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Arsenal fightback flattens Standard

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.52CET
R. Standard de Liège 2-3 Arsenal FC
The Gunners struck twice late on to deny Standard a win on their group-stage debut, Eduardo scoring the decisive 81st-minute goal.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Maurice Dufrasne

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Match statistics

StandardArsenal

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
10
Attempts off target0
3
Corners4
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Matches

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A JuventusJuventus
1 - 1
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1 - 0
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E LiverpoolLiverpool
1 - 0
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1 - 0
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1 - 1
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2 - 0
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2 - 3
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1 - 0
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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.52CET

Arsenal fightback flattens Standard

R. Standard de Liège 2-3 Arsenal FC
The Gunners struck twice late on to deny Standard a win on their group-stage debut, Eduardo scoring the decisive 81st-minute goal.

Arsenal FC scored two late goals to prevent R. Standard de Liège from crowning their first UEFA Champions League group-stage appearance with a memorable win, the Gunners plundering a dramatic 3-2 victory in Belgium.

Previous meeting
The English hosts inflicted Standard's heaviest ever European defeat back in 1993, triumphing 7-0 at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, but it was the hosts who threatened to run up the score this time around, centre-back Eliaquim Mangala finding the net with little more than a minute gone and Milan Jovanović following up with a spot-kick moments later. Arsenal failed to stir until Nicklas Bendtner's strike late in the first half, but they equalised through Thomas Vermaelen eleven minutes from time and claimed maximum points with an Eduardo strike two minutes later.

Stunning start
Standard's supporters greeted their start to life in Europe's premier club competition with a wild crescendo of noise, and their heroes more than responded in kind, stunning Arsenal with a goal inside two minutes. Manuel Almunia's chest infection combined with Łukasz Fabiański's pre-season injury meant Arsène Wenger was obliged to hand third-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone the gloves and, making his own debut at this level, the Italian was beaten at his near post by a low Mangala effort from the edge of the area after Eduardo had failed to clear a corner.

Jovanović strike
Mannone's whirlwind introduction to the competition was not over yet either, as just three minutes later he was again picking the ball out of his net. This time William Gallas brought down Jovanović and the Serbian winger picked himself up to rifle in the resultant penalty. Despite their European pedigree, Arsenal were the side more resembling naïve newcomers and, when they were not losing possession unnecessarily, their attempts to rally ran aground against some disciplined and energetic football from the hosts.

Bendtner goal
With Les Rouches increasingly content to play on the break, however, the visitors were at least able to enjoy the greater possession, and they eventually made telling use with their first genuine chance on the stroke of half-time, Bendtner sweeping a shot through goalkeeper Sinan Bolat's legs and inside the far post after running on to Abou Diaby's intelligent pass. Any suggestion that László Bölöni's troops would now crumble was quickly dismissed seconds after the restart, though, Gaël Clichy doing well to block as Dieudonné Mbokani pulled the trigger in front of goal.

Late goals
As time ebbed away, Standard nonetheless began to let Arsenal approach almost at their leisure again, a strategy that seemed destined to bear fruit as long-range shots from substitute Aaron Ramsey and captain Cesc Fàbregas found Bolat perfectly able to cope. Just as it seemed the visitors would leave empty-handed, however, Vermaelen bundled the ball over the line from point-blank range after a scramble in the area following a Fàbregas free-kick. Arsenal's winner was no prettier, Eduardo registering at close distance from a corner, but the result was all that mattered as they opened Group H with a win.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.36CET

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Lineups

standard liège

Standard Liège

arsenal

Arsenal

38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
Yellow Card44
24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
4
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
7
DalmatWilfried Dalmat
Substitution80
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas (C)
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Goal77
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo (C)
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution70
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
9
EduardoEduardo
Goal81
Substitution86
19
SarrMohamed Sarr
10
GallasWilliam Gallas
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Goal3
17
SongAlex Song
23
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Goal5
Substitution59
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Yellow Card34
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Yellow Card67
Substitution84
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution78
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
52
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Goal45

Substitutes

1
Van HoutKristof Van Hout (GK)
53
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
Substitution80
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
Substitution78
5
FelipeFelipe
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution70
11
DuferGrégory Dufer
18
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
14
MulemoLandry Mulemo
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution86
20
TraoreMoussa Traore
Substitution84
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
26
NicaiseBenjamin Nicaise
Substitution59
Yellow Card76
54
WattSanchez Watt

Coach

László Bölöni (ROU) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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