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Flamini fires Gunners through

Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 22.50CET
Arsenal FC 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb (agg: 5-1) An injury-time winner from Mathieu Flamini helped Arsenal seal comfortable progress to the group stage.

Match statistics

ArsenalDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners9
 
2
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
25
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 22.50CET

Flamini fires Gunners through

Arsenal FC 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb (agg: 5-1) An injury-time winner from Mathieu Flamini helped Arsenal seal comfortable progress to the group stage.

Arsenal FC snatched a late winner with an injury-time goal by Mathieu Flamini as they came from behind to beat Dinamo and secure a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Dynamic Dinamo
Zagreb had already given Arsenal a few anxious moments early on in the Gunners' first European game at their new north London home before the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute. Eduardo da Silva made a promising run down the left flank and played a quick one-two with Etto, which Kolo Touré failed to cut out. Eduardo punished the error as he blasted a low left-footed shot underneath Manuel Almunia and into the far corner.

Gunners respond
Arsenal rallied swiftly and Robin van Persie went close to an equaliser with a drive from ten metres' out that defender Mario Cvitanović did well to deflect onto the crossbar and away to safety from right on the goalline. Minutes later, Dutch striker Van Persie turned Cvitanović inside out on the right-hand side of the penalty area only to be foiled by Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Turina, who also saved well from Arsenal captain Fredrik Ljungberg. Dinamo repelled everything else Arsenal could muster in the first half and they were well worth their lead at the interval.

Glaring miss
Emmanuel Adebayor should have pulled Arsenal level eight minutes after the restart when he found himself in a glorious position in space inside the box but the Togo international blasted over the bar. The equaliser eventually came in the 77th minute, with Van Persie supplying a free-kick cross which Ljungberg gratefully headed past Turina. Substitutes Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott then combined to tee up Flamini to rifle in the winner from close range in stoppage time.

Last updated: 24/08/06 10.04CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
1
TurinaIvan Turina (GK)
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
6
CvitanovićMario Cvitanović
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg (C)
Goal78
7
EttoEtto
Substitution90
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution81
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution70
11
AgićJasmin Agić
Yellow Card14
Substitution70
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card9
Goal82
15
CarlosCarlos
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Yellow Card66
20
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution89
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution56
24
EduardoEduardo
Goal12
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
26
DrpićDino Drpić
Yellow Card43
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
28
MamićZoran Mamić (C)

Substitutes

21
PoomMart Poom (GK)
12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
14
HenryThierry Henry
Substitution56
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
Substitution70
Yellow Card72
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
Substitution70
8
TomićAnte Tomić
Substitution90
32
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution81
Yellow Card82
27
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
Substitution89
17
SongAlex Song
9
AndersonCosta Anderson
18
CyganPascal Cygan
21
PandevSaško Pandev
30
AliadièreJérémie Aliadière

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Josip Kuže (CRO)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Franck Leloup (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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