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Superb Schalke end Arsenal home run

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 22.50CET
Arsenal FC 0-2 FC Schalke 04
Late goals by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay made Schalke the first foreign side to win at the Arsenal Stadium and took them top of Group B.
by Jeremy Inson
from Arsenal Stadium

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ArsenalSchalke

Goals scored0
2
on target1
 
3
off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
3
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

Standings

Last updated: 26/12/2012 17:54 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 22.50CET

Superb Schalke end Arsenal home run

Arsenal FC 0-2 FC Schalke 04
Late goals by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay made Schalke the first foreign side to win at the Arsenal Stadium and took them top of Group B.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay scored in the final 14 minutes as FC Schalke 04 became the first foreign visitors to win at the Arsenal Stadium, climbing above Arsenal FC and to the top of UEFA Champions League Group B.

The home side had won their first two games in this season's competition and were unbeaten in 16 European matches in north London; indeed, the last time they had lost to non-English opposition at home was September 2003. Schalke, however, produced a vibrant display that finally got its reward when Huntelaar fired in with 14 minutes left. Ten minutes later Afellay tapped in a clinching second to give the German club a first victory in England at the sixth attempt.

The teams' only previous encounters came in the 2001/02 first group stage when each won their home game and both began brightly here. Arsenal were the first to threaten as Lukas Podolski's low cross was turned wide by Gervinho and, though the Bundesliga outfit kept their shape impressively, Santi Cazorla then went close, his shot deflecting wide for a corner.

Schalke were not without some menace of their own, Huntelaar heading wide and then rifling past the post when unmarked eight metres out after Roman Neustädter's long pass had given Atsuto Uchida the opportunity to pick out the Netherlands striker. Huub Stevens's men continued to push for a breakthrough as the second half started, Jefferson Farfán escaping down the right and finding Benedikt Höwedes with a low centre, but the defender fired over.

Farfán continued to trouble the Arsenal rearguard down Schalke's right flank, while Gervinho was the Gunners' main outlet. Whenever the Ivorian managed to work a glimpse of goal, however, the visiting defenders were quick to swarm around him and snuff out any shooting chance.

That discipline and tireless effort brought its reward at the other end in the 76th minute. Arsenal were unable to clear their lines and Afellay made them pay, nodding through for Huntelaar to beat Vito Mannone with a low strike.

With Arsenal forced to push forward, Schalke caught them out again with four minutes remaining to make sure of a memorable win. Farfán once more skipped away down the right and his measured low cross left Afellay with a tap-in at the far post. Schalke therefore move onto seven points, one more than their opponents, who will seek to turn the tables when the teams meet again in Gelsenkirchen on matchday four.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.28CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000347/match=2009522/postmatch/report/index.html#schalke+arsenal

Quotes

  • Huub Stevens

    "Arsenal remain favourites to win this group, especially when they have all their players back"

  • Steve Bould

    "It's not what we want, it's not what we're accustomed to. We're used to creating lots of chances. Maybe we've lost momentum"

Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

schalke

Schalke

24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
Yellow Card15
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution65
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Yellow Card48
11
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Yellow Card14
Goal86
9
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution83
12
HögerMarco Höger
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
11
André SantosAndré Santos
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Yellow Card70
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
22
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal76
Substitution88
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
Substitution83
32
MatipJoel Matip
27
GervinhoGervinho
Yellow Card71
Substitution76
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter

Substitutes

60
SheaJames Shea (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
Substitution88
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Substitution76
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Substitution46
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
27
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution65
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution83
28
MoritzChristoph Moritz
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
47
GnabrySerge Gnabry
Substitution83
35
KolasinacSead Kolasinac

Coach

Steve Bould (ENG) Huub Stevens (NED)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Stefan Wittberg (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

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