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  • Bendtner (9), Bendtner (25), Nasri (63), Eboue (66), Bendtner (90 pen)
  • Date:2010-03-09
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59661
  • Referee:De Bleeckere, F

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Fucile is cautioned.

90mins

PENALTY to Arsenal as Eboue is brought down by Fucile.

88mins

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

86mins

Walcott's pace is causing problems down the right.

84mins

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

83mins

It's almost like an exhibition game now.

81mins

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

79mins

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

77mins

Walcott has a shot deflected away for a corner.

76mins

The home side bring on Theo Walcott for Arshavin.

76mins

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

75mins

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

73mins

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

73mins

Nasri makes way for Denilson.

71mins

Denilson is getting ready to enter the fray.

69mins

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

67mins

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

66mins

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.

64mins

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

63mins

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.

61mins

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.

59mins

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

59mins

Arsenal have lost their passing game for the time being.

57mins

The Gunners bring on Emmanuel Eboue for Rosicky.

57mins

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

55mins

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

54mins

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

53mins

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

53mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

The visitors have brought on Cristian Rodriguez for Nuno Coelho.

46mins

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

45mins

Half-Time: ARSENAL 2-0 FC PORTO.

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

Three minutes of added time to be played.

44mins

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

43mins

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

43mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

Vermaelen brings down Falcao and has his name taken.

36mins

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

34mins

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.

33mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

Things just get better for both Arsenal and Bendtner.

25mins

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.

24mins

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

22mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

17mins

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

17mins

Arsenal look a little nervous after making the breakthrough.

16mins

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

14mins

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

12mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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.

8mins

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

7mins

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

6mins

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

4mins

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

3mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

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

1mins

Arsenal get the game underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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


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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.

Arsenal

FC Porto

Corners

98

Fouls

1725

Goal attempts

178

Shots off target

55

Offsides

21

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