Arsenal's Emirates Stadium Date: 21st February 2024 at 11:32pm
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The Gunners lost 1-0 at the Estádio Do Dragão against Porto in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this evening, thanks to a late Wenderson Galeno goal (90+4′), in front of a crowd of 49,111.

FC Porto XI: Diogo Costa, João Mário, Wendell (90), Nico González, Pepe (c), Otáviom Francisco Conceição (85′), A. Varela, Evanilson (85′), Pepê Aquino, Galeno.

Substitutes: S. Eustáquio (on for Wendell 90′), M. Grujić, Cláudio Ramos, J. Sánchez, Iván Jaime, D. Namaso, André Franco, Romário Baró, Toni Martínez (on for Evanilson 85′), Gonçalo Borges (on for Conceição 85′), Zé Pedro, Fábio Cardoso.

Goals: Galeno 90+4′

Shots: On Target: 2

Possession: 35% — Corners: 1

Fouls: 14 — Yellow Cards: 1 (Conceição 52′)  — Red Cards: 0

Arsenal XI: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Trossard (74′).

Substitutes: Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Sweet, Heaven, Elneny, Jorginho (on for Trossard 74′), Vieira, Nwaneri, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Nketiah.

Goals: N/A

Shots: 7 On Target: 0

Possession: 65% — Corners: 10

Fouls: 22 — Yellow Cards: 3 (Rice 2′, Kiwior 57′, Havertz 61′)  — Red Cards: 0

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands).
Assistant Referee: Erwin E. J. Zeinstra (Netherlands).
Assistant Referee: Johan Balder (Netherlands).
Fourth Official: Joey Kooij (Netherlands).
Video Assistant Referee: Dennis Johan Higler (Netherlands).
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands).
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland).
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (Norway).

Post-match views from the forum:

Clrnc: “Raya too short for that goal but certainly can’t blame him. Just poor game management overall from us.

Just a very Arteta European setup again. Poor overall and they have the 2 best chances while we have none. Can’t say we deserved anything more.”

Plutarch: “That was very poor from us to give away that goal. We should easily have controlled the situation. We haven’t really played well at all. Also, our corner routines, usually good, were getting us nowhere tonight and we should have tried something different. We should still beat them at home.”

Blood on the Tracks: “That was exceptionally poor. I have to blame Arteta.

Away from home in the CL trying to manage the game and not give much away is okay.

But if you do that with zero tempo or purpose, you get what you deserve.

Really unhappy with that though I still think we’ll go through but we’ve made it much harder than it needed to be.”


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