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Arsenal   5 - 0   FC Porto (agg 6 - 2)

Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri
Nicklas Bendtner, left, and Samir Nasri produced fine displays at the Emirates

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at the Emirates Stadium

Nicklas Bendtner struck a hat-trick as Arsenal outclassed Porto to overturn a first-leg deficit with ease and clinch a place in the last eight of the Champions League.

Bendtner - heavily criticised after a succession of misses in Saturday's win against Burnley - scored twice in the first half to wipe out the 2-1 lead Porto were protecting from the first game in Portugal.

Andrey Arshavin was instrumental in both goals as Bendtner added the final flourishes to Arsenal's flowing attacking moves that enabled them to take control almost instantly.

Porto applied brief pressure after the interval, with Manuel Almunia saving from Falcao, but Arsenal completed the formalities and cruised into the quarter-finals with two superb goals inside three minutes just after the hour.

Samir Nasri, taking on Cesc Fabregas' midfield mantle in the absence of Arsenal's inspirational captain through injury, embarked on a weaving, angled solo run that took him past a succession of Porto defenders to score.

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Substitute Emmanuel Eboue quickly added the fourth as Arsenal launched a sweeping counter-attack from a Porto corner, Arshavin again making life easy for his team-mate to go around Helton and score.

Bendtner crowned a night of personal glory and an emphatic victory for Arsenal when he scored from the spot with virtually the last kick of the game after Eboue was hauled down.

Porto, a short spell at the start of the second half aside, were flimsy opposition. Greater challenges will lie ahead for Arsene Wenger's side - but the victory margin was a fair reflection on their superiority in front of an elated Emirates gallery.

Wenger used his programme notes to launch an impassioned defence of Theo Walcott following criticism of his disappointing performance for England against Egypt - but decided to start with him on the bench.

Wenger would like to face United or Chelsea

Arsenal hardly missed him in a turbo-charged start that established the foundations for a first 45 minutes that saw them in charge of the tie by the interval.

Arshavin's header had already brought a fine save from Helton at his near post before Bendtner put his wayward weekend finishing behind him to give Arsenal the lead after 10 minutes. Nasri's pass sent Arshavin through, and when Nuno Coelho collided with Helton as he challenged the Russian, Bendtner was lurking to steer home the loose ball.

And it was Arshavin's creativity that unlocked Porto again and set Bendtner up for his second 15 minutes later. He tormented Porto with some trademark sleight of foot before providing Bendtner with the easiest of chances.

Porto had shown some threat on the break, but the real danger was coming from Arsenal and Arshavin should have tightened their grip on the game 12 minutes before half-time, only to fire carelessly over the top of an open goal after fine work by Nasri.

As Arsenal continued to carve open the Porto defence, Helton twice came to his side's rescue as he saved low down from Bendtner, then dived at his post to push out Abou Diaby's header.

Porto had their best chance after 54 minutes when Hulk set up Falcao, but his finish was straight at Almunia, who held on at the second attempt.

Nasri then made two crucial contributions at either end of the pitch to ensure Arsenal's safe passage into the last eight. He distinguished himself in defence by clearing Porto substitute Cristian Rodriguez's header off the line, then unveiled a moment of supreme skill to wrap up Arsenal's win after 63 minutes.

He slalomed in from the right flank, twisting and turning past three Porto defenders to flash a finish across Helton into the far corner, and Eboue was able to put further polish on Arsenal's performance when he added the fourth three minutes later.

Arsenal have been victims of swift counter attacks from Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks, but this time the boot was on the other foot as Arshavin led the charge from a Porto corner to play in Eboue, who rounded Helton to score.

And Bendtner was not to be denied a first senior hat-trick when Arsenal were awarded a penalty with only seconds left. He snatched the ball and slid his penalty past Helton to provide the perfect finale to a wonderful night for Wenger's side.

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 5-0 FC Porto FT
(HT 2-0)(agg 6-2)
  • Bendtner 10
  • Bendtner 25
  • Nasri 63
  • Eboue 66
  • Bendtner (pen) 90+1

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    FC Porto

    • 01 Helton
    • 02 Bruno Alves
    • 13 Fucile yellow card
    • 14 Rolando
    • 15 Pereira yellow card
    • 18 Coelho (Rodriguez 46)
    • 03 Raul Meireles
    • 28 Ruben Micael (Guarin 76)
    • 09 Garcia yellow card
    • 12 Hulk
    • 17 Varela (Gonzalez 75)

    Substitutes

    • 33 Nuno,
    • 16 Maicon,
    • 06 Guarin,
    • 07 Belluschi,
    • 10 Rodriguez,
    • 11 Gonzalez,
    • 22 Miguel Lopes
    Ref: De BleeckereAtt: 59,661
    ARSENAL
    FC PORTO

    Possession

    • Arsenal 58%
    • FC Porto 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 9
    • FC Porto 4

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 7
    • FC Porto 5

    Corners

    • Arsenal 9
    • FC Porto 8

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 16
    • FC Porto 24
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:38 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+0:38 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerArsenal 5 - 0 FC Porto Placed penalty scored by Nicklas Bendtner. Arsenal 5 (6)-(2) 0 FC Porto.
    • 89:48 Booking Jorge Fucile goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:21 Jorge Fucile gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 88:39 Jose Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the goal.
    • 88:07 Theo Walcott sends in a cross, Da Silva Helton makes a save.
    • 84:37 Theo Walcott has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 83:27 Headed effort on goal by Nicklas Bendtner from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 82:06 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Radamel Falcao, free kick awarded. Jose Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:18 Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Mariano Gonzalez. Free kick taken by Mariano Gonzalez.
    • 79:33 Corner from right by-line taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 79:01 Fredy Guarin challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:57 Shot from just outside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the left of the target. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Emmanuel Eboue from the left by-line, Jorge Rolando manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Emmanuel Eboue from the left by-line, clearance made by Jorge Rolando. Bacary Sagna challenges Jose Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Da Silva Helton.
    • 74:54 Substitution Theo Walcott on for Andrey Arshavin.
    • 74:54 Substitution Fredy Guarin on for Ressureicao Ruben Micael.
    • 74:54 Substitution Mariano Gonzalez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Silvestre Varela.
    • 73:32 Unfair challenge on Alvaro Pereira by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alvaro Pereira.
    • 73:09 Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Silvestre Varela. Free kick taken by Ressureicao Ruben Micael.
    • 72:30 Bacary Sagna produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar. Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Radamel Falcao results in a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
    • 71:34 Substitution Neves Denilson replaces Samir Nasri.
    • 70:43 Jorge Fucile concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
    • 70:02 Foul by Eduardo Bruno Alves on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:47 Jose Raul Meireles takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ressureicao Ruben Micael, clearance by Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 67:26 Radamel Falcao has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 66:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Givaldinho Hulk. Free kick taken by Jorge Fucile.
    • 65:22 The assist for the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
    • 65:22 GOAL - Emmanuel EboueArsenal 4 - 0 FC Porto Emmanuel Eboue gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 4 (5)-(2) 0 FC Porto.
    • 64:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ressureicao Ruben Micael from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gael Clichy.
    • 62:58 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 3 - 0 FC Porto Samir Nasri finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3 (4)-(2) 0 FC Porto.
    • 61:34 Centre by Bacary Sagna, save made by Da Silva Helton.
    • 59:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ressureicao Ruben Micael, Cristian Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Samir Nasri.
    • 58:43 Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
    • 58:43 Booking The referee books Alvaro Pereira for unsporting behaviour.
    • 58:24 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Alvaro Pereira results in a free kick.
    • 57:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Pereira on Emmanuel Eboue. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 56:27 Da Silva Helton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:27 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue comes on in place of Tomas Rosicky.
    • 56:27 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Da Silva Helton. The assistant referee flags for offside against Thomas Vermaelen.
    • 55:53 Cristian Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Samir Nasri delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • Correction - 54:46 Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ressureicao Ruben Micael. Jose Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:46 Cristian Rodriguez fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:52 Radamel Falcao takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.
    • 53:05 Alex Song takes a shot. Save made by Da Silva Helton.
    • 52:13 Effort on goal by Givaldinho Hulk from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 51:45 Unfair challenge on Eduardo Bruno Alves by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
    • 51:10 Foul by Silvestre Varela on Thomas Vermaelen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
    • 50:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Givaldinho Hulk. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
    • 49:04 Jose Raul Meireles takes a shot.
    • 46:38 Foul by Eduardo Bruno Alves on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jorge Rolando. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, Da Silva Helton makes a save. Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Pereira on Sol Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 46:20 Givaldinho Hulk is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 45:45 Outswinging corner taken by Alvaro Pereira.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Cristian Rodriguez replaces Nuno Andre Coelho.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:29 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+2:44 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Da Silva Helton. Corner from the right by-line taken by Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo Bruno Alves makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:42 Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jorge Fucile.
    • 45:00+0:46 Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Ressureicao Ruben Micael. Givaldinho Hulk takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:21 Direct free kick taken by Da Silva Helton.
    • 43:21 Booking Nicklas Bendtner is shown a yellow card.
    • 42:12 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Da Silva Helton makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tomas Rosicky, Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Da Silva Helton makes a save. Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Jorge Fucile, free kick awarded.
    • 41:05 Foul by Ressureicao Ruben Micael on Vassiriki Diaby, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
    • 39:13 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Radamel Falcao, free kick awarded. Nuno Andre Coelho takes the free kick.
    • 37:05 Direct free kick taken by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
    • 37:05 Booking Thomas Vermaelen is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:01 Thomas Vermaelen challenges Radamel Falcao unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 36:23 Foul by Givaldinho Hulk on Sol Campbell, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:57 Jose Raul Meireles takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 34:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jose Raul Meireles from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Nicklas Bendtner.
    • 33:07 Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 32:25 Shot from long range by Givaldinho Hulk goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 32:05 Bacary Sagna challenges Silvestre Varela unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
    • 30:59 Nicklas Bendtner is ruled offside. Da Silva Helton takes the indirect free kick.
    • 28:42 The assistant referee flags for offside against Radamel Falcao. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:39 Vassiriki Diaby fouled by Givaldinho Hulk, the ref awards a free kick. Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Da Silva Helton.
    • 27:02 Sol Campbell fouled by Radamel Falcao, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:52 Assist on the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
    • 24:52 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerArsenal 2 - 0 FC Porto Nicklas Bendtner scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2 (3)-(2) 0 FC Porto.
    • 23:47 Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:47 Booking Radamel Falcao goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 23:25 Radamel Falcao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song.
    • 23:09 Gael Clichy fouled by Givaldinho Hulk, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 21:22 Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball.
    • 20:59 Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Silvestre Varela results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.
    • 19:52 Unfair challenge on Sol Campbell by Radamel Falcao results in a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
    • 19:27 Silvestre Varela takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
    • 19:09 Short corner worked by Jose Raul Meireles.
    • 17:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sol Campbell on Radamel Falcao. Jose Raul Meireles takes the free kick.
    • 16:39 Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri, Effort on goal by Vassiriki Diaby from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 15:07 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ressureicao Ruben Micael, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:53 Gael Clichy crosses the ball, save made by Da Silva Helton.
    • 13:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Ressureicao Ruben Micael. Sol Campbell takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:42 Thomas Vermaelen challenges Radamel Falcao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Givaldinho Hulk.
    • 9:02 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerArsenal 1 - 0 FC Porto Goal scored by Nicklas Bendtner from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1 (2)-(2) 0 FC Porto.
    • 7:24 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Da Silva Helton. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrey Arshavin played to the near post.
    • 3:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Jorge Fucile. Free kick crossed by Andrey Arshavin, save by Da Silva Helton.
    • 2:29 Radamel Falcao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:02 Tomas Rosicky produces a cross.
    • 1:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Silvestre Varela. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:44 Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Jorge Fucile. Direct free kick taken by Alvaro Pereira.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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