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Champions League and Premier League as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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2200: So Martin Hansson (of Henry handball fame) and Tom Henning Ovrebo (of Chelsea-Barca fame) are apparently still fond of a touch of controversy. I can't wait to see what Dutch whistler Eric Braamhaar has in store for us tomorrow night when Liverpool face Unirea Urziceni in the Europa League. Ooh, and Fulham face Shakhtar Donetsk.

2157: The bore draw at the DW means Bolton moves up a place to 18th, and Wigan up to 14th.

Football League Danny: "Reading beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park. It moves the Royals up to 18th in the table. Palace meanwhile, are now only out of the bottom three thanks to goal difference. Tense, tense times."

Wenger on his side's defending: "I believe that the two goals we conceded are not goals you expect to concede at that level. On the second, it is unfortunate, on the first we were beaten. I don't doubt our character. We are still in the game."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Porto's second goal: "First, I believe it was an accidental backpass. Sol touched it accidentally. The ref should have given us time to build the wall, because otherwise you can never defend a free-kick. It was a double mistake - and it was a penalty for us as well."

2153: FULL-TIME Wigan 0-0 Bolton

From Ben, Leeds, via text: "Re 2145: Lets tell it like it is - stone wall penalty, absolutely no question about it and no excuses for well positioned officials. But the reason Arsenal lost is that we remain naive and self-destructive. Still make us favourites to go through and strong ones at that."

2149: That last-gasp Miroslav Klose header may be controversial, but it's also record-breaking. Our friends at Infostrada Sports point out that Bayern have now broken their club record winning streak, winning their 13th successive match in all competitions.

2145: Right, I've finally seen the Tomas Rosicky penalty incident - and it was indeed a very, very strong shout. The defender, Alvaro Pereira, hacks at Rosicky's ankle just as he's about to cross the ball in. That happened just before Porto's second goal.

Football League Danny: "It finished Newcastle 4-1 Coventry, Ryan Taylor applying the finishing touch with a 90th-minute goal. Notts County drew 1-1 with Grimsby - County goalscorer Lee Hughes being sent off in the final moments. And Reading still lead Crystal Palace 3-1 in the 2000 GMT kick-off."

Fabregas on what went wrong: "Schoolboy goals. What can you do? Nothing. Nothing to complain. After the second goal, we went down. We are still a little bit soft in that aspect - when we concede a goal we are not strong enough to lift ourselves up. Until the second goal we were having a very good game."

Cesc Fabregas on whether Porto's goal should have stood: "I don't know. I have no idea. Maybe as a player I would have done the same, take a quick free-kick. To be honest, I don't know. I was like 30 metres away."

2140: Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, who has gone up front with Victor Moses coming on and filling the left-wing berth, tries an audacious overhead kick but smacks it a couple of yards over from inside the Bolton box.

2138: FULL-TIME Bayern Munich 2-1 Fiorentina

2137: Arsene Wenger is all smiles as he shakes hands with Porto counterpart Jesualdo Ferreira. Not sure he'll still be smiling at the post-match interviews. However, that's not a bad result for Arsenal, given their injury list.

2136: FULL-TIME Porto 2-1 Arsenal

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bayern goal: Massive controversy at the Allianz Arena as Arjen Robben's long-range shot is saved, but only into the path of Ivica Olic who nods it to an offside Miroslav Klose to head in.

2133: GOALFLASH Bayern Munich 2-1 Fiorentina (Klose)

2132: Into three minutes of added time and Arsenal do have a corner now - which is overhit by Cesc Fabregas.

2131: Nearly advantage Bolton at the DW. Kevin Davies flicks the ball on, Johan Elmander tees it up and Matt Taylor hammers a right-foot shot inches past Chris Kirkland's right-hand post from 25 yards.

2131: Arsenal win a corner as Carlos Vela bursts into the box... no they don't, the referee has given a goal-kick to Porto.

2130: Another sub at Porto. Samir Nasri off, Emmanuel Eboue on. Three minutes of the 90 remaining and Arsenal still trail 2-1.

Yellow card
2126: Fernando goes into the book for a foul on Cesc Fabregas. Ruben Micael is down injured - and in fact he won't continue.

2125: With about eight minutes remaining at the Estadio do Dragao, Carlos Vela comes on for Nicklas Bendtner.

2123: Mariano Gonzalez replaces Hulk for Porto. Carlos Vela will be on for Arsenal shortly...

Football League Danny: "Sean Scannell pulls one back for Palace and it's Crystal Palace 1-2 Reading. Still more than 30 minutes to go there - it was a 2000 GMT kick-off."

2120: Wigan still looking the better side against Bolton at the DW. Hugo Rodallega heads wide from eight yards from a Mario Melchiot cross.

Red card
Fiorentina red card: That looks a touch harsh. Arjen Robben touches the ball past Massimo Gobbi, who uses his shoulder to prevent the fleet-footed winger going round him. He's a little surprised to see the dreaded red come out.

2117: RED CARD Fiorentina (Gobbi)

Football League Danny: "Looks safe for the Magpies now. Peter Lovenkrands scores from the penalty spot to make it Newcastle 3-1 Coventry. And the Sky Blues are down to 10 men as Leon Barnett is off for a second bookable offence."

From PanasonicVieira on 606: "Fabregas just better keep his cool. It's no secret he's been targeted. I've no complaints about the second Porto goal. It's just more naivety from Arsenal. Arsene likes to use the word 'maturity' but we seldom seem to show it. I'll take a 2-2 if it's on offer. We'll need some away goals for the return, as we won't keep a clean sheet at the Emirates."

2112: Wigan are still the better side but they've been forced into a change at home against Bolton as defender Titus Bramble limps off. Fair play to Latics manager Roberto Martinez - he sends striker Jason Scotland on in his place.

Football League Danny: "It's Crystal Palace 0-2 Reading thanks to Jimmy Kebe's goal and this is looking like a huge result for the Royals at the foot of the Championship."

2110: Tomas Rosicky indeed had a penalty shout before that Porto goal went in. I didn't see it, and they haven't replayed it. The commentators on BBC 5 live reckoned it wasn't a pen, but they would have only seen it once as well. Anyway, Rosicky has now been replaced by Theo Walcott.

From anon via text: "Re 2101: And (c) the refusal of a blatant penalty. This referee is a joke... as is Fabianski unfortunately."

Yellow card
2106: Cesc Fabregas has been fouled about a million times (roughly) tonight and finally someone pays the price, Fucile picking up a booking for upending the Gunners skipper on the touchline.

2105: And they're back under way at the DW. End-to-end at the Estadio do Dragao... I'll be very surprised if there are no more goals.

2101: Now, clearly, I can't see into Arsene Wenger's mind, but I imagine he is fuming because (a) Fabianski just dropped his second clanger of the game, but mainly (b) the referee picks up the ball and gives it to Ruben Micael, and also seems to get in Sol Campbell's way as the free-kick is tapped to Falcao. Fabianski has just made a smart save from Hulk.


Football League Danny: "Andy Carroll has put Newcastle 2-1 up on Coventry at St James' Park. A win tonight puts the Magpies three points clear at the top."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Fiorentina goal: Terrible defending that from Bayern Munich. The ball is whipped in from the right and absolutely no-one in the home defence takes any responsibility. Fiorentina's Per Kroldrup doesn't mind as the ball falls to him a few yards out and he calmly sidefoots home. Easy goal and it's 1-1.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Porto goal: A quite unbelievable series of events. Sol Campbell touches the ball back to Lukasz Fabianski, who - for reasons known only to himself - picks it up. Another howler by the Gunners keeper. Indirect free-kick inside the box for Porto, and with Arsenal still disputing the free-kick, Ruben Micael takes it quickly, taps it to Falcao, who rolls the ball into the empty net. Arsene Wenger is FUMING.

2054: GOALFLASH Bayern Munich 1-1 Fiorentina (Kroldrup)

2053: GOALFLASH Porto 2-1 Arsenal (Falcao)

From Temi, via text: "Cant believe how poor Clichy has become. With his pace, you would have thought he should be ideal for defending against fast opposition but he is getting skinned each time. So poor."

2048: Away they go again at the Estadio do Dragao.

2047: HALF-TIME Wigan 0-0 Bolton

From anon via text: "We scored! We signed a decent loan signing! We actually had a shot on goal! I need a lie down. As Carmen's overture goes round my head. Come on Grimsby!!!"
Grimsby haven't won a league game since 19 September. They are 1-1 against Notts County at half-time

2041: Our friends at Infostrada Sports have bad news for Fiorentina fans following Arjen Robben's goal. Apparently, Bayern have only lost one Champions League match in which they have led 1-0 at half-time. That was the famous 1999 final against Manchester United.

From BBob14 on 606: "Bendtner has been horrible for Arsenal's attack. He has a horrible first touch and has not made a single creative run or pass."

2038: Wigan are doing most of the pressing at the DW but Bolton could so easily have just taken the lead. Chung-Yong Lee's cross from the right seemed destined for Johan Elmander's head three yards out, until Gary Caldwell made a last-gasp - and decisive - intervention.

2034: HALF-TIME Bayern Munich 1-0 Fiorentina

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Bayern goal: Chaotic end to the half at the Allianz Arena. Bayern's Franck Ribery is upended in the box, the ball breaks loose to Mario Gomez and he sidefoots into the net. No goal. Referee Tom Henning Ovrebo - who famously turned down about four Chelsea penalty appeals against Barca last season - gives the penalty instead. Cue much discussion, but Arjen Robben keeps his head and slots home from the spot. Justice done, I reckon.

2033: GOALFLASH Bayern Munich 1-0 Fiorentina (Robben)

Handbags
2032: Handbags at half-time as Porto seem to get awfully upset about Cesc Fabregas winning a couple of free-kicks. Settle down chaps.

2031: HALF-TIME Porto 1-1 Arsenal

From Barry, St Austell, via text: "I never thought I'd say this but Arsenal are a much better attacking side with Bendtner playing. If only for the variation as he holds the ball up."

Football League Danny: "Simon Church has put Reading 1-0 up at Crystal Palace. Massive game near the foot of the table that - the Royals leave the relegation zone and go above Palace with victory."

2028: All gone a bit quiet, except at the DW - where it has been nothing but quiet.

2025: Lots of you insisting that Lukasz Fabianski's save at 2014 GMT was, in fact, brilliant. Happy to be corrected. I am only human-ish.

Football League Danny: "It's been all Newcastle at St James' Park tonight. So, needless to say, it's Coventry who take the lead in tonight's Championship fixture thanks to Clinton Morrison. Don't get too excited though, Sky Blues' fans - Wayne Routledge equalises inside three minutes. Newcastle 1-1 Coventry."

2023: Nicklas Bendnter gets his head to a vicious Cesc Fabregas free-kick and Helton does brilliantly to tip the ball over for a corner.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2021: Woodwork's a-shaking at the DW where Charles N'Zogbia cuts in from the right past two defenders and, as he's falling, smashes a shot onto the inside of the far post. Some rare quality. Is N'Zogbia eligible for England yet?

Yellow card
2019: Bruno Alves gets a yellow card for... kicking the ball away. Silly.

From anon via text: "Just add that Sol Campbell was given a torrid time by Football League veteran Paul Mullin against Morecambe."

2015: Meanwhile: after a lively start on a bog of a pitch, it's become depressingly average at the DW Stadium. Bolton's Chung-Yong Lee and Matt Taylor have fired shots wide from outside the Wigan box, but no clear-cut chances yet.

2014: Another bit of dodgy keeping from Lukasz Fabianski, who almost pushes a long-range shot straight into the path of a Porto attacker.

2012: To the Grimsby fan who texted in for an update on the Mariners' League Two encounter with Notts County: you don't want to know. (To the rest of you: Lee Hughes has put County ahead)

From optajoe on Twitter: "Sol Campbell has now scored in his last two Champions League games, with a gap of 45 months since his goal in the 2006 final. Veteran."

From Gavin, London, via text: Five months ago, Sol Campbell is playing against MORECAMBE in League Two... Now scoring in the knockout rounds of the Champions League... what a contrast. Good on him!"

2009: Falcao is cynically blocked off by Thomas Vermaelen on the edge of the box. The Colombian waves an imaginary card - but the defender escapes. Free-kick off-target.

From EmJayLambert on Twitter: "This could end 4-4 if the defending in the first 20 mins is anything to go by."

2006: Good chance at the far post for Fiorentina's Cesare Natali - but he heads inches wide from a dangerously hit free-kick.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Arsenal goal: Of course. It had to be. From Samir Nasri's corner, Tomas Roscky heads it back across goal for an unmarked Sol Campbell to nod in the equaliser.

2004: GOALFLASH Porto 1-1 Arsenal (Campbell)

2003: Arsenal may look leaky at the back, but they look promising going forward. Nicklas Bendtner's shot is deflected just over the top for a corner...

2001: Even start at the Allianz Arena, with both Bayern Munich and Fiorentina having chances. Mario Gomez has had the best one so far for Bayern, but his shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Sebastien Frey.

2000: Right on time, they're under way at the DW Stadium.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Porto goal: HOWLER! Not for the first time tonight, Silvestre Varela skips past Gael Clichy on the right and drives the ball across goal where Lukasz Fabianksi appears to be wrong-footed and just helps the ball over the line. And Arsenal fans thought Almunia was becoming a liability...

1956: GOALFLASH Porto 1-0 Arsenal (Fabianski own goal)

1956: Hulk jinks into the penalty box and CLANG! runs straight into Sol Campbell. No penalty.

1955: Bruno Alves decides to go for goal from a free-kick a good 35 yards out but Lukasz Fabianski is behind it.

From I Saw Pingu Fly Last Tuesday on 606 "Porto look very strong here. I have a feeling this going to be a cracking game - Two fast teams that have got major problems in defence."

1951: Bruno Alves makes a well-timed challenge on Cesc Fabregas in the box. Open start to the game.

1949: Crikey, another great chance for Porto, Hulk dragging his shot wide of Fabianski's right-hand post. Arsenal really struggling defensively in the opening minutes.

1948: Chance already... for Porto. Poor backpass lets in Falcao and Sol Campbell is struggling to keep up - but he bides his time before producing a magnificent saving challenge. Fabianski keeps out the rebound.

1945: Martin Hansson blows his whistle at the Estadio do Dragao. Remember that name? Hansson was the man in the middle for the second leg of the France-Republic of Ireland World Cup play-off, which featured some mild controversy involving Thierry Henry.

From anon via text: "On an overnight train between Kerala and Goa, hot and sweaty and no chance of sleep due to unusually high levels of passing trains sounding horns. This live text is the only thing keeping me sane. Need good performances from N'Zog and Chung Yong Lee tonight to push me up the fantasy footie."

1941: Atmospheres cranking up at the Estadio do Dragao and the Allianz Arena. Both full houses, it looks like.

1935: Porto pair Hulk and Falcao have scored three goals each in the Champions League so far. Ruben Micael scored seven in the Europa League for Nacional before moving to Porto in January.

1928: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Bolton
Wigan make two changes for the relegation six-pointer at home to Bolton, with Mario Melchiot in for Emmerson Boyce and Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno handed a first start as Jason Scotland drops to the bench. Bolton are unchanged from the side that impressed in the 1-1 FA Cup draw at home to Spurs on Sunday, with Jack Wilshere and Vladimir Weiss only substitutes.

Wigan make two changes for the relegation six-pointer at home to Bolton, with Mario Melchiot in for Emmerson Boyce and Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno handed a first start as Jason Scotland drops to the bench. Bolton are unchanged from the side that impressed in the 1-1 FA Cup draw at home to Spurs on Sunday, with Jack Wilshere and Vladimir Weiss only substitutes.

1926: TEAM NEWS Porto v Arsenal
Porto welcome back Brazilian striker Hulk, who is serving an indefinite domestic ban, while midfielder Raul Meireles also returned from injury. Arsenal have a bulging injury list, so keeper Lukasz Fabianski comes in for Manuel Alumnia, Sol Campbell plays alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the back, while defender Bacary Sagna replaces Emmanuel Eboue. With Andrey Arshavin crocked, Nicklas Bendtner leads the attack with Theo Walcott warming the bench.

From Andrew Harvey on 606: "1-1 for the Arsenal score tonight, and I'm backing Fiorentina to spring an upset in Munich."

1923: TEAMS (AT LAST) Porto v Arsenal
FC Porto: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Pereira, Ruben Micael, Fernando, Raul Meireles, Varela, Falcao, Hulk. Subs: Beto, Guarin, Belluschi, Gonzalez, Maicon, Costa, Miguel Lopes.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Clichy, Diaby, Denilson, Fabregas, Rosicky, Bendtner, Nasri. Subs: Mannone, Vela, Walcott, Ramsey, Silvestre, Eboue, Traore.

1922: Don't know where the Porto-Arsenal line-ups have got to. Our usual supplier of such information has failed us. I shall mention no names...


1919: TEAMS Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
Bayern Munich: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Robben, Van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Gomez, Muller. Subs: Rensing, Altintop, Olic, Klose, Pranjic, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Fiorentina: Frey, De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Natali, Gobbi, Montolivo, Bolatti, Marchionni, Jovetic, Vargas, Gilardino. Subs: Avramov, Donadel, Felipe, Pasqual, Comotto, Keirrison, Carraro.

1917: TEAMS Wigan v Bolton
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Scharner, McCarthy, Diame, N'Zogbia, Moreno, Rodallega. Subs: Stojkovic, Thomas, Scotland, Moses, Gomez, Sinclair, Boyce.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Al Habsi, Samuel, Mark Davies, Cohen, Andrew O'Brien, Wilshere, Weiss.

1914: Stat magic from SportsDeskLive who tells me Sol Campbell is the oldest Englishman to play for Arsenal in the CL in over six years since Martin Keown in September 2003. He's 35.

From The World's Most Pessimistic Gooner on 606: "I'm not one to be pessimistic, but I think Arsenal will be lucky to get away with a draw here. Everyone struggles against Porto in the Dragao stadium. Man Utd were lucky to win here last season."

1908: Slight diversion: just watched brave Brit Chemmy Alcott in the skiing. She did OK - in that she waited until after the finish line to fall over. Brilliant. I've actually got tears in my eyes. Anyway, more of that with Rob Hodgetts, I'll get back to my proper job.

Chris, Wigan fan, via text: "Gonna be such a nervous derby tonight at Wigan, can't wait to get inside and hope there is a decent sized crowd on. Look out for all the flags inside the ground they have been giving them away outside!"

From louismyles on Twitter: "Staying at Arsenal's hotel, spotted Sol Campbell eating a big apple pastry at lunch today, Cesc had some nice new trainers on."

1902: I can't get that Cheryl Cole song out of my head. And I don't know any of the words, so it's just a bit of the chorus going round and round and round and round. And round. But enough about me, how about you get in touch on 81111 (UK), +44 7786200666 (the world), on Twitter or on 606.

1858: And while his mates are off on a jolly in Porto, Bolton's on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere heads to Wigan where his adopted side Bolton face a relegation ding-dong in the Premier League. The Latics sit just two points above Bolton, who are second bottom.

1855: In tonight's other Champions League tie, Bayern Munich, on a 12-match winning run, host Fiorentina, who have won one win in six. Don't read anything into that though. "Only washing machines come with guarantees," says Bayern captain Mark van Bommel, rather inaccurately. "We know we're on good form, but it can vanish very quickly."

1852: And it is confirmed: Sol Campbell starts, and he'll face Porto striker Hulk. Full teams shortly.

1850: Porto, meanwhile, could include striker Hulk for the first time since December. The Brazilian became the Ineligible Hulk after reportedly smacking a steward following Porto's defeat to Benfica. He has been given an indefinite domestic ban pending a hearing on 23 February.

1847: Still awaiting official team news from the Estadio do Dragao where Arsenal meet Porto. Arsene Wenger has gone to Portugal without Almunia, Arshavin, Gallas, Song and Eduardo, so we could see Sol Campbell's first Champions League appearance since the 2006 final against Barcelona.

1845: Hello there. It seems improbable that tonight's action can live up to the precedent set by last night's San Siro barnstormer, but I'm daring to dream...



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Champions League results

17 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

  • Bayern Munich2-1Fiorentina
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  • FC Porto2-1Arsenal
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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 26 39 58
2 Man Utd 26 41 57
3 Arsenal 26 31 52
4 Man City 25 15 45
5 Liverpool 26 16 44
6 Tottenham 26 19 43
7 Aston Villa 25 13 42
8 Birmingham 25 -2 37
9 Everton 25 -1 35
10 Fulham 26 2 34
11 Stoke 25 -4 31
12 Blackburn 26 -17 31
13 Sunderland 25 -10 26
14 Wigan 25 -23 25
15 West Ham 25 -8 24
16 Wolves 25 -21 24
17 Hull 26 -26 24
18 Bolton 25 -17 23
19 Burnley 25 -25 23
20 Portsmouth 25 -22 16

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