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Bendtner leads Arsenal stroll

Published: Tuesday 9 March 2010, 22.30CET
Arsenal FC 5-0 FC Porto (agg: 6-2)
Nicklas Bendtner's hat-trick set the London club on their way, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboué completing a fine victory.

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Match statistics

ArsenalPorto

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners9
 
8
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
25
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 9 March 2010, 22.30CET

Bendtner leads Arsenal stroll

Arsenal FC 5-0 FC Porto (agg: 6-2)
Nicklas Bendtner's hat-trick set the London club on their way, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboué completing a fine victory.

A Nicklas Bendtner hat-trick propelled a dominant Arsenal FC side into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as they overwhelmed FC Porto in north London.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Portugal, history was against Arsène Wenger's team, who had overturned a deficit at home only once before in UEFA competition – and that in 1978/79. Bendtner's tenth-minute goal helped settle any nerves, however, and he added a second from close range 15 minutes later, Andrey Arshavin playing a key role in both goals. Samir Nasri's brilliant solo strike in the 63rd minute and a cool finish on the break from substitute Emmanuel Eboué put the result beyond doubt before Bendtner completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot with the final kick of the match.

Arsenal were on the attack from the outset and were quickly rewarded. Nasri's inviting pass sent Arshavin scampering through and, though he was denied by Fucile's tackle with Porto goalkeeper Helton also in close attendance, the ball ran free for Bendtner to pop up among three defenders and prod into an empty net. Arshavin, who had earlier had a header saved by Helton, then continued an inspired display by conjuring up Arsenal's second.

Once more Fucile was inadvertently involved, his weak clearance going straight to the feet of Arsenal's Russian playmaker, who promptly dribbled past two defenders before squaring to give Bendtner the simplest of tap-ins. Porto remained a threat, notably with Hulk's incursions from the right and Falcao's presence in the centre. But the momentum was with the home side, who could easily have had a third when Nasri got behind the Porto defence and found Arshavin who could only balloon over the bar.

Bendtner and Abou Diaby forced sharp saves from Helton as Arsenal looked to end the contest before the interval. Porto may have been glad to hear the half-time whistle, but they re-emerged in more determined fashion, with Cristián Rodríguez replacing Nuno Coelho in the middle. The substitute wasted little time getting involved, his low cross setting up Falcao for a shot which Manuel Almunia only gathered at the second attempt.

Beaten on all bar two of their 15 visits to England, Porto were nevertheless threatening a comeback and it needed Nasri's goal line clearance to keep out Rodríguez's glancing header from a corner. Instead, Arsenal settled the game and the tie with two quick goals. Few this season will match Nasri's strike, the midfielder twisting and turning past three Porto players before slamming a shot in off the far post from a tight angle. Three minutes later, Arshavin completed a hat-trick of assists, galloping away on the break following a Porto corner and feeding Eboué, who rounded Helton before steering in.

The goals ended any lingering Porto hopes but the Gunners continued to pour forward, Bendtner narrowly missing out on a hat-trick when he met Bacary Sagna's cross with a powerful header that flew just wide. The Dane made no mistake a minute into added time, however, slotting in his spot-kick after Eboué had been brought down to complete Arsenal's night and equal Porto's record margin of defeat in Europe.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.41CET

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Quotes

  • Arsène Wenger

    Read more"I don't know [about the quarter-finals] but have a funny feeling that it would be good for us to play an English team"

  • Jesualdo Ferreira

    Read more"The result looks harsh given how the game developed; they took advantage of almost all their chances"

At a glance

What happened
Nicklas Bendtner scored twice early on to turn the tie around, further strikes from Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Eboué and Bendtner sealing a stylish win.

Key moment
Having not overturned a first-leg deficit in Europe since 1978/79, Bendtner's instinctive finish in the tenth minute was crucial in settling any early Arsenal nerves. 

Numbers game
The five-goal margin equalled Porto's heaviest defeat in UEFA competition and means they have lost on all bar two of their 16 visits to England.

One on one
Andrey Arshavin tormented Fucile down the Arsenal left, having a hand in three of the goals with his dribble past two players to set up Bendtner's second the pick.

Crowd pleaser
Samir Nasri's exquisite goal, the midfielder taking up the creative mantle in the absence of Cesc Fàbregas by dribbling past three defenders to slam in Arsenal's third.

What it means
Arsenal go into the quarter-finals for the third year running and await the draw in Nyon on 19 March. Third in the Liga, Porto will aim to be back next season.

Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

porto

Porto

1
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK) (C)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves (C)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Yellow Card38
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Yellow Card24
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution57
12
HulkHulk
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Goal63
Substitution73
13
FucileJorge Fucile
Yellow Card90
17
SongAlex Song
14
RolandoRolando
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
15
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card59
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution77
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution76
31
CampbellSol Campbell
18
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
Substitution46
52
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Goal10
Goal25
Yellow Card44
Goal90+1
28
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution76

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
33
NunoNuno (GK)
9
EduardoEduardo
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution76
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution77
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
15
DenilsonDenilson
Substitution73
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution46
18
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
11
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
Substitution76
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution57
Goal66
16
MaiconMaicon
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
22
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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