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FC Porto   2 - 1   Arsenal

Sol Campbell heads in the opener
The match had begun so well for Campbell after heading in a stunning equaliser

By Mark Ashenden

Sol Campbell scored for Arsenal but two errors from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski gave Porto a win in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League match.

An own goal by Fabianski gave Porto the lead on 10 minutes when he spilled Silvestre Varela's cross.

The Gunners hit back as centre-back Campbell nodded in from a corner.

But after Rosicky was denied a penalty, Falcao poked in a Ruben Micael free-kick after Fabianski had picked up a backpass from Campbell inside the box.

Arsenal will feel aggrieved after recovering brilliantly from their shambolic opening at Estadio do Dragao, yet there was still much on show to provide hope for the return leg in London on 9 March.

With an extensive injury list, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said his team would need to "dig deep" and be "special" if they wanted anything out of their trip - but he would have been alarmed and delighted in equal measure within two minutes of kick-off.

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And it was Campbell, making his first Champions League appearance since the 2006 final against Barcelona, who recovered brilliantly to tackle Falcao after the Colombian striker had cruised past the 35-year-old into the box.

Porto looked intent on ripping the visitors apart and soon after Hulk, banned in the domestic league since December, blasted wide, the all-important opener arrived thanks to a shocking error from Fabianski.

After turning Gael Clichy inside out, Varela crossed a relatively harmless ball in from the right, only for the Polish keeper, in for the injured Manuel Almunia, to spill the ball into the net.

It was a miserable start for the man starting only his sixth game of the season and subject to criticism in their FA Cup defeat by Stoke but he would have been mighty relieved to see the goal cancelled out seven minutes later.

Campbell restored parity when he powered in a header from six yards after Tomas Rosicky had nodded back Thomas Vermaelen's flick from an inswinging Cesc Fabregas corner.

The former England centre-half looked ecstatic, celebrating two goals in successive Champions League matches for the London club that spanned three and a half years.

The goal settled Arsenal's early jitters as they sought their first win on Portuguese soil.

The only scare for Wenger's side for the rest of the half was a 30-yard piledriver from Micael, which was pushed safely away by Fabianski.

Nicklas Bendtner, deployed as a lone striker because of the injury to Andrey Arshavin, was enjoying more support from his increasingly adventurous team-mates and the Dane had a header pushed over by Helton from a dipping Fabregas free-kick.

The half ended with a heated exchange of words between both sets of players over a late tackle on Fabregas and the fireworks continued immediately after the break.

Rosicky was bundled over by Alvaro Pereira inside the box and as the referee allowed play to continue, Porto broke away to set up the controversial goal that was to eventually decide the outcome of the match.

Campbell, the centre of attention once again, appeared to pass the ball back to Fabianski and was shocked to see his keeper pick up the ball.

It was another moment of madness for Arsenal's stand-in number one and worse was to come as the quick-thinking Micael passed the free-kick to Falcao, who calmly slotted the ball into the net.

Wenger was incensed, thinking the pass had been accidental, and was even allowed a prolonged conversation with referee Martin Hansson - the same official who missed Thierry Henry's handball in France's win against the Republic of Ireland last year.

But the bizarre debate on the sidelines proved fruitless and as Arsenal pushed desperately for a late equaliser, the Porto rearguard stood firm to set up next month's intriguing clash at the Emirates.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
FC Porto 2-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Fabianski (og) 11
  • Falcao 52
  • Campbell 18

FC Porto

  • 01 Helton
  • 02 Alves yellow card
  • 13 Fucile yellow card
  • 14 Rolando
  • 15 Pereira yellow card
  • 03 Raul Meireles (Costa 68)
  • 25 Fernando yellow card
  • 28 Ruben Micael (Belluschi 85)
  • 09 Falcao
  • 12 Hulk (Gonzalez 81)
  • 17 Varela

Substitutes

  • 24 Beto,
  • 16 Maicon,
  • 06 Guarin,
  • 07 Belluschi,
  • 11 Gonzalez,
  • 20 Costa,
  • 22 Miguel Lopes

Arsenal

Substitutes

  • 24 Mannone,
  • 18 Silvestre,
  • 27 Eboue,
  • 30 Traore,
  • 14 Walcott,
  • 16 Ramsey,
  • 12 Vela
Ref: HanssonAtt: 45,600
FC PORTO
ARSENAL

Possession

  • FC Porto 47%
  • Arsenal 53%

Attempts on target

  • FC Porto 9
  • Arsenal 9

Attempts off target

  • FC Porto 4
  • Arsenal 2

Corners

  • FC Porto 2
  • Arsenal 9

Fouls

  • FC Porto 18
  • Arsenal 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:23 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:07 Emmanuel Eboue produces a cross.
  • 90:00+1:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Mariano Gonzalez. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 89:47 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 89:38 Carlos Alberto Vela sends in a cross, Francisco Fernando makes a clearance.
  • 87:56 Radamel Falcao concedes a free kick for a foul on Sol Campbell. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 87:12 Jorge Rolando restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:12 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue on for Samir Nasri.
  • 87:12 Samir Nasri challenges Fernando Belluschi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 84:41 Substitution (FC Porto) makes a substitution, with Fernando Belluschi coming on for Ressureicao Ruben Micael.
  • 83:28 Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:28 Booking Francisco Fernando is given a yellow card.
  • 83:21 Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Francisco Fernando results in a free kick.
  • 82:06 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Carlos Alberto Vela coming on for Nicklas Bendtner.
  • 81:30 Tomas Costa takes a shot. Sol Campbell gets a block in.
  • 80:35 Corner taken by Francisco Fernando from the left by-line.
  • 80:35 Substitution Givaldinho Hulk leaves the field to be replaced by Mariano Gonzalez.
  • 78:41 Jorge Fucile takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Clichy.
  • 77:19 Alvaro Pereira restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:19 Booking Booking for Alvaro Pereira.
  • 76:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Silvestre Varela.
  • 75:32 Gael Clichy produces a cross, clearance made by Jorge Rolando.
  • 74:53 Silvestre Varela delivers the ball.
  • 74:30 The ball is delivered by Tomas Costa, clearance made by Sol Campbell.
  • 74:15 Alvaro Pereira delivers the ball, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 73:20 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Alvaro Pereira.
  • 72:06 Vassiriki Diaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Ressureicao Ruben Micael. Francisco Fernando restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:21 Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, save made by Da Silva Helton.
  • 71:16 Francesc Fabregas delivers the ball, clearance made by Francisco Fernando.
  • 70:27 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 69:48 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Tomas Costa results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:04 Substitution Tomas Costa is brought on as a substitute for Jose Raul Meireles.
  • 67:04 Substitution Theo Walcott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tomas Rosicky.
  • 66:51 Centre by Bacary Sagna.
  • 66:05 Ressureicao Ruben Micael challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:46 Effort from 35 yards by Alvaro Pereira went wide of the right-hand post.
  • 65:26 Givaldinho Hulk takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 64:36 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Blocked by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
  • 63:55 Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:55 Booking Jorge Fucile receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:46 Jorge Fucile concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas.
  • 62:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
  • 62:15 Jose Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 59:46 Givaldinho Hulk takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 57:12 Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Givaldinho Hulk results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Nicklas Bendtner goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 56:46 Foul by Jose Raul Meireles on Vassiriki Diaby, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:21 Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Ressureicao Ruben Micael. Francisco Fernando restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:03 A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, Jorge Rolando manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:12 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Francisco Fernando results in a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:26 Alvaro Pereira fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Alvaro Pereira takes the free kick.
  • 51:42 The assist for the goal came from Ressureicao Ruben Micael.
  • 51:42 GOAL - Radamel FalcaoFC Porto 2 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Radamel Falcao from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Porto 2-1 Arsenal.
  • Correction - 51:42 GOAL - Radamel FalcaoFC Porto 2 - 1 Arsenal Radamel Falcao finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Porto 2-1 Arsenal.
  • Correction - 50:50 Ressureicao Ruben Micael takes the free kick.
  • 50:50 Free kick taken by Francisco Fernando.
  • 49:26 Foul by Jorge Fucile on Neves Denilson, free kick awarded. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:40 Shot from just outside the box by Nicklas Bendtner goes over the bar.
  • 46:31 Jorge Fucile challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 45:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sol Campbell on Radamel Falcao. Direct free kick taken by Silvestre Varela.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:52 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 44:46 Alvaro Pereira concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
  • 42:46 Silvestre Varela concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Clichy. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:09 The ball is delivered by Nicklas Bendtner.
  • 37:50 Francisco Fernando gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 36:36 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line.
  • 35:41 Jorge Fucile concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Centre by Francesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Da Silva Helton.
  • 33:49 Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:49 Booking Eduardo Bruno Alves receives a caution.
  • 33:20 Vassiriki Diaby fouled by Francisco Fernando, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 31:55 Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Ressureicao Ruben Micael, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, clearance made by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
  • 31:09 Free kick crossed by Ressureicao Ruben Micael, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 31:09 Booking Caution for Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 30:46 Unfair challenge on Silvestre Varela by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick.
  • 27:52 Ressureicao Ruben Micael takes a shot. Fantastic save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 26:50 Corner taken right-footed by Francisco Fernando.
  • 22:24 Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Radamel Falcao. Givaldinho Hulk has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 20:45 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 20:27 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Da Silva Helton makes a save.
  • 19:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Francisco Fernando on Francesc Fabregas. Strike on goal comes in from Francesc Fabregas from the free kick.
  • 17:56 Assist on the goal came from Tomas Rosicky.
  • 17:56 GOAL - Sol CampbellFC Porto 1 - 1 Arsenal Sol Campbell finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. FC Porto 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 17:45 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 17:27 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Jorge Rolando.
  • 16:47 Effort from long distance by Francisco Fernando goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 16:14 Silvestre Varela fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Raul Meireles, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:59 Silvestre Varela delivers the ball, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:19 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, comfortable save by Da Silva Helton.
  • 15:00 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Jorge Rolando.
  • 14:27 Nicklas Bendtner sends in a cross, Jorge Rolando manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:32 Silvestre Varela provided the assist for the goal.
  • 10:32 GOAL - Lukasz FabianskiFC Porto 1 - 0 Arsenal Lukasz Fabianski scores an own goal from 6 yards. FC Porto 1-0 Arsenal.
  • 10:31 A cross is delivered by Silvestre Varela,
  • 9:53 The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy.
  • 8:08 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Radamel Falcao, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Eduardo Bruno Alves from the free kick, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 7:17 Centre by Tomas Rosicky, clearance made by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
  • 6:24 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Comfortable save by Da Silva Helton.
  • 5:31 Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 3:26 Francisco Fernando fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Ressureicao Ruben Micael restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:27 Effort from the edge of the area by Givaldinho Hulk goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 2:02 Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Jorge Rolando manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:45 Ressureicao Ruben Micael takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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