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  • Varela (11), Falcao (51)
  • Campbell (18)
  • Date:2010-02-17
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Estadio do Dragao
  • Attendance:45600
  • Referee:Hansson, M

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: FC PORTO 2-1 ARSENAL.

90mins

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

90mins

Three minutes of added time to be played.

90mins

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

90mins

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

88mins

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

87mins

Emmanuel Eboue takes over from Nasri.

86mins

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

85mins

Ruben Micael is replaced by Fernando Belluschi.

84mins

Fernando brings down Fabregas.

83mins

Carlos Vela enters the fray and Bendtner makes way.

82mins

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

81mins

Hulk is going off to be replaced by Mariano Gonzalez.

79mins

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

78mins

Alvaro is booked for taking out Walcott.

76mins

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

76mins

Wenger looks agitated on the Gunners bench.

74mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

Twenty minutes to play.

68mins

Porto replace Raul Meireles with Tomas Costa.

68mins

Arsenal bring on Theo Walcott for Rosicky.

66mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

Jorge Fucile is booked for a tackle on Fabregas.

62mins

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

60mins

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

59mins

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

58mins

Rosicky is sent crashing by Hulk.

55mins

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

53mins

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

51mins

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.

51mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

Porto start the second period.

45mins

Half-Time: FC PORTO 1-1 ARSENAL.

45mins

Fabregas is down again after a tackle by Alvaro Pereira.

42mins

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

41mins

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

38mins

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

37mins

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

34mins

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

31mins

Diaby goes into the book for a foul on Varela.

30mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

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

24mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

18mins

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.

18mins

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

16mins

Nasri wins a corner over on the left flank.

15mins

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

14mins

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

11mins

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

11mins

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.

9mins

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

8mins

This is better from Arsenal.

7mins

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

6mins

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

5mins

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

3mins

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

2mins

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

2mins

Little to report in the opening exchanges.

1mins

Arsenal get the game underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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


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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.

FC Porto

Arsenal

Corners

29

Fouls

1911

Goal attempts

108

Shots off target

44

Offsides

00

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