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Elite FA Cup, Group A Game 3

Arsenal 1 - 2 FC Porto

Elite FA Cup Groups Match 3, Arsenal vs. FC Porto (Wed Dec 19)


                              Arsenal  |  FC Porto
                              4-5-1 N  |  4-3-1-2 E
                       Adrian Dalmedo  |  Roberto Ciccotelli
                                       |
                           D_James GK  |  GK P_Lattuada
                         R_Holding DF  |  DF Maxi
                            P_Evra DF  |  DF C_Obasi
                         C_Blewitt DF  |  DF S_Bradley
                            D_Burn DF  |  DF T_Haas
                          I_Falque MF  |  MF G_Fofana
                     N_Ben_Khalifa MF  |  MF M_James
                          T_Cruise MF  |  MF A_Silva
                            Bebeto MF  |  AM S_Winzor
                          R_Savage MF  |  FW J_Garner
                          D_Murphy FW  |  FW R_Chamgerlain
                                       |
                        Pepe_Reina SUB |  SUB C_Barr
                         G_Collins SUB |  SUB L_Jones
                        D_Rocastle SUB |  SUB F_Alvares
                          P_Crouch SUB |  SUB R_Neves
                           Ricardo SUB |  SUB G_Agbonlahor

Referee: K_Clark (Scotland)


Min. 2  :(fcp) J_Garner takes advantage of a mistake by R_Holding
          ...  He runs towards goal
          ...  D_Murphy read the danger and stops the pass
Min. 6  :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa lobs it over C_Obasi
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa has a dig at goal!
          ...  P_Lattuada with a great save
          ...  He holds onto it as well!
Min. 8  :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa with a slick pass to C_Blewitt
          ...  C_Blewitt hits the ball first time!
          ...  He could have let that bounce
          ...  P_Lattuada with the acrobatic save
          ...  Well saved
Min. 10 :(arn) Bebeto feeds the ball through the middle
          ...  T_Cruise runs onto it
          ...  He uses a clever change of direction to go past the defender
          ...  But C_Obasi sees the pass and cuts it out
Min. 11 :(arn) T_Cruise finds I_Falque in acres of space
          ...  I_Falque with the goal bound shot!
          ...  But P_Lattuada punches it away
          ...  That's gone out for a throw in
Min. 16 :(arn) The ball rolls free!
          ...  P_Evra takes control of it on the half way line
          ...  He sprints past the defenders!!
          ...  P_Evra tries to lob the keeper !
          ...  It's beaten P_Lattuada
          ...  It goes wide !!
Min. 17 :(arn) T_Cruise cuts inside the defender
          ...  He sees a team mate in space
          ...  He passes it to D_Murphy
          ...  A powerful shot by D_Murphy !
          ...  P_Lattuada with a fantastic point blank save
          ...  He showed great Reflexes there
Min. 22 :(fcp) M_James holds the ball up and waits for support
          ...  He knocks the ball across to C_Obasi
          ...  C_Obasi tries to chip the ball over the keeper !
          ...  D_James with a superb tip over the bar
          ...  He showed great Reflexes there
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  S_Winzor floats the ball in!
          ...  The ball comes to J_Garner
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He runs to the corner and gives the away fans the middle finger
          ...  That's put FC Porto in front!
          ...  Arsenal 0-1 FC Porto ...
Min. 23 :(arn) The Arsenal manager told his side to change to a A strategy
Min. 23 :(arn) Bebeto retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa latches onto the end of it
          ...  But C_Obasi clears the ball to safety
Min. 24 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa sprints down the wing
          ...  He knocks it past the defender into space!
          ...  He puts in a square ball!
          ...  Bebeto runs onto it
          ...  He uses a clever change of direction to go past the defender
          ...  Good sliding challenge from A_Silva and it had to be
Min. 27 :(fcp) G_Fofana controls it well
          ...  He nutmegs D_Murphy
          ...  He puts in M_James!
          ...  But R_Holding puts it in row Z!
Min. 30 :(fcp) S_Winzor with the first time flick to J_Garner
          ...  J_Garner sends it flying towards goal!
          ...  D_James with an easy save
          ...  He just oozes confidence
Min. 31 :(arn) T_Cruise takes possession
          ...  Knocks it past Maxi
          ...  He's through on goal
          ...  T_Cruise aims the cheeky shot at goal!
          ...  P_Lattuada with an amazing dive to the bottom left
          ...  How he got to that one I don't know !
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  R_Savage hits it towards the far post!
          ...  The ball finds its way to C_Blewitt
          ...  He gets the shot away
          ...  The shot deflects wide into the crowd!!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Bebeto crosses it in!
          ...  D_Murphy swings a leg at it!
          ...  But P_Lattuada just gets his fingers to that one
Min. 32 :(fcp) S_Winzor runs at C_Blewitt
          ...  The defender slips and falls over
          ...  D_Murphy with an ugly foul
          ...  There's no place in the game for that kind of challenge
          ...  He's warned for that one
          ...  Anymore like that and he will find himself in the book
Min. 33 :(arn) R_Savage finds his way through
          ...  He bent his run well
          ...  R_Savage with an overhead kick !
          ...  He gets a connection
          ...  P_Lattuada just watches float over the bar!
Min. 34 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  That mistake could prove costly
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa has time and space!
          ...  He shoots towards goal!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He runs off and does a somersault
          ...  All square, that should make things interesting!
          ...  Arsenal 1-1 FC Porto ...
Min. 34 :(fcp) M_James bursts into the box and cuts the ball back to R_Chamgerlain
          ...  R_Chamgerlain shapes up for a shot!
          ...  But D_James punches it away
Min. 36 :(arn) I_Falque wins possession
          ...  He plays the ball across to D_Murphy
          ...  A cracking drive from D_Murphy !
          ...  The fans behind the goal jump up!
          ...  But it's gone just wide !!
Min. 38 :(arn) Bebeto takes on the defender
          ...  He gets past him!
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run
          ...  He plays the ball through to D_Murphy
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge by T_Haas
          ...  He timed it well
Min. 39 :(arn) I_Falque beats C_Obasi
          ...  He showed great skill there
          ...  T_Haas stands his ground and wins the tackle
Min. 40 :(arn) T_Cruise kills the ball dead
          ...  He sees a team mate making a run!
          ...  He plays the ball across to him!
          ...  D_Burn gets on the end of the pass
          ...  D_Burn hits a great drive!
          ...  But he puts it well wide
          ...  The FC Porto fans taunt him!
Min. 40 :(fcp) J_Garner takes advantage of a defensive mistake
          ...  It's a lucky break
          ...  J_Garner sends it flying towards goal!
          ...  D_James makes a great save
          ...  But he can't hold onto it!
          ...  He gathers it at the second attempt!
Min. 43 :(REF) The 4th referee signals that there is 1 minute of time to be added on
Min. 46 :(arn) I_Falque looks around for support
          ...  He sees a man in space!
          ...  He hits the ball up to T_Cruise
          ...  T_Cruise tries to place it in the corner !
          ...  P_Lattuada makes a great save
          ...  And he manages to hold onto it as well!

*************  HALF TIME  ****************
Half Time Score: Arsenal 1-1 FC Porto

Min. 46 :(fcp) M_James beats R_Holding
          ...  He muscled him off the ball
          ...  A cheeky lob from M_James !
          ...  It's beaten D_James
          ...  It goes wide !!
Min. 50 :(fcp) S_Winzor sidesteps N_Ben_Khalifa
          ...  He was too quick for his marker
          ...  S_Winzor rises above the defence to head the ball !
          ...  But D_James makes a superb stop down low.
Min. 51 :(fcp) A_Silva with the first time pass to R_Chamgerlain
          ...  P_Evra slides in to knock the ball out for a corner
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  M_James crosses it in!
          ...  Maxi loses his marker
          ...  He gets his head onto it!
          ...  It takes a deflection!
          ...  But hits the side netting!
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  Swung in by G_Fofana
          ...  It comes to J_Garner
          ...  He fires it towards to goal
          ...  But D_James punches it away
          ...  He commands his area so well
Min. 53 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa knocks it past T_Haas and runs onto it
          ...  He showed great skill and pace there
          ...  Superbly timed tackle by C_Obasi
          ...  He made it look easy
Min. 55 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa hits the ball through the heart of the defence
          ...  P_Evra latches onto it!
          ...  P_Evra tries to beat P_Lattuada!
          ...  It's gone over
          ...  Well he must have left his shooting boots at home for that one
Min. 59 :(fcp) A_Silva with a slick pass to R_Chamgerlain
          ...  R_Chamgerlain curls it towards the top corner !
          ...  D_James gets a hand to it!!
          ...  But he picks up the rebound
          ...  Fantastic reflex save by D_James !!
Min. 65 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa takes advantage of a mistake by T_Haas
          ...  That mistake could prove costly
          ...  N_Ben_Khalifa hits it
          ...  This one could go anywhere !
          ...  Wide of goal
Min. 66 :(arn) T_Cruise gets the ball on the wing
          ...  He cuts inside C_Obasi!
          ...  He has some space now!
          ...  But S_Bradley clears the ball to safety
Min. 67 :(arn) Bebeto pulls it back to D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy with the strike !
          ...  But he puts it wide
          ...  That was a terrible attempt!
Min. 68 :(fcp) S_Winzor passes the ball to J_Garner
          ...  Excellent sliding challenge by D_Murphy
          ...  He timed it well
Min. 71 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa hits a hard pass to R_Savage
          ...  A_Silva reads the game well and cuts out the pass!
Min. 71 :(fcp) R_Chamgerlain takes advantage of a bad back pass from P_Evra
          ...  R_Chamgerlain has a dig at goal!
          ...  But D_James reaches the ball. Good save
Min. 72 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa with a smart pass to D_Murphy
          ...  D_Murphy smashed the ball towards the bottom corner!
          ...  P_Lattuada fists it away
          ...  That was a good save!
Min. 76 :(fcp) S_Winzor is taking a throw in
          ...  He sees a team mate loosing his marker
          ...  He throws it to R_Chamgerlain
          ...  Bebeto bundles the player over!!
          ...  That's a foul!!
          ...  He is warned by K_Clark
          ...  It's just a warning
Min. 76 :(fcp) S_Winzor retreats under pressure
          ...  He hits the ball up field
          ...  R_Chamgerlain latches onto the end of it
          ...  R_Chamgerlain with the side footed shot!
          ...  GOAL !!
          ...  He grabs the corner flag and pretends to sing!
          ...  That must have sealed it!!
          ...  Arsenal 1-2 FC Porto ...
Min. 77 :(arn) P_Crouch is being brought on
          ...  Bebeto is leaving the pitch
          ...  Looks like the substitute will play FW
Min. 77 :(arn) Ricardo is coming on for T_Cruise and will play FW
Min. 81 :(arn) D_Burn threads the through ball to P_Crouch
          ...  A scorcher of a shot from P_Crouch !
          ...  It hits the bar!!
          ...  But he beats the defender to the rebound
          ...  OHHHHHHHH !!
          ...  He's put it wide
Min. 83 :(arn) R_Savage hits the ball through the heart of the defence
          ...  D_Murphy latches onto it!
          ...  G_Fofana reads the situation well and wins the ball
          ...  But it goes out
          ...  CORNER!
          ...  I_Falque swings it in!
          ...  T_Haas wins the ball
          ...  And he clears the danger
Min. 83 :(arn) R_Savage with a simple pass to D_Murphy
          ...  R_Chamgerlain is late with that one
          ...  I think he was just trying to get to the ball
          ...  K_Clark wants a quiet word
Min. 85 :(arn) N_Ben_Khalifa with the header on
          ...  He finds D_Burn in space
          ...  Good sliding challenge from S_Bradley and it had to be
Min. 85 :(fcp) C_Obasi takes control of the loose ball
          ...  He plays the ball across to R_Chamgerlain
          ...  C_Blewitt is called for the holding foul
          ...  Looked like a fair jump
          ...  The referee got it wrong
          ...  YELLOW CARD!! He is in the book for that one
          ...  He'll need to be careful from now on
Min. 88 :(REF) The board goes up indicating that there are 3 minutes of time to be added on
Min. 93 :(arn) P_Crouch runs at goal
          ...  He spots the run of Ricardo
          ...  He's played him in
          ...  Ricardo with the side footed shot!
          ...  P_Lattuada parries it
          ...  The defender clears it

*************  FULL TIME  ****************


Match Details
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Venue                : Emirates Stadium
Attendance           : 125,000
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Arsenal Match Info
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Best player          : N_Ben_Khalifa
Scorers              : N_Ben_Khalifa (34)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : C_Blewitt (85)
Injured              : N/A
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FC Porto Match Info
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Best player          : S_Winzor (Man of the Match)
Scorers              : J_Garner (22), R_Chamgerlain (76)
Sent Off             : N/A
Booked               : N/A
Injured              : N/A
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Match Statistics
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                              Arsenal     |    FC Porto
Attempts on Goal     :          19        |       12
Off target           :           9        |       2
On target            :          10        |       10
Possession           :          52        |       48
Corners              :           3        |       3
Red Cards            :           0        |       0
Yellow Cards         :           1        |       0
Subs Used            :           2        |       0
Fouls                :           8        |       3
Key Tackles          :           4        |       10
Key Passes           :          19        |       10
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Final Score          : Arsenal 1 - 2 FC Porto
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Player Statistics - Arsenal
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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D_James        GK  34   2   2   3  26 |  94   8   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0   0
R_Holding      DF   1  29   8   6  22 |  94   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  20   0   0
P_Evra         DF   3  27  11  10  21 |  94   0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0  20   0   2
C_Blewitt      DF   3  27   7   6  22 |  94   0   0   0   0   2   0   1   0   0  -2  -2   9
D_Burn         DF   2  26   9  11  21 |  94   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   1
I_Falque       MF   3  15  28  10  19 |  94   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20  10
N_Ben_Khalifa  MF   1  12  28  12  25 |  94   0   0   6   0   3   1   0   0   0   0  60  46
T_Cruise       MF   2  10  28   9  39 |  78   0   0   3   0   2   0   0   0   0   0  30  20
Bebeto         MF   1   9  27   7  30 |  78   0   0   4   0   0   0   0   0   0 -20  20 -20
R_Savage       MF   2   7  27   6  15 |  94   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
D_Murphy       FW   2  10   8  27  37 |  94   0   2   0   0   5   0   0   0   0  40   0  32
Pepe_Reina     GK  27   2   1   1  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
G_Collins      DF   2  29   9   7  19 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
D_Rocastle     MF   2   7  28  10  21 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
P_Crouch       FW   1   6  12  27  21 |  16   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  10   1
Ricardo        FW   1   7   9  25  21 |  16   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0 -20 -20 -10

Player Statistics - FC Porto
Name          Pos  St  Tk  Ps  Sh  Ag | Min Sav Ktk Kps Ass Sht Gls Yel Red KAb TAb PAb SAb
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P_Lattuada     GK  30   3   2   1  42 |  94   9   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  35   0   0   0
Maxi           DF   1  29   8   8  22 |  94   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
C_Obasi        DF   2  28  11   8  39 |  94   0   3   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  80  30  30
S_Bradley      DF   2  27  13   7  21 |  94   0   2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  40   0   0
T_Haas         DF   2  25  12   7  11 |  94   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0  60   0   0
G_Fofana       MF   1  17  27   7  21 |  94   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  30  20
M_James        MF   2  11  25  14  21 |  94   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   1
A_Silva        MF   1   6  25   7  20 |  94   0   2   2   0   0   0   0   0   0  40  20   0
S_Winzor       AM   3  20  25  10  22 |  94   0   0   4   2   1   0   0   0   0   0  80  10
J_Garner       FW   3   7   8  28  11 |  94   0   0   0   0   4   1   0   0   0   0   0  65
R_Chamgerlain  FW   2   6  10  27  20 |  94   0   0   0   0   4   1   0   0   0   0   0  65
C_Barr         GK   2  32  13  10  27 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
L_Jones        DF   3  27   7   8  22 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
F_Alvares      MF   1   9  28   8  22 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
R_Neves        MF   2   5  28   4  33 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
G_Agbonlahor   FW   1  11   8  26  32 |   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
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