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Arsenal   3 - 1   Celtic (agg 5 - 1)

By Phil McNulty

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Eboue celebrates scoring for Arsenal against Celtic

Arsenal eased past Celtic to reach the Champions League group stage.

Eduardo's 25th-minute penalty, a contentious award after he clashed with Celtic keeper Artur Boruc, extended the Gunners' two-goal first leg lead.

Emmanuel Eboue finished a sweeping move for Arsenal's second after 53 minutes and Andrey Arshavin added another two minutes after coming on as substitute.

Massimo Donati's spectacular angled volley pulled one back for Celtic, but they now go into the Europa League.

Celtic's players accused Eduardo of diving to win the crucial penalty, but the Gunners were ultimately superior to the Scottish Premier League giants and merited the victory.

Arsenal were not at their flowing best, but demonstrated enough touches of their trademark invention to build on an impressive start to the season.

Arsene Wenger's side were without injured captain Cesc Fabregas, and Wenger also chose to leave Robin van Persie and Arshavin on the bench as they held a healthy lead from the first leg.

And they could have extended the lead inside seven minutes when the normally lethal Eduardo steered wide of an open goal from close range after Boruc had saved brilliantly from Nicklas Bendtner.

Eduardo was the central figure when Arsenal did score after 28 minutes - and he was very much the villain in the eyes of Celtic's travelling fans when he tumbled theatrically as he went around Boruc in the area.

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Spanish official Mejuto Gonzalez infuriated Celtic by pointing to the spot, and Eduardo stayed cool despite the protests to send Boruc the wrong way to effectively put the tie out of the reach of Tony Mowbray's side.

Celtic thought they had given themselves a lifeline six minutes before the interval when Scott McDonald turned in Marc Antoine Fortune's cross from close range, but he was correctly ruled offside.

Arsenal ended the half in charge, with Boruc turning Eduardo's left-foot shot to safety and Bendtner heading the resulting corner from Denilson inches wide.

Aiden McGeady's ambitious effort from 25 yards flew just wide as Celtic attempted to revive the tie early in the second half - but all their hopes were snuffed out when the Gunners doubled their lead on the night after 53 minutes.

It was a goal that was typical Arsenal in creation, with Bendtner's clever flick releasing Abou Diaby. He fed Eboue, who took his time to find space and fire a low finish beyond Boruc.

With a trip to Manchester United looming on Saturday, Wenger made a double change with 19 minutes left, sending on Arshavin and Jack Wilshere for Eduardo and Eboue.

It was rewarded within two minutes when the Russian turned inside the area and slotted a composed effort past Boruc.

Donati pulled one back for Celtic with the last kick of the game, but it had no bearing on a contest that ended as a one-sided affair.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Champs League Q'fying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 5-1)
  • Eduardo (pen) 28
  • Eboue 53
  • Arshavin 74
  • Donati 90+2

Arsenal

Substitutes

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc
  • 02 Hinkel
  • 05 Caldwell yellow card (O'Dea 46)
  • 11 Fox
  • 22 Loovens
  • 08 Brown yellow card
  • 18 Donati
  • 46 McGeady yellow card (Naylor 61)
  • 07 McDonald
  • 10 Fortune
  • 13 Maloney (Flood 61)

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 03 Naylor,
  • 48 O'Dea,
  • 16 Flood,
  • 09 Samaras,
  • 20 McCourt,
  • 33 Killen
Ref: Mejuto GonzalezAtt: 59,962
ARSENAL
CELTIC

Possession

  • Arsenal 55%
  • Celtic 45%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 5
  • Celtic 3

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 7
  • Celtic 6

Corners

  • Arsenal 4
  • Celtic 1

Fouls

  • Arsenal 11
  • Celtic 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:51 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:54 The assist for the goal came from Andreas Hinkel.
  • 90:00+1:54 GOAL - Massimo DonatiArsenal 3 - 1 Celtic Massimo Donati finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3 (5)-(1) 1 Celtic.
  • 90:00+1:44 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 90:00+0:17 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Andreas Hinkel, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:31 The ball is sent over by Willo Flood, Header from deep inside the area by Lee Naylor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 87:11 Unfair challenge on Alexandre Song Billong by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:22 Daniel Fox delivers the ball.
  • 83:57 Willo Flood sends in a cross, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 82:58 Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
  • 82:58 Booking Scott Brown shown a yellow card.
  • 82:52 Booking Neves Denilson receives a caution.
  • 82:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Willo Flood.
  • 81:14 Darren O'Dea fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Artur Boruc takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:04 Outswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 77:44 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Artur Boruc makes a save.
  • 75:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Thomas Vermaelen. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:28 Aaron Ramsey provided the assist for the goal.
  • 73:28 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 3 - 0 Celtic Andrey Arshavin grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3 (5)-(0) 0 Celtic.
  • 71:00 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Jack Wilshere coming on for Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 71:00 Substitution Andrey Arshavin on for Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 70:02 Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Alexandre Song Billong manages to make a clearance. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Lee Naylor goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 69:53 The ball is delivered by Marc-Antoine Fortune, blocked by Alexandre Song Billong.
  • 66:07 Scott Brown fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Andreas Hinkel takes the free kick.
  • 65:15 Marc-Antoine Fortune fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Loovens takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:53 A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
  • 63:32 Scott McDonald challenges Alexandre Song Billong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
  • 62:40 The referee blows for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:02 Substitution Aaron Ramsey replaces Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 60:02 Substitution Willo Flood comes on in place of Shaun Maloney.
  • 60:02 Substitution Lee Naylor is brought on as a substitute for Aiden McGeady.
  • 58:46 Foul by Scott Brown on Vassiriki Diaby, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 55:16 Neves Denilson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Artur Boruc.
  • 55:16 Booking Aiden McGeady is shown a yellow card.
  • 55:02 Aiden McGeady concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 54:26 Scott McDonald takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
  • 52:44 Booking The referee shows Emmanuel Eboue a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:41 Assist on the goal came from Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 52:41 GOAL - Emmanuel EboueArsenal 2 - 0 Celtic A goal is scored by Emmanuel Eboue from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2 (4)-(0) 0 Celtic.
  • 48:59 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Da Silva Eduardo goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 48:09 Scott McDonald fouled by Alexandre Song Billong, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 47:32 Shot from just outside the area by Aiden McGeady misses to the right of the target.
  • 46:30 Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 45:53 The referee blows for offside. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Darren O'Dea on for Gary Caldwell.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:43 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:00 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neves Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 45:00+0:48 Da Silva Eduardo takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
  • 41:16 Aiden McGeady has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 39:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott McDonald. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 38:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 37:52 A cross is delivered by William Gallas, Daniel Fox gets a block in.
  • Correction - 36:32 Scott Brown fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:32 Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 34:35 Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Free kick crossed by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 32:55 Free kick crossed right-footed by Neves Denilson from left channel.
  • 32:55 Booking Caution for Gary Caldwell.
  • 32:46 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick.
  • 31:42 Marc-Antoine Fortune fouled by Alexandre Song Billong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Fox.
  • 30:56 The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, Da Silva Eduardo has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 30:15 Neves Denilson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 29:09 Foul by Gary Caldwell on Da Silva Eduardo, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 27:08 GOAL - Da Silva EduardoArsenal 1 - 0 Celtic Placed penalty scored by Da Silva Eduardo. Arsenal 1 (3)-(0) 0 Celtic.
  • 25:50 Unfair challenge on Da Silva Eduardo by Artur Boruc results in a Penalty.
  • 23:39 Emmanuel Eboue produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 22:20 Da Silva Eduardo fouled by Marc-Antoine Fortune, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 21:26 The referee gives a free kick against Nicklas Bendtner for handball. Glenn Loovens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:11 The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 20:47 Centre by Aiden McGeady, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 19:52 Neves Denilson challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Massimo Donati restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:47 The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, clearance by Glenn Loovens.
  • 18:08 The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 17:55 The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, clearance made by William Gallas.
  • 17:38 Daniel Fox crosses the ball, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 17:19 Centre by Daniel Fox, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:46 The ball is crossed by Andreas Hinkel, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
  • 15:07 The ball is delivered by Neves Denilson, save by Artur Boruc.
  • 14:36 Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
  • 13:39 Unfair challenge on Alexandre Song Billong by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 13:27 A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, save by Artur Boruc.
  • 12:50 Effort from the edge of the area by Neves Denilson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 10:33 Da Silva Eduardo takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:00 Da Silva Eduardo has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 7:48 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
  • 5:35 Foul by Neves Denilson on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Shaun Maloney from the free kick.
  • 4:34 The official flags Da Silva Eduardo offside. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 2:17 Nicklas Bendtner challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:00 Foul by Neves Denilson on Massimo Donati, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 0:24 Foul by Scott McDonald on Thomas Vermaelen, free kick awarded. Alexandre Song Billong takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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26 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
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(agg 3 - 2)
Arsenal 3-1 Celtic R
(agg 5 - 1)
Fiorentina 1-1 Sporting R
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Olympiacos 1-0 Tiraspol R
(agg 3 - 0)
VfB Stuttgart 0-0 Timisoara R
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see also
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Wednesday's football photos
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Wednesday football as it happened
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26 Aug 09 |  Celtic
Eduardo defended over dive claims
27 Aug 09 |  Europe
Celtic 0-2 Arsenal
18 Aug 09 |  Europe


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