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Arsenal hold firm to frustrate Beşiktaş

Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 23.00CET
Beşiktaş JK 0-0 Arsenal FC
Though Demba Ba hit the crossbar from the kick-off and Aaron Ramsey was sent off, Arsenal remain on track for a 17th straight group stage.
Arsenal hold firm to frustrate Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş striker Demba Ba looks to evade Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BeşiktaşArsenal

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts14
 
9
on target5
 
3
off target4
 
3
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
6
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
14

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 23.00CET

Arsenal hold firm to frustrate Beşiktaş

Beşiktaş JK 0-0 Arsenal FC
Though Demba Ba hit the crossbar from the kick-off and Aaron Ramsey was sent off, Arsenal remain on track for a 17th straight group stage.

Beşiktaş JK and Arsenal FC drew 0-0 in the opening instalment of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie in Istanbul.

• Ba hits crossbar straight from kick-off for Beşiktaş
• Arsenal aiming for 17th straight group stage
Gunners beat Fenerbahçe at same stage last term
• Ramsey sent off with ten minutes remaining
• Oxlade-Chamberlain hits post in 89th minute

Demba Ba so nearly gave Beşiktaş the most remarkable of starts, chancing his arm straight from kick-off and forcing Wojciech Szczęsny to turn onto the crossbar inside four seconds. The Gunners keeper was in more routine action after nine minutes, parrying a left-footed volley from Ba, who, on his first start for the Istanbul club, had struck a hat-trick against Feyenoord in the third qualifying round.

Summer acquisition Alexis Sánchez then came to the fore, using his pace to threaten on the counterattack and teeing up Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla but neither was able to test Tolga Zengin. Ba finished the opening period as he had started it, but this time shot just wide with only Szczęsny to beat having intercepted Calum Chambers' pass before skipping past Laurent Koscielny.

Demba Ba on 'instinctive' shot

Arsenal's French international centre-back was again turned inside out soon after the break, Olcay Şahan on this occasion the man to create space only to miss the target. Though Cazorla tested Zengin with a low free-kick in the closing quarter, Arsenal were soon on the back foot when Aaron Ramsey was shown a second yellow card.

However, Arsène Wenger's team so nearly took a potentially decisive advantage against the odds in the closing stages, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain curling a shot against the woodwork via Zengin's fingertips. The return leg is in north London next Wednesday.

Last updated: 31/05/15 1.30CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000547/match=2014202/postmatch/report/index.html#arsenal+hold+besiktas

Quotes

  • Arsène Wenger

    "We put in a confident performance but we couldn't find the final pass in the final third"

Lineups

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

arsenal

Arsenal

29
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK) (C)
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
3
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
8
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
9
BaDemba Ba
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta (C)
Substitution50
10
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
Substitution73
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
11
Mustafa PektemekMustafa Pektemek
Substitution88
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
15
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
Yellow Card77
Substitution81
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Yellow Card54
Red Card80
19
FrancoPedro Franco
17
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Substitution73
20
Necip UysalNecip Uysal
18
MonrealNacho Monreal
Yellow Card66
22
Ersan GülümErsan Gülüm
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution90
31
Ramon MottaRamon Motta
Yellow Card53
21
ChambersCalum Chambers

Substitutes

1
Cenk GönenCenk Gönen (GK)
26
MartínezEmiliano Martínez (GK)
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution90
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution73
7
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
Substitution73
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution50
Yellow Card55
21
Kerim FreiKerim Frei
Substitution81
28
CampbellJoel Campbell
23
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
Substitution88
39
BellerínHéctor Bellerín
25
Uğur BoralUğur Boral
51
MiquelIgnasi Miquel

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Legend:

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