• Date: Wed 17 February 2010
  • Venue: Estadio do Dragao
  • Ref: Hansson, M
  • Attendance: 45,600
FC Porto

FC Porto

Varela (11)

Falcao (51)

2 - 1
Arsenal

Arsenal

Campbell (18)

FC Porto vs Arsenal

Team Lineups

FC Porto

da Silva Arruda Helton
Eduardo Bruno Alves
Jorge Fucile
Jorge Pires Rolando
Alvaro Barragan Pereira
Jose Raul Meireles (Tomas Costa, 68)
Francisco Reges Fernando
Freitas Ruben Micael (Fernando Belluschi, 85)
Radamel Falcao
Givanildo Vieira Hulk (Mariano Gonzalez, 81)
Silvestre Varela

Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski
Bacary Sagna
Thomas Vermaelen
Gael Clichy
Sol Campbell
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Cesc Fabregas
Tomas Rosicky (Theo Walcott, 68)
Samir Nasri (Emmanuel Eboue, 88)
Pereira Neves Denilson
Nicklas Bendtner (Carlos Alberto Vela, 83)

Match Report
Arsenal were their own worst enemies as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away to FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. The Gunners gave away two dreadful goals as they lost out in the Estadio do Dragao. The home side made the brighter start, with Hulk shooting wide from 15 yards with just three minutes on the clock. With 11 minutes played Arsenal fell behind as Silvestre Varela fired a low ball in from the right and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski fumbled it into his own net from close to the goal-line. Arsenal responded well to the setback and drew level seven minutes later after a Nicklas Bendtner drive from 20 yards was deflected narrowly wide of the far post. From the resulting Cesc Fabregas corner, Tomas Rosicky headed the ball back from beyond the far post and Sol Campbell nodded home from a couple of yards out. Soon after Rosicky forced Helton into a fine, diving save with a stinging 20-yard drive from the right edge of the area, while at the other end Fabianski had to turn away a 25-yard drive from Ruben Micael. The first half ended with tempers being raised following a couple of late challenges on Fabregas. Early in the second half Rosicky was denied a penalty when he appeared to be brought down in the area, before Porto grabbed the lead with another bizarre goal. Campbell touched the ball back to Fabianski, who conceded a free-kick by handling the back-pass. Ruben Micael grabbed the loose ball and took the set-piece quickly, playing in Falcao to slot home as the Gunners defence failed to react. The goal prompted Arsene Wenger to enter a long discussion with the referee, obviously unhappy that the free-kick was taken so quickly. Arsenal were clearly affected by the goal and Fabianski had to make saves from Hulk and Raul Meireles as Porto took the upper hand. The game then became bitty as a series of free-kicks and substitutions ruined the flow of play, with neither keeper seriously tested in the closing stages. The closest the visitors came to an equaliser came in stoppage time as Emmanuel Eboue did superbly down the right and his cross was set to reach Fabregas, before Rolando made a vital interception.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: FC PORTO 2-1 ARSENAL.

90

Eboue does superbly down the right and his cross is set to reach Fabregas, before Rolando makes a vital interception.

90

Three minutes of added time to be played.

90

Fabregas' flag-kick drifts out for a goal-kick, the Gunners skipper has had a very poor game.

90

Into the final minute of normal time as Arsenal win a corner.

88

Falcao is penalised for a foul on Campbell near the Arsenal area.

87
Substitution
 

Emmanuel Eboue takes over from Nasri.

86

Arsenal are hanging on a little, but they are still in quite a good position for the second leg.

85
Substitution
 

Ruben Micael is replaced by Fernando Belluschi.

84
Yellow Card
 

Fernando brings down Fabregas.

83
Substitution
 

Carlos Vela enters the fray and Bendtner makes way.

82

Fabianski collects a Ruben Micael cross from the left as Porto go in search of a crucial third goal.

81
Substitution
 

Hulk is going off to be replaced by Mariano Gonzalez.

79

Fucile makes a fine break down the right and eventually has a shot blocked before Campbell hacks the ball clear.

78
Yellow Card
 

Alvaro is booked for taking out Walcott.

76

Nasri lifts the ball into the area for Fabregas, but he is unable to bring it under control, goal-kick to Porto.

76

Wenger looks agitated on the Gunners bench.

74

Arsenal are striving to try and find a way through, but they badly miss some punch up front.

72

Helton grabs a Fabregas corner out of the air with some ease.

70

Twenty minutes to play.

68
Substitution
 

Porto replace Raul Meireles with Tomas Costa.

68
Substitution
 

Arsenal bring on Theo Walcott for Rosicky.

66

Hulk is crowded out twice, but he is starting to cause problems.

65

The two players exchange views, with Fabregas riled by the fact that he has cut an anonymous figure so far this evening.

64
Yellow Card
 

Jorge Fucile is booked for a tackle on Fabregas.

62

Hulk is dispossessed by Campbell before Raul Meireles fires in a left-foot shot from distance which Fabianski gathers well.

60

An hour played and it's been an entertaining 60 minutes.

59

Hulk turns superbly away from Campbell and tests Fabianski with a left-foot drive.

58

Rosicky is sent crashing by Hulk.

55

That goal has cleared knocked Arsenal out of their stride and the tackles have begun to fly in.

53

Arsene Wenger enjoys a long discussion with the referee, obviously unhappy that the free-kick was taken so quickly.

51
Goal
 

FC PORTO 2-1 ARSENAL, the free-kick is taken quickly by Ruben Micael and FALCAO slots the ball home with the Arsenal defence nowhere to be seen.

51

Fabianski picks up a Campbell back-pass and a free-kick is given.

50

Rosicky goes down in the area and is denied a penalty, which looked like it should have been given.

48

Denilson feeds Bendtner, who runs at his marker before firing high and wide from distance.

47

Arsenal have started brightly and Denilson wins a free-kick 30 yards out.

46

Porto start the second period.

Half time
 

Half-Time: FC PORTO 1-1 ARSENAL.

45

Fabregas is down again after a tackle by Alvaro Pereira.

42

Gael Clichy wins a free-kick as he drives forward from left-back.

41

A few minutes to go before half-time and it's been an open first half so far.

38

Fernando clatters into Fabregas and the Arsenal bench are up having a good old moan, no surprises there.

37

Helton makes a fine tip-over save from Bendtner's back-header following a Fabregas free-kick away on the left.

34
Yellow Card
 

Bruno Alves is cautioned for kicking the ball away after Fabregas was fouled.

31
Yellow Card
 

Diaby goes into the book for a foul on Varela.

30

Falcao and Hulk combine well before Campbell gets a foot in to avert the danger.

28

Fabianski has to turn away a 25-yard drive from Ruben Micael.

26

The game has quietened down in the last couple of minutes.

24

Hulk curls a 25-yard free-kick a couple of yards wide with Fabianski watching on.

23

Midway through the first half and it's got better and better for Arsenal as the game has gone on.

21

Rosicky forces Helton into a fine, diving save with a stinging 20-yard drive from the right edge of the area.

18
Goal
 

FC PORTO 1-1 ARSENAL, Fabregas' corner is headed back across goal by Tomas Rosicky and CAMPBELL heads home from a couple of yards out.

18

A Bendtner drive from 20 yards is deflected narrowly wide of the far post, with Helton well beaten.

16

Nasri wins a corner over on the left flank.

15

A fluent Arsenal attack ends with Nicklas Bendtner's cross from the right being cleared.

14

The home fans are in good voice now and so they should be.

11

What a blow for Arsenal and what an error from Fabianski.

11
Goal
 

FC PORTO 1-0 ARSENAL, Silvestre Varela fires a low ball in from the right and FABIANSKI fumbles it into his own net from close to the goal-line.

9

Fabianski is right behind a 30-yard free-kick from Bruno Alves.

8

This is better from Arsenal.

7

Abou Diaby feeds Nasri and his shot from 20 yards is straight at the waiting Helton.

6

Samir Nasri nips in down the middle and plays in Cesc Fabregas, but the Spaniard is crowded out by Bruno Alves.

5

Fabianski gathers a cross from the right as Porto continue to make all of the running.

3

That was a warning for the visitors and now Hulk shoots wide from 15 yards after the ball comes in from the right.

2

Falcao almost breaks through and Sol Campbell just recovers to make the covering challenge.

2

Little to report in the opening exchanges.

1
Kickoff
 

Arsenal get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The home attack is led by the magnificently titled Givanildo Vieira Hulk.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The Gunners have a large number of injury absentees, leaving Lukasz Fabianski to start in goal and Sol Campbell to partner Thomas Vermaelen at the heart of defence.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

FC Porto host Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.