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  • Date:08 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Camp Nou
  • Attendance:95,000
( agg 4 - 3 )
  • Messi (45) Xavi (68) Messi - pen (70)
  • Sergio Busquets - og (52)
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93:53 +3.53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Andres Iniesta. Andres Iniesta takes the direct free kick.

90:00

Claro Adriano Correia goes off and Scherer Andrade Maxwell comes on.

89:24

Effort from 6 yards by da Silva Dani Alves. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

87:51

Seydou Keita on for Javier Mascherano.

86:11

The referee penalises Andrey Arshavin for handball. Free kick taken by Eric Abidal.

85:31

Effort from inside the area by da Silva Dani Alves misses to the left of the target.

84:07

Ibrahim Afellay takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.

83:31

Lionel Messi fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

82:08

Close range effort by Ibrahim Afellay goes wide of the right-hand upright.

81:19

Ibrahim Afellay replaces David Villa.

80:57

The official flags Lionel Messi offside. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

79:30

The referee blows for offside. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

78:27

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Hernandez Xavi. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

78:03

Lionel Messi takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

76:52

Francesc Fabregas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Francesc Fabregas goes off and Nicklas Bendtner comes on. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.

76:29

Foul by David Villa on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

74:39

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Eric Abidal manages to make a clearance.

73:43

Lionel Messi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.

73:01

Andrey Arshavin replaces Tomas Rosicky.

72:37

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Claro Adriano Correia goes wide of the right-hand upright.

70:01

Laurent Koscielny concedes a Penalty for a foul on Rodriguez Pedro. Penalty taken left-footed by Lionel Messi and scored. Barcelona 3 (4)-(3) 1 Arsenal.

68:06

A goal is scored by Hernandez Xavi from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barcelona 2 (3)-(3) 1 Arsenal.Assist by David Villa.

66:55

Handball by Lionel Messi. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

66:14

David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

65:52

Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Hernandez Xavi. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

65:15

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Messi. Direct free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

62:22

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

61:04

Da Silva Dani Alves is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

59:56

Effort on goal by da Silva Dani Alves from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

58:48

The ball is swung over by Claro Adriano Correia.

57:54

Tomas Rosicky challenges Claro Adriano Correia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Eric Abidal.

57:40

The ball is sent over by Hernandez Xavi, Manuel Almunia makes a save.

57:07

David Villa takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

55:06

Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robin van Persie receives a red card. Victor Valdes restarts play with the free kick.

51:48

Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Own goal by Sergio Busquets. Barcelona 1 (2)-(3) 1 Arsenal.

50:03

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line.

49:32 +4.32

Eric Abidal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.

49:19 +4.19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lionel Messi. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

49:06

Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi played to the near post, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.

47:46 +2.46

Lionel Messi fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barcelona 1 (2)-(2) 0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Andres Iniesta.

46:47 +1.47

Lionel Messi takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

45:35 +0.35

Unfair challenge on da Silva Dani Alves by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Robin van Persie receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.

42:55

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Hernandez Xavi.

38:57

Sergio Busquets is caught offside. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

38:23

Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Dani Alves. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

35:51

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Strike on goal comes in from Lionel Messi from the free kick. Jack Wilshere is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

35:24

Effort from deep inside the area by Claro Adriano Correia bounces off the post.

33:31

A cross is delivered by Claro Adriano Correia.

32:41

David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

30:58

The official flags da Silva Dani Alves offside. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

29:11

David Villa is caught offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

28:34

Andres Iniesta fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Caution for Bacary Sagna. Andres Iniesta takes the free kick.

27:41

Effort from the edge of the area by Rodriguez Pedro goes wide of the left-hand post.

26:46

Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Messi. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.

25:48

The ball is swung over by da Silva Dani Alves.

18:03

Manuel Almunia joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wojciech Szczesny.

15:01

Rodriguez Pedro fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. Laurent Koscielny is shown a yellow card. Da Silva Dani Alves shoots direct from the free kick, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

13:51

The ball is sent over by da Silva Dani Alves.

13:18

Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi.

11:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Busquets on Francesc Fabregas. Vassiriki Diaby restarts play with the free kick.

10:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Hernandez Xavi. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.

10:16

The official flags Samir Nasri offside. Da Silva Dani Alves restarts play with the free kick.

9:09

Da Silva Dani Alves is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

6:52

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Sergio Busquets restarts play with the free kick.

6:23

Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

5:44

Lionel Messi takes a short corner.

5:13

Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball.

4:46

Rodriguez Pedro challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.

3:37

Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line.

3:21

Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

2:12

Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Dani Alves. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

0:42

Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi. Free kick taken by Lionel Messi.

Match Preview

Wenger will not gamble on Van Persie Arsene Wenger insists he will not take a gamble with Robin van Persie unless the Dutch forward is "100% fit" to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Van Persie was substituted during the Gunners' Carling Cup final defeat against Birmingham after suffering a knee injury while scoring the equaliser at Wembley. Tuesday's second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, into which Arsenal take a slender 2-1 lead, was expected to come too soon for the Holland striker. However, Van Persie trained with his team-mates at London Colney on Monday morning and was part of the 19-man squad which flew out from Luton Airport. The party also included fit again skipper Cesc Fabregas who had been out with a hamstring problem. While Fabregas is now certain to face the club he left as a teenager, Wenger revealed there would be no risks taken with 14-goal striker Van Persie, who has been plagued by injury setbacks in recent seasons. "Van Persie is here as a player and will have a test. We are 19 here in he squad. Whether Van Persie will be included has not been decided yet," Wenger said. "He has made quick progress in the last three days. He was really unlikely to travel. "He wanted to have a go. We made a test and it was quite positive. We will see how he responds to that and I will make a decision on Tuesday morning." Wenger insisted he was "very bad at mind games", after Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was asked if it was a surprise to see Van Persie in the travelling party. However, the Gunners boss insisted: "We will not take a gamble in a game of that importance, so he will have to be fit or not fit. "I would like him to play. But I will only play him if he is 100% fit." Guardiola welcomed the late addition of Van Persie to Arsenal's squad Indeed, the Barcalona coach would be happy to see all of the Gunners' star names in the starting XI, with the likes of midfielder Alex Song and England winger Theo Walcott left behind because of injury. "I would like Song to play; maybe there could be a private flight for Walcott to come in at the last minute - you never know," said Guardiola. "I want all the great players to play, everyone against everyone and see a great show tomorrow. "I hope they are all in the team - Van Persie, [Samir] Nasri, Cesc, because I would like to play the best possible Arsenal." Guardiola, who himself has been plagued by a back complaint which needed hospital treatment, continued: "If Van Persie plays, then no problem. It is good for the team and good for everyone. If he cannot, then Arsenal have a squad with players at a great level. "Arsenal have many alternatives, are very dynamic and can play in different positions, their counter-attack is great. We will try to prevent that. "This is always a special game in the Champions League and it is a magnificent challenge." Guardiola - who won the European Cup in his first season in charge two years ago - rejected suggestions Arsenal did not have the spirit of true champions. "I keep hearing about the fragility in the minds of the Arsenal players, but I do not agree," the Barcelona boss maintained. "They are competing with Manchester United for the Premier League, reached the final of the Carling Cup and a few seasons ago were in the final of the Champions League. "Arsenal are always in the top, when you compete every season at the top, it is because they are quality. "Sometimes they sell players, but Arsenal always keep the same level. "Many teams arrive at the top for one year, but then are finished. Arsenal are there every season. "For many years they have kept up there, and that is the real merit. "Yes, they lack something, but they are a young team. "When they win the first time, they will change the mentality, they will realise they are good."

Formation:433Manager: Josep Guardiola

Barcelona

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Victor Valdes
  • da Silva Dani Alves
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Eric Abidal
  • Claro Adriano Correia
  • Hernandez Xavi
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Andres Iniesta
  • Rodriguez Pedro
  • David Villa
  • Lionel Messi
  • SUBS
  • Jose Pinto
  • Krkic Bojan
  • Seydou Keita
  • Gabriel Milito
  • Scherer Andrade Maxwell
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Alcantara Thiago

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Match Report

Gunners gutted after Euro exit Arsenal were left with a sense of injustice after seeing Robin van Persie controversially sent off as they were knocked out of the Champions League again by Barcelona in the Nou Camp following a 3-1 loss. The Dutchman was a shock inclusion for the Gunners, who led 2-1 from the first leg, having recovered quicker than expected from the knee injury he sustained in the Carling Cup final. However, moments after an own goal from Sergio Busquets had cancelled out Lionel Messi's fine opener following a terrible mistake by Cesc Fabregas, van Persie was given his marching orders by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca. Van Persie had already been booked in the first half and was shown a second yellow card for lashing the ball towards goal after a marginal offside call which the Arsenal striker claimed he could not hear. Barcelona took full advantage, with Xavi and then Messi's penalty putting the tie beyond Arsene Wenger's men, who were left to reflect on what might have been and must now regroup for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester United. As expected, Barcelona went on the offensive from kick-off, cheered on by a passionate 95,000-strong crowd in the Nou Camp. Laurent Koscielny made an important early block on Pedro and when the visitors did get possession, they were greeted by a cacophony of deafening whistles. Koscielny and Jack Wilshere combined to deny Messi after, in a sign of things to come, Arsenal again gave away possession far too cheaply. The Gunners were forced into a change on 16 minutes when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had to be replaced by Manuel Almunia after injuring his left hand making a routine save from Daniel Alves' long-range free-kick. Barcelona continued to press Arsenal back, with Johan Djourou producing a superb saving tackle to deny Xavi with Pedro drilling the loose ball over the crossbar. Barcelona then almost fluked an opening goal on 35 minutes when a curled cross from left-back Adriano struck the outside of the near post. Tempers boiled over when Wilshere went to ground as he stretched for a loose ball at the edge of the Barcelona penalty area, the home players claiming a dive which led to van Persie and former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano squaring up before calm was eventually restored. Van Persie had not calmed down and picked up a needless yellow card on the stroke of half-time for barging Alves over. Fabregas, returning to his boyhood club for the first time, then inexplicably tried to backheel the ball to Wilshere on the edge the Arsenal penalty area, but gave it straight to Andres Iniesta. Messi - who netted all four Barcelona goals in last season's game here - was away, and brilliantly chipped Almunia before lashing the ball into the empty net. Arsenal looked to be facing an uphill battle for the second half, but were presented with a lifeline on 53 minutes. Samir Nasri got away down the left and won a corner which he swung into the six-yard box where Busquets headed it past his own goalkeeper. The tie then took another twist when van Persie latched onto a throughball, but was ruled offside, which looked marginal. The Holland forward lashed the ball wide and was shown a second yellow card, swiftly followed by a red. Van Persie and the Arsenal players could not believe it, as the striker claimed he could not hear the whistle. Barcelona started the onslaught almost immediately, with first David Villa and then Messi denied by a couple of brave blocks from Almunia. The Catalans finally regained the advantage on 68 minutes when Xavi slotted home after being played in following a quick exchange between Iniesta and Villa. Before Arsenal could regroup, Barcelona were awarded a penalty when Koscielny tripped Pedro and Messi slotted it into the bottom corner to put Barcelona within touching distance of the last eight. Wenger sent on Andrey Arshavin and then Nicklas Bendtner, replacing Fabregas, but it was more in hope than expectation. Almunia denied Barcelona another goal with good blocks from Messi and substitute Ibrahim Afellay. Bendtner was agonisingly close to connecting with Wilshere's cross into the six-yard box, but it was not to be for the Gunners.

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