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Matheus strikes twice as Braga down Arsenal

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.38CET
SC Braga 2-0 Arsenal FC
Two late Matheus goals kept the hosts' chances alive and left Arsène Wenger's side needing a win on Matchday 6 to ensure qualification.
by Andy Brassell

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BragaArsenal

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners2
 
4
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed24
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.38CET

Matheus strikes twice as Braga down Arsenal

SC Braga 2-0 Arsenal FC
Two late Matheus goals kept the hosts' chances alive and left Arsène Wenger's side needing a win on Matchday 6 to ensure qualification.

SC Braga kept their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage alive in their debut season in the competition with a late victory against Arsenal FC.

Matheus struck twice in the last ten minutes to send Arsène Wenger's side into their final match at home against FK Partizan needing a win to make sure of an 11th successive qualification for the last 16. Domingos Paciência's men, meanwhile, will travel to the Donbass Arena to meet FC Shakhtar Donetsk still holding a glimmer of hope.

Arsenal started strongly, eager to put recent domestic jitters behind them, with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere both making runs behind the defence to produce excellent crosses in the opening five minutes. Yet the home side were in no mood to roll over, desperate to improve on their 6-0 defeat in London on their UEFA Champions League debut.

In the eighth minute Moisés found space from Luis Aguiar's dead-ball delivery, but could not keep his header down. A far more cagey battle was developing than on Matchday 1. Arsenal dominated possession but offered little in the way of penetration, though Felipe was forced to tip over Cesc Fàbregas's curling free-kick.

The action heated up in the 34th minute. First, Felipe sped out of his goal to bravely smother at the feet of Walcott, then Braga broke and Lima was a whisker from opening the scoring, bending a shot just wide from outside the penalty area.

Still the Gunners threatened, and the dangerous Walcott dragged a cross-shot wide as half-time approached. The England international again led his side forward as the second period began, hitting a free-kick that brushed the roof of the net.

With Shakhtar leading against Partizan, Braga needed to win to stay in contention and began to throw caution to the wind. Arsenal were finding space and only Moisés' lunging interception prevented Nicklas Bendtner giving the away side a 71st-minute lead.

However, there was a twist in the tale, as Matheus sped onto Elton's 83rd-minute pass. He pulled the ball onto his left foot and coolly placed it past Lukasz Fabiański to send the home fans wild. Braga were holding on, but Matheus then added a second in added time, racing clear from halfway and smashing in a splendid shot off the crossbar after holding off a posse of three Arsenal defenders.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.20CET

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Lineups

braga

Braga

arsenal

Arsenal

84
FelipeFelipe (GK)
21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas (C)
Substitution69
5
MoisésMoisés
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Yellow Card84
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Yellow Card78
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution77
18
LimaLima
Substitution81
15
DenilsonDenilson
Yellow Card70
20
EldersonElderson
18
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
22
AguiarLuis Aguiar
Yellow Card55
Substitution80
19
WilshereJack Wilshere
25
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Yellow Card74
30
AlanAlan
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Yellow Card38
88
VandinhoVandinho (C)
Substitution90
28
GibbsKieran Gibbs
99
MatheusMatheus
Goal83
Goal90+3
52
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
Substitution74

Substitutes

1
ArturArtur (GK)
53
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
8
MossoróMossoró
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
Substitution80
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
28
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution69
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution90
11
VelaCarlos Vela
Substitution77
Yellow Card77
48
Aníbal CapelaAníbal Capela
17
SongAlex Song
85
EltonElton
Substitution81
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
Substitution74

Coach

Domingos Paciência (POR) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Sandor Szabo (HUN)

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