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  • Date:16 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59,927
  • van Persie (77)
    Arshavin (82)
  • Villa (25)
Goal!

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91:36 +1.36

Lionel Messi takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

88:16

Andres Iniesta goes off and Claro Adriano Correia comes on. The referee blows for offside against Lionel Messi. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

87:53

Da Silva Dani Alves takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

86:07

Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, Scherer Andrade Maxwell manages to make a clearance.

85:29

Robin van Persie is shown a yellow card. Foul by Robin van Persie on Seydou Keita, free kick awarded. Eric Abidal restarts play with the free kick.

82:43

Andrey Arshavin gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona.Assist on the goal came from Samir Nasri.

81:13

Seydou Keita fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Eric Abidal restarts play with the free kick.

80:04

Unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Rodriguez Pedro results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

79:02

Da Silva Dani Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

77:55

Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Barcelona.Assist on the goal came from Gael Clichy.

77:30

Foul by Seydou Keita on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

76:47

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andrey Arshavin, save by Victor Valdes.

76:07

Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.

75:09

Rodriguez Pedro is caught offside. Johan Djourou restarts play with the free kick.

73:41

The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Eric Abidal restarts play with the free kick.

71:44

Laurent Koscielny fouled by Lionel Messi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

67:37

Andrey Arshavin replaces Alex Song.

67:24

Seydou Keita on for David Villa.

67:09

Shot from close in by Lionel Messi misses to the left of the target.

66:54

Shot by Lionel Messi. Blocked by Johan Djourou.

65:50

Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi played to the near post.

64:40

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.

63:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Eric Abidal. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

61:06

Samir Nasri takes a corner.

60:31

Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

59:49

Unfair challenge on David Villa by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

58:10

The referee shows Gerard Pique a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Gerard Pique. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel, save by Victor Valdes.

57:07

Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Sergio Busquets manages to make a clearance.

55:48

Shot by Robin van Persie from outside the box goes over the net.

52:59

Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Dani Alves. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

52:24

Centre by Scherer Andrade Maxwell, Hernandez Xavi has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

47:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Hernandez Xavi. Gerard Pique takes the direct free kick.

46:52

Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.

46:17

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Eric Abidal.

45:32

The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Victor Valdes restarts play with the free kick.

45:11

David Villa challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

44:35

Lionel Messi concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

43:03

A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Robin van Persie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

42:35

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

42:04

The official flags Samir Nasri offside. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.

41:49

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Scherer Andrade Maxwell.

40:04

The ball is sent over by Francesc Fabregas.

39:12

The referee blows for offside against Rodriguez Pedro. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

38:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Rodriguez Pedro. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

37:14

Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. The assistant referee signals for offside against Lionel Messi. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

36:15

Francesc Fabregas challenges Andres Iniesta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andres Iniesta takes the free kick.

34:26

Unfair challenge on Eric Abidal by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. Eric Abidal takes the free kick.

34:13

Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Gerard Pique gets a block in.

33:13

Da Silva Dani Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.

32:03

The official flags Lionel Messi offside. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

30:03

Foul by Alex Song on Lionel Messi, free kick awarded. Andres Iniesta takes the direct free kick.

29:02

Andres Iniesta booked for unsporting behaviour. Shot by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

28:16

Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

27:30

The referee shows Samir Nasri a yellow card. Samir Nasri challenges da Silva Dani Alves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lionel Messi takes the free kick.

26:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets by Alex Song. Eric Abidal takes the direct free kick.

25:40

Goal scored by David Villa from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Barcelona.Assist by Lionel Messi.

25:12

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

23:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Hernandez Xavi. Eric Abidal takes the direct free kick.

23:15

Eric Abidal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

22:39

Lionel Messi takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

22:15

A cross is delivered by David Villa.

19:49

The official flags David Villa offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

14:29

Lionel Messi produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:06

Andres Iniesta concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Emmanuel Eboue restarts play with the free kick.

11:33

Scherer Andrade Maxwell is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

6:09

Alex Song goes into the referee's book. Lionel Messi fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

5:39

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.

2:59

Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by David Villa results in a free kick. Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Victor Valdes.

0:44

Foul by Robin van Persie on Hernandez Xavi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

Match Preview

Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin struck in the second half as Arsenal staged a brilliant late comeback to give them hope of progressing in the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Barcelona.David Villa fired competition favourites Barcelona ahead in the first half after combining with Lionel Messi.But their superiority faded in the second half when Arsenal took control, with Van Persie starting the comeback in the 79th minute before Arshavin smashed home the winner.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Josep Guardiola

Barcelona

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Samir Nasri
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Manuel Almunia
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Neves Denilson
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

England survive Canada scare England came embarrassingly close to a shock defeat against World Cup minnows Canada in their opening warm-up match. Andrew Strauss' team began by springing a surprise, promoting Kevin Pietersen to open the batting - and ended it with much more than they bargained for as Rizwan Cheema's thrilling counter-attack put Canada on the brink of a notable chase. It seemed Canada had no chance in reply to 243 all out, after Stuart Broad (five for 39) and Ajmal Shahzad reduced them to 28 for five. But Cheema (93) had other ideas, making a mockery of everyone else's laboured batting with a display of sustained hitting which contained 10 fours and five sixes from 70 balls to put his team well ahead of the run rate. In the end, a victory margin of 16 runs grossly flattered England. They had earlier been indebted to Matt Prior (78), down at number six after opening the batting in five of this winter's seven one-day internationals against Australia, for his combined effort with Jonathan Trott (57) to muster a competitive total. Pietersen has long been inked in at number four. But England revealed they intend to use him at the top of the order in this tournament, in preference to wicketkeeper-batsman Prior. The new incumbent made an acceptable start, after the early loss of Strauss, until he became the second of three victims for Khurram Chohan. Strauss chose to bat first but fell in the second over, under-edging a pull behind off the skiddy Chohan. Pietersen was joined by Trott, only to go for 24 to Chohan - switched to the Pavilion End - when his attempt to squeeze a single off the medium-pacer resulted instead in an inside edge on to the base of leg stump on a predictably slow surface. Ian Bell was unable to prosper either, trying to steer runs behind square on the off side but edging Chohan (three for 34) behind. Paul Collingwood failed the patience test, stumped on the charge after missing a leg-break from Balaji Rao. But the in-form Trott was ideally suited to awkward circumstances and responded with a typically hard-working 50. Prior played admirably too - adding 54 for the fifth wicket with Trott, who went to a mistimed sweep at off-spinner John Davison - and then 51 with Broad, after Mike Yardy and Luke Wright both fell cheaply to Henry Osinde to put England back in trouble on 158 for seven. Prior had to rein in his attacking instincts, and was counting only his third four when he pulled Osinde to the boundary to bring up a 60-ball half-century. He was eventually bowled by a slower ball from Harvir Baidwan (three for 50) but helped to add an important 63 with the tail in the last 10 overs. England were denied permission by the International Cricket Council to select stand-by fast bowler Chris Tremlett as James Anderson sat out the match with a stiff back - the Lancastrian is expected to be available against Pakistan on Friday. But with the new ball, Broad proved his well-being after yesterday's stomach upset - working up good pace to intimidate Canada's top order, in his first match since suffering the abdominal muscle tear which ended his Ashes in Adelaide in early December. Shahzad, back from a hamstring injury, helped Broad put Canada in instant disarray as both openers were bowled. Davison played all round a length ball from Shahzad, and Nitish Kumar edged Broad down on to off stump. The Nottinghamshire seasmer soon added the wicket of Ashish Bagai, the Canada captain backing away to try to carve off-side runs and looking astonished when he merely presented Pietersen with a routine catch in the gully. The procession continued as Jimmy Hansra aimed across Shahzad's full-length swing and was lbw in front of off stump, and Broad had three when Ruvindu Gunasekera flailed an edge behind. Cheema, choosing an entertaining method which went well beyond mere damage limitation, more than trebled the score with Zubin Surkari for the sixth wicket. Surkari was well caught by Collingwood away to his left at cover, driving at Yardy. But Cheema, having found a new ally in Chohan, escaped a half-chance on 68 to a tumbling Yardy off Collingwood at short third-man - and greeted the return of Broad with two huge leg-side sixes. Another attempted big hit at Broad saw him caught at last at long-off to end a stand of 60 in only nine overs. Yet still England's superiority was in serious doubt, as Chohan shepherded the tail - until he was last out, lbw to Broad with almost four overs still remaining.

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