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  • Date:23 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Estadio AXA
  • Matheus (82) Matheus (90)
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92:34 +2.34

Nascimento Matheus finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Braga 2-0 Arsenal.

92:11 +2.11

Osorio Alan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kieran Gibbs from left wing.

90:47 +0.47

Nascimento Matheus fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Osorio Alan.

88:37

Vanderson Vandinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela. Miguel Hugo Viana replaces Vanderson Vandinho. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neves Denilson from left wing, Luiz Felipe makes a save.

87:36

Do Carmo Leandro Salino challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jack Wilshere, clearance by Osorio Alan.

86:23

Carlos Alberto Vela gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pinheiro Moises. Pinheiro Moises takes the free kick.

82:11

Nascimento Matheus fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braga 1-0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Brandao Elton. Unfair challenge on Nascimento Matheus by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Nascimento Matheus.

80:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Nascimento Matheus. Brandao Elton comes on in place of Rodrigo Lima. Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick.

79:33

Luis Aguiar goes off and Andres Madrid comes on.

79:10

A cross is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.

77:46

Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Angelo Miguel Garcia is shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kieran Gibbs from left channel.

77:07

Carlos Alberto Vela receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

75:22

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball, Alberto Rodriguez makes a clearance. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Carlos Alberto Vela coming on for Theo Walcott.

74:31

Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on do Carmo Leandro Salino. Do Carmo Leandro Salino restarts play with the free kick.

73:37

Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodrigo Lima. Johan Djourou goes into the referee's book. Luis Aguiar crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.

72:10

Samir Nasri takes the outswinging corner, Johan Djourou takes a shot. The official flags Samir Nasri offside. Marouane Chamakh is brought on as a substitute for Nicklas Bendtner. Luiz Felipe takes the free kick.

71:56

The ball is sent over by Tomas Rosicky, clearance by Pinheiro Moises.

70:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Matheus by Emmanuel Eboue. Uwa Echiejile takes the direct free kick.

69:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on do Carmo Leandro Salino. Neves Denilson is given a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Luis Aguiar.

68:19

Samir Nasri is brought on as a substitute for Francesc Fabregas.

67:49

Foul by Jack Wilshere on do Carmo Leandro Salino, free kick awarded. Do Carmo Leandro Salino takes the free kick.

66:27

A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs.

65:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Osorio Alan. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

65:23

The ball is delivered by Uwa Echiejile, Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.

64:35

Angelo Miguel Garcia produces a cross.

62:44

Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Neves Denilson gets a block in.

61:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on Luis Aguiar. Free kick taken by Uwa Echiejile.

61:10

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, do Carmo Leandro Salino manages to make a clearance.

59:47

The ball is delivered by Osorio Alan. Effort from the edge of the area by Luis Aguiar goes wide of the right-hand post.

57:02

Effort from the edge of the area by Nascimento Matheus goes wide of the right-hand post.

55:58

Francesc Fabregas has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

55:10

Pinheiro Moises challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

53:56

Luis Aguiar challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Luis Aguiar for unsporting behaviour. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

52:15

Do Carmo Leandro Salino challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

51:32

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, save by Luiz Felipe.

49:18

Do Carmo Leandro Salino concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Strike on goal comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick.

48:10

The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Luiz Felipe restarts play with the free kick.

47:26

Luis Aguiar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue. Emmanuel Eboue restarts play with the free kick.

45:51

Do Carmo Leandro Salino concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

43:50

Foul by Alberto Rodriguez on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

42:21

Vanderson Vandinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Francesc Fabregas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Luis Aguiar.

41:24

Vanderson Vandinho challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.

41:06

Nascimento Matheus challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.

39:57

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

38:42

Nascimento Matheus produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

37:15

Emmanuel Eboue concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Matheus. Caution for Emmanuel Eboue. Luis Aguiar has an effort direct from the free kick, clearance by Nicklas Bendtner. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Luis Aguiar from the left by-line, Theo Walcott makes a clearance.

34:43

Rodrigo Lima has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

32:32

Nascimento Matheus fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by do Carmo Leandro Salino.

29:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by do Carmo Leandro Salino. Francesc Fabregas has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Luiz Felipe. Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas. Centre by Emmanuel Eboue, Shot from close range by Johan Djourou misses to the left of the goal.

28:54

Theo Walcott sends in a cross.

23:57

Unfair challenge on do Carmo Leandro Salino by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Free kick taken by do Carmo Leandro Salino.

22:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by do Carmo Leandro Salino. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

20:00

Kieran Gibbs fouled by Osorio Alan, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

19:43

Rodrigo Lima produces a cross.

18:35

Effort on goal by Francesc Fabregas from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

17:40

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas.

17:08

Centre by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Pinheiro Moises.

14:25

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, clearance made by Pinheiro Moises. Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, save made by Luiz Felipe.

12:40

Unfair challenge on Osorio Alan by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vanderson Vandinho.

12:16

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball.

8:42

Unfair challenge on Rodrigo Lima by Neves Denilson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rodrigo Lima.

7:21

Nascimento Matheus fouled by Emmanuel Eboue, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Luis Aguiar, Pinheiro Moises has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

7:11

Osorio Alan sends in a cross.

6:35

Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.

5:53

The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott.

4:28

Corner taken by Luis Aguiar, clearance by Nicklas Bendtner.

3:54

Sebastien Squillaci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Lima. Do Carmo Leandro Salino takes the direct free kick.

3:47

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.

3:00

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.

1:29

The ball is swung over by Kieran Gibbs, Pinheiro Moises manages to make a clearance.

The game kicks-off.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Braga defender Alberto Rodriguez wants to add to Arsenal's woes on the back of their North London derby defeat to rivals Tottenham by beating them in the Champions League.

Arsenal squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Tottenham on Saturday, and now Rodriguez is taking aim at the Gunners as Braga bid to show they are not as bad as their 6-0 defeat to Arsenal in September suggested.

"The team spirit is good," Rodriguez said.

"We are thinking only about Tuesday's match and are ready to win. We are better than we were in the first match against Arsenal. Nobody in the team expected that result. Now we think in a different way because we know we have to win if we want to continue in the Champions League."

Braga are three points adrift of Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk, who take on pointless Partizan Belgrade in a match they should win. That means Braga will be fighting for their lives, a dangerous prospect for Arsenal - and manager Arsene Wenger is certainly not assuming his side can simply show up and enjoy another rout as they did two months ago.

"A game away from home in the Champions League is a more different game than at home," he said.

"Braga have a good side that in the first 20 minutes of the home game impressed me. With what happened to us against Spurs everyone will be focused and want to perform at our best. We know we have an opportunity to qualify and people expect us also to bounce back."

Arsenal will rest Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin for the match, while defender Gael Clichy also misses out because of a back problem. England left-back Kieran Gibbs looks set to start, while Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner returns to contention after his groin problems.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), centre-half Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) remain out, while Aaron Ramsey continues his rehabilitation following a broken leg.

Wenger revealed he is carefully managing the health of Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but the Arsenal captain is expected to play.

"It is getting better," Wenger said of Fabregas' hamstring injury.

"He was out for a while and had a recurrence of his hamstring problem, then it gets in your head. When it gets in your head, it is difficult to play free of your mind.

"I feel it is getting better in every match, from game to game he becomes stronger. On Saturday against Tottenham, he has created three great goal chances, so we are getting back to the normal Cesc."

Formation:4231Manager: Domingos Paciencia

Braga

Formation: 4411Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Luiz Felipe
  • Angelo Miguel Garcia
  • Pinheiro Moises
  • Alberto Rodriguez
  • Uwa Echiejile
  • Vanderson Vandinho
  • do Carmo Leandro Salino
  • Osorio Alan
  • Luis Aguiar
  • Nascimento Matheus
  • Rodrigo Lima
  • SUBS
  • Guilherme Artur Moraes
  • Marcio Mossoro
  • Andres Madrid
  • Sa Peraira Silvio
  • Miguel Hugo Viana
  • Capela Anibal
  • Brandao Elton

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Match Report

Braga stun Gunners Arsenal suffered a shock 2-0 Champions League defeat to Braga at Estadio Municipal. The Gunners, beaten by rivals Tottenham on Saturday, had been top of Group H and thrashed the Portuguese side 6-0 in their opening fixture. However, a much-changed side never hit top gear and were denied a cast-iron penalty by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai before Braga scored two late breakaway goals from Brazil striker Matheus, leaving Arsene Wenger's men not yet assured of their place in the last 16. Wenger had made seven changes from the team which threw away a 2-0 lead at home to Spurs, including a return for Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, who had previously hit out at a lack of opportunities. The Estadio Municipal was carved out of the Monte Castro quarry ahead of Euro 2004, making for a stunning setting. However, the stadium was well below its 30,000 capacity and hardly produced a hostile atmosphere for the Gunners, who won in Belgrade earlier this season but were beaten in their last away European tie at Shakhtar Donetsk. Braga took inspiration from Arsenal to change their kit to red and white in 1921, but it was the men in yellow who started brightly as Theo Walcott looked dangerous down the right. The home side had a free-kick when Eboue blocked Matheus, with centre-back Moises heading over when the ball was swung into the area. After 18 minutes, Walcott flicked the ball on to Bendtner, who played Cesc Fabregas into the right side of the area, but the Arsenal captain was off balance and fired his angled shot over. The visitors continued to enjoy plenty of possession, but were not creative enough in the final third. As the half-hour mark approached, Walcott again scampered away down the right before cutting the ball back across the six-yard box, but Bendtner was unable to make up the ground. Emmanuel Eboue was tripped by Leandro Salino to concede a free-kick 20 yards out, just right of centre. Fabregas beat the wall with a placed effort, but goalkeeper Felipe was alert to tip it over the bar. On 34 minutes, the Fabregas delayed his pass on the counter-attack to release Walcott into the Braga box, but Felipe was out quickly to make the block. At the other end Lima flashed a 20-yard drive wide before Bendtner went down 25 yards out, only for Fabregas to drill the free-kick wide. Braga gave away possession with some stray passes at the start of the second half, but Arsenal were unable to capitalise from promising positions around the penalty area. Salino tugged back Wilshere to concede a free-kick in a central position, some 28 yards out, but Walcott whipped a curling effort just over the crossbar. As the hour mark approached, Fabregas turned on the edge of the penalty area to make space for a shot, which drifted wide. At the other end, Matheus dragged his low strike across goal after cutting in from the left. Luis Aguiar then profited from Sebastien Squillaci's half-clearance as the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box, but the Uruguayan fired wide. Fabregas' run into the Braga box was picked out by Wilshere, but the Arsenal captain just could not bring the ball down. On 69 minutes, Wenger made a change when Nasri replaced Fabregas, who had been troubled by a hamstring complaint and went straight to the changing room. Tomas Rosicky's cross was put behind as Bendtner looked set for a tap-in from two yards, and on 72 minutes the Dane was replaced by Marouane Chamakh. Mexico winger Carlos Vela was sent on for Walcott and immediately found himself booked for diving by the referee when it seemed a clear trip by Alberto Rodriguez in the area. And Braga rubbed salt into Arsenal's wounds with seven minutes remaining as they snatched a goal on the break. While Emmanuel Eboue was off the pitch needing treatment on an ankle injury, Matheus scampered clear to beat Lukasz Fabianski. Arsenal were forced to play on with 10 men, but despite throwing everything forward they could not find a way back and were again hit on the break in stoppage time.

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