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Bendtner redeems Arsenal at the death

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.39CET
Arsenal FC 1-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv
Nicklas Bendtner's late goal sent Arsenal through as they narrowly avoided a second home draw in succession and knocked Dynamo out of contention.
by Simon Hart
from Arsenal Stadium
Bendtner redeems Arsenal at the death
Nicklas Bendtner salutes the Arsenal fans at the final whistle ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArsenalDynamo Kyiv

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners7
 
2
Offsides7
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.39CET

Bendtner redeems Arsenal at the death

Arsenal FC 1-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv
Nicklas Bendtner's late goal sent Arsenal through as they narrowly avoided a second home draw in succession and knocked Dynamo out of contention.

Nicklas Bendtner's 87th-minute strike carried Arsenal FC into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a narrow 1-0 victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Direct approach
Just when the Group G leaders looked consigned to a second successive home stalemate, the substitute latched on to a long ball upfield by captain Cesc Fàbregas, held off a challenge from Pape Diakhate, and lashed the ball past Stanislav Bogush. It was an unusually direct approach from Arsène Wenger's men, who had struggled to create clear opportunities against a Dynamo side now left to fight for third place after this reverse. Things got even worse for Yuri Semin's team in the dying seconds as they lost Olexandr Aliyev to a straight red card for pushing referee Alain Hamer out of his path as he tried to take a free-kick.

Vela start
If the night ended with Bendtner the hero, it began with young Mexican attacker Carlos Vela making his first UEFA Champions League start for Arsenal and he was the architect of the game's opening chance. Collecting a Fàbregas pass out on the right, he slipped the ball between two blue shirts to pick out Aaron Ramsey's run. The teenager failed to take full advantage, however, his effort on the stretch deflecting off Diakhate and over the crossbar.

Blue blanket
Dynamo fielded two recognised forwards in Ismaël Bangoura and Artem Milevskiy but the latter was invariably found further back, forming a five-man midfield as the visitors sat deep and invited Arsenal to try and open them up. Yet Arsenal, with a narrow midfield three of Ramsey, Fàbregas and Denilson – playing ahead of the holding Alexandre Song – struggled to pick holes in the packed Dynamo defence despite a 67 per cent share of first-half possession.

Van Persie threat
Robin van Persie offered the principal goal threat, driving in a couple of wicked inswinging free-kicks – one fisted away by Dynamo goalkeeper Bogush, the other kneed over the crossbar by Mikaël Silvestre. A break down the left by Gaël Clichy almost brought a breakthrough just before the half-hour when the left-back's low cross evaded a line of blue shirts and reached Ramsey but the Welshman shot wildly over. With the interval approaching, Dynamo then nearly grabbed the lead against the run of play after a mistake by William Gallas. Recalled to the side, Arsenal's deposed captain lost the ball to Bangoura out by the touchline. The Dynamo No10 took the ball into the box but crashed it against the near post, to Gallas's undoubted relief.

Dynamo push forward
Gallas did have the ball in the Dynamo net on the stroke of half-time but was ruled offside. The Frenchman was involved again moments after the restart, albeit this time to inadvertently block a close-range Van Persie drive after the Dutchman, capitalising on a Fàbregas free-kick into the area, had seen his first attempt charged down by Milevskiy. With FC Porto leading at Fenerbahçe SK, Dynamo now needed a goal and their ambition increased accordingly, Bangoura firing wide before Aliyev sent in a shot that Manuel Almunia gathered at the second attempt.

Milevskiy denied
The atmosphere grew increasingly nervy as Dynamo's forwards played their neat triangles around the Arsenal box and with 14 minutes remaining, Almunia came to the hosts' rescue by charging down Milevskiy's shot after the striker found himself with just the Spaniard to beat. Moments earlier Wenger had sent on 16-year-old Jack Wilshere for his first UEFA Champions League appearance, but it was his other substitute Bendtner who would make the difference.

Last updated: 26/11/08 10.19CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
31
BogushStanislav Bogush (GK)
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas (C)
3
BetãoBetão
10
GallasWilliam Gallas
4
GhioaneTiberiu Ghioane (C)
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Yellow Card31
5
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
12
VelaCarlos Vela
Substitution77
8
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
Yellow Card50
Red Card89
15
DenilsonDenilson
10
BangouraIsmaël Bangoura
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution69
11
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
17
SongAlex Song
15
DiakhatéPape Diakhaté
18
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
25
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Yellow Card17
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
30
El KaddouriBadr El Kaddouri
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
32
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
Yellow Card39

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution77
2
DopilkaOleh Dopilka
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution69
Goal87
Yellow Card87
6
SabljićGoran Sabljić
40
GibbsKieran Gibbs
7
Carlos CorrêaCarlos Corrêa
41
HoyteGavin Hoyte
16
ShatskikhMaksim Shatskikh
43
MéridaFran Mérida
19
CernatFlorin Cernat
50
SimpsonJay Simpson
70
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Yuri Semin (RUS)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Francis Crelo (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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