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Point in Prague seals Arsenal progress

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.30CET
SK Slavia Praha 0-0 Arsenal FC
Slavia held Arsenal in check but a share of the spoils was all the visitors needed to advance from Group H.
by Gavin Jackson
from Evzena Rošického Stadium

Match statistics

Slavia PrahaArsenal

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners3
 
6
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed27
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.30CET

Point in Prague seals Arsenal progress

SK Slavia Praha 0-0 Arsenal FC
Slavia held Arsenal in check but a share of the spoils was all the visitors needed to advance from Group H.

Arsenal FC secured their place in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round, but were fortunate to claim a point with a goalless draw at SK Slavia Praha as goalkeeper Manuel Almunia twice denied the Czech side revenge for their 7-0 thrashing on Matchday 3.

Fresh approach
Slavia coach Karel Jarolím had urged his team to be tougher in one-on-one situations than they had been a fortnight previously against the Group H leaders, and from the way his players snapped busily at their opponents early on, it was evident the message had been received. Abou Diaby – one of seven changes to Arsenal's starting lineup from the clubs' London encounter – was the only man able to escape the shackles as he roamed forward promisingly from midfield.

Wasted opportunity
With their defence keeping Arsenal at arm's length, Slavia's confidence slowly grew and this should have resulted in them taking a shock lead with 14 minutes on the clock after Zdeněk Šenkeřík's persistence had earned the hosts a corner. Daniel Pudil's pacy delivery left the Arsenal rearguard static, but having escaped the attentions of Alexandre Song, Slavia midfielder Mickaël Tavares was unable to keep his header down.

Intermittent threat
The threat from Arsenal – spearheaded by Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo da Silva as Emmanuel Adebayor dropped to the bench – was intermittent as Diaby's influence faded. Slavia found that their own brand of passing football could stretch the Premier League pacesetters and a swift move down the left, involving Vladimír Šmicer and the tireless Šenkeřík, saw a Tavares shot blocked on 35 minutes.

Almunia saves
Barely 60 seconds later, Šenkeřík, who was proving to be a tailor-made replacement for the Prague outfit's injured top scorer Stanislav Vlček, almost took advantage when William Gallas slipped on the rain-sodden surface; however, Almunia produced a flying stop to tip over the Slavia forward's fiercely struck effort.

In the mood
A half-time downpour did little to dampen the now buoyant atmosphere inside the sold-out Evžena Rošického Stadium, nor could it diminish Slavia's determination when they returned to the pitch. Šmicer, leading the side on his first appearance in this season's group stage, whipped in a menacing cross which required a solid defensive header from Lassana Diarra three minutes after the restart.

Penalty appeal
Diarra was involved again two minutes later when Slavia felt they were denied a penalty. Matej Krajčík made a penetrating burst down the right before feeding the onrushing Šmicer. The 2005 UEFA Champions League winner was unable to control the ball but deflected it into the path of Šenkeřík. As the Slavia striker appeared poised to shoot, he was clumsily barged into by Diarra yet referee Bertrand Layec waved away Slavia's appeals.

Courageous block
Krajčík was also the architect of Slavia's most dangerous move of the game 15 minutes from time when his pinpoint pass found Šenkeřík surging past Gallas, yet Almunia again came to Arsenal's rescue with a courageous block. Arsène Wenger's men could have broken the deadlock themselves late on through Adebayor but the substitute's header was comfortably gathered by Slavia keeper Michal Vorel.

Last updated: 08/11/07 10.47CET

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Lineups

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Slavia Praha

arsenal

Arsenal

1
VorelMichal Vorel (GK)
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
2
TavaresMickaël Tavares
Yellow Card41
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
3
BrabecErich Brabec
8
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Yellow Card52
4
HubáčekDavid Hubáček
9
EduardoEduardo
Substitution81
5
ŠvecMichal Švec
Yellow Card47
10
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
11
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer (C)
Substitution64
15
DenilsonDenilson
Yellow Card82
12
DříždalFrantišek Dříždal
17
SongAlex Song
14
ŠenkeříkZdeněk Šenkeřík
Substitution77
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
16
PudilDaniel Pudil
Yellow Card84
Substitution90
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution77
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Yellow Card72
32
WalcottTheo Walcott

Substitutes

28
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
10
GauchoGaucho
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
13
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
20
IvanaMilan Ivana
Substitution77
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution77
21
BelaidTijani Belaid
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution81
25
KalivodaDavid Kalivoda
Substitution64
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
26
JablonskýTomáš Jablonský
Substitution90
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte

Coach

Karel Jarolím (CZE) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christian Thoison (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Said Ennjimi (FRA)

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