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Fabregas inspires ruthless Arsenal

Published: Tuesday 8 August 2006, 23.30CET
NK Dinamo Zagreb 0-3 Arsenal FC Teenager Cesc Fabregas scored twice as last season's runners-up all but ended the challenge of the Croatian side.
by Elvir Islamović
from Zagreb

Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebArsenal

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target0
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 8 August 2006, 23.30CET

Fabregas inspires ruthless Arsenal

NK Dinamo Zagreb 0-3 Arsenal FC Teenager Cesc Fabregas scored twice as last season's runners-up all but ended the challenge of the Croatian side.

Cesc Fabregas scored twice and Robin van Persie once in a blistering 16-minute second-half spell which all but ended NK Dinamo Zagreb's hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of last season's runners-up Arsenal FC.

Henry missing
The home supporters - almost 37,000 of them to Arsenal’s 200 travelling fans - did their utmost to make this an occasion to remember at the Maksimir stadium, creating a wonderful atmosphere well in advance of kick-off. Their team would have been further buoyed team by seeing an Arsenal team-sheet bereft of a number of leading names including captain Thierry Henry and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Still, the first half was more perspiration than inspiration with neither side fashioning a real opening in the face of some determined defending.

Impressive Modrić
For the home side, Luka Modrić was living up to his billing as one of Croatia's most promising talents, although the 20-year-old was upstaged by teenager Fabregas. Playing his first competitive game since impressing at the FIFA World Cup, the Spanish international fired Arsenal ahead in the 63rd minute with a crisp finish from Robin van Persie's clever assist. Provider turned scorer within a minute, as the Dutchman raced on to Aleksandr Hleb's raking pass before slotting the ball across Ivan Turina who could only palm it into the back of his net.

Superb defending
Excellent covering from Swiss central defender Johan Djourou denied home striker Eduardo da Silva a scoring opportunity in the 69th minute, and ten minutes later the lead was extended as Fabregas showed tremendous footwork and composure to skip past two home defenders on the edge of the box and send the ball beyond Turina for the third time - surely rendering the 23 August return at Arsenal's new north London home academic.

Last updated: 09/08/06 10.21CET

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Lineups

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

arsenal

Arsenal

1
TurinaIvan Turina (GK)
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
Substitution90+1
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Goal63
Goal78
3
ČaleHrvoje Čale
Substitution90+1
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
4
NowotnyJens Nowotny
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution82
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Yellow Card13
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Goal64
6
CvitanovićMario Cvitanović
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Yellow Card59
7
EttoEtto
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva (C)
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
24
EduardoEduardo
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution82
28
MamićZoran Mamić (C)
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
30
VugrinecDavor Vugrinec
Substitution27
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
Yellow Card80

Substitutes

12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
21
PoomMart Poom (GK)
11
AgićJasmin Agić
Substitution27
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution82
15
CarlosCarlos
Substitution90+1
30
AliadièreJérémie Aliadière
Substitution82
20
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution90+1
9
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
9
AndersonCosta Anderson
17
SongAlex Song
26
DrpićDino Drpić
18
CyganPascal Cygan
27
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
40
TraoréArmand Traoré

Coach

Josip Kuže (CRO) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Konstantinos Dalas (GRE), Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)

Fourth official

Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

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