton comes out to block, BENDTNER is on hand to turn the loose ball home from 12 yards out.

8

Sagna drifts over a superb cross from the right and Helton makes a fine save to block Arshavin's header at the far post.

7

Rosicky threatens down the right, but his cross is cleared.

6

Bacary Sagna is down with a knock and the game grinds to a halt.

4

Helton punches away an Arshavin free-kick from the left.

3

Arshavin's trickery keeps the home side on the ball around the Porto area.

2

Arsenal respond and Bendtner is close to meeting Gael Clichy's far-post cross from the left.

1

Porto start brightly and Sol Campbell has to make an early clearing header.

1
Kickoff
 

Arsenal get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cesc Fabregas is a major absentee due to a hamstring injury sustained in the 3-1 weekend win over Burnley.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Nicklas Bendtner leads the attack for the home side, being supported by Tomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The first leg in Portugal ended 2-1 to the home side, leaving Arsenal needing to win at the Emirates Stadium to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Arsenal play host to FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.