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Kirsten breaks Arsenal hearts

Published: Wednesday 20 February 2002
Ulf Kirsten struck in injury-time for Bayer 04 Leverkusen to deny Arsenal FC an away victory.

Match statistics

LeverkusenArsenal

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target10
 
1
Corners11
 
4
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
24
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 20 February 2002

Kirsten breaks Arsenal hearts

Ulf Kirsten struck in injury-time for Bayer 04 Leverkusen to deny Arsenal FC an away victory.

Ulf Kirsten's injury-time equaliser for Bayer 04 Leverkusen denied Arsenal FC their first away victory in the UEFA Champions League this season as the sides drew 1-1 at the BayArena.

Parlour off
The veteran striker converted Bernt Schneider's cross to claim an unlikely point for the German side who had previously struggled to create chances against an Arsenal team reduced to ten men by Ray Parlour's 70th-minute dismissal.

Pires opener
After a tepid first half in which the Group D rivals had difficulty mastering the wet conditions, the game sprang to life in the 56th minute when Robert Pires opened the scoring. The French international picked up the ball in midfield and ran with purpose at the heart of the Leverkusen defence. As opponents closed in, he picked out Sylvain Wiltord on the right-hand side. He took a touch before sliding the ball back into the path of Pires for a simple finish.

Rock solid
Leverkusen's response was muted as the well-drilled Arsenal back line restricted the hosts to a series of spectulative long-range efforts. Schneider came the closest with an imaginative turn and shot which almost caught David Seaman off guard. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger referred recently to Sol Campbell as his "super rock" and the English international certainly lived up to the billing. Indeed, the Leverkusen front pair of Kirsten and Oliver Neuville spent much of the game caught between a rock and a hard place, in the form of Campbell and Igors Stepnaovs, his highly impressive central defensive partner.

Rearguard action
After Parlour was sent off for a second bookable offence, the Gunners got plenty of men behind the ball to protect their lead. Leverkusen found it hard to breach this rearguard action but eventually the pressure told. Substitute Dimitar Berbatov headed against the bar in the 84th minute before Kirsten's near-post flick was diverted away from goal by Stepnaovs amid vociferous claims for handball.

Last laugh
Arsenal were relieved when the referee waved play on but Kirsten had the last laugh. His late strike - combined with Juventus FC's 0-0 draw against RC Deportivo La Coruña - left Group D unchanged with all four teams on four points.

Last updated: 16/11/12 3.47CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

arsenal

Arsenal

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny (C)
Substitution61
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira (C)
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
Yellow Card70
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Goal56
8
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
11
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution71
9
KirstenUlf Kirsten
Goal90
12
LaurenLauren
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
14
HenryThierry Henry
13
BallackMichael Ballack
15
ParlourRay Parlour
Yellow Card41
Red Card68
19
LúcioLúcio
16
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
23
CampbellSol Campbell
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
25
KanuNwankwo Kanu
Substitution76
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
Substitution75
26
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
Yellow Card33

Substitutes

20
JuricFrank Juric (GK)
24
WrightRichard Wright (GK)
3
BabićMarko Babić
9
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
12
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution75
10
BergkampDennis Bergkamp
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution61
17
EduEdu
Substitution76
18
HejdukFrankie Hejduk
18
GrimandiGilles Grimandi
Substitution71
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
19
InamotoJunichi Inamoto
47
KleineThomas Kleine
27
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis

Coach

Klaus Toppmöller (GER) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Claude Cauvet (FRA)

Fourth official

Dominique Fraise (FRA)

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