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Arsenal spoil Hamburg return

Published: Thursday 14 September 2006, 0.50CET
Hamburger SV 1-2 Arsenal FC
Gilberto and Tomáš Rosický were on target as Arsenal beat ten-man Hamburg to start Group G with a win.
by Andreas Alf
from Arena Hamburg

Match statistics

HamburgArsenal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target9
 
7
Corners6
 
4
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
8
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 14 September 2006, 0.50CET

Arsenal spoil Hamburg return

Hamburger SV 1-2 Arsenal FC
Gilberto and Tomáš Rosický were on target as Arsenal beat ten-man Hamburg to start Group G with a win.

Arsenal FC made a steady start in their bid to improve on last season's UEFA Champions League final appearance with a 2-1 victory against ten-man Hamburger SV in Germany.

Late consolation
Back in the competition after a six-year absence, the home side got off to the worst possible opening in this Group G encounter when goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein was dismissed on eleven minutes after he was adjudged to have brought down Robin van Persie. Gilberto stepped up to slot in from the spot and Tomáš Rosický doubled the lead ten minutes after the restart. Boubacar Sanogo got a late consolation, however, as Jens Lehmann conceded a UEFA Champions League goal for the first time in 853 minutes.

Wicky thrust
Coming into the match on the back of disappointing league performances, both teams began cautiously until the unlikely figure of Raphael Wicky showed some attacking intent. Twice inside the opening ten minutes the defensive midfielder advanced up the left wing but Hamburg's forward line of Sanogo and Daniel Ljuboja failed to make the most of promising positions.

Debut disappointment
They were soon made to pay as Thomas Doll's side were reduced to ten men when Van Persie ghosted behind the home defence and won a penalty under pressure from Kirschstein. The Hamburg keeper's first UEFA Champions League appearance duly ended as the referee produced a red card. Understudy Stefan Wächter was introduced but could do nothing to keep out Gilberto's fine spot-kick.

Hamburg response
It was a sizable setback for the Bundesliga outfit and Arsenal began to take a grip on proceedings. Van Persie could have added a second within a minute after a fine through-ball from Rosický but Wächter smothered at his feet. It was not all one-way traffic, however. Just after the half-hour a splendid corner from Piotr Trochowski, playing in place of the injured Rafael van der Vaart, was met by the head of Vincent Kompany but his effort drifted wide. Lehmann was tested before the interval, doing well to parry Ljuboja's strike.

Rosický brilliance
Doll shuffled his pack at half-time, adopting a three-man defence as Hamburg looked to commit more men forward. Arsenal's young side were untroubled, though, and enhanced their advantage ten minutes after the restart. Back on German turf following his summer move from BV Borussia Dortmund, Rosický was a threat all evening and notched his first goal for the Premiership team with a brilliant long-range shot that arrowed into the top-left corner.

Midfield strength
It was the Czech Republic captain's first UEFA Champions League strike since his effort against Arsenal in October 2002 and marked the start of a period of dominance by the visitors. Rosický, Gilberto, Cesc Fabregas and Aleksandr Hleb were finding their rhythm and took control of midfield but Sanogo ensured a lively finish, making it 2-1 moments after having another attempt ruled out for offside. Arsenal now face FC Porto at home on 26 September when Hamburg travel to PFC CSKA Moskva.

Last updated: 14/09/06 9.17CET

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Lineups

hamburg

Hamburg

arsenal

Arsenal

12
KirschsteinSascha Kirschstein (GK)
Red Card10
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
4
ReinhardtBastian Reinhardt
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
Substitution29
6
WickyRaphael Wicky
Substitution12
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Goal53
10
KompanyVincent Kompany
10
GallasWilliam Gallas
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím (C)
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution70
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution70
17
SanogoBoubacar Sanogo
Goal90+1
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva (C)
Goal12
20
DemelGuy Demel
Substitution54
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
28
N. De JongNigel de Jong
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
38
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution82
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué

Substitutes

1
WächterStefan Wächter (GK)
Substitution12
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
7
MahdavikiaMehdi Mahdavikia
Substitution54
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
9
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution82
9
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution70
13
FillingerMario Fillinger
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution70
22
BerishaBesart Berisha
17
SongAlex Song
27
LaasAlexander Laas
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
Substitution29
30
BenjaminCollin Benjamin
32
WalcottTheo Walcott

Coach

Thomas Doll (GER) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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