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Sánchez sends Arsenal through

Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 22.41CET
Arsenal FC 1-0 Beşiktaş JK (agg: 1-0)
Alexis Sánchez scored his first goal for Arsenal to fire his side into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League at Beşiktaş's expense.
by Michael Harrold
from Arsenal Stadium
Sánchez sends Arsenal through
Arsenal match winner Alexis Sánchez takes the plaudits from Santi Cazorla ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArsenalBeşiktaş

Goals scored1
 
0
Total attempts14
 
6
on target4
 
0
off target6
 
2
blocked4
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
0
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards4
 
6
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
14

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 22.41CET

Sánchez sends Arsenal through

Arsenal FC 1-0 Beşiktaş JK (agg: 1-0)
Alexis Sánchez scored his first goal for Arsenal to fire his side into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League at Beşiktaş's expense.

Arsenal FC reach UEFA Champions League group stage for 17th successive season
Alexis Sánchez scores first goal for Arsenal with virtually last kick of first half
Gunners full-back Mathieu Debuchy is sent off on 76 minutes
Beşiktaş step up pressure in second half, but Arsenal hold firm
Istanbul side enter UEFA Europa League having last played in competition in 2011/12

Alexis Sánchez's goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to decide a tightly contested UEFA Champions League play-off and send Arsenal into the group stage at Beşiktaş's expense with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

With so much at stake after a goalless first leg in Istanbul, both teams began cautiously and there were few clear-cut opportunities. Arsenal's first arrived in the ninth minute when Jack Wilshere burst into the area, only to shoot wide. With Olivier Giroud injured, Sánchez started in the central striker's role yet struggled to make an impact early on, coming closest with a 24th-minute free-kick which Tolga Zengin in the Beşiktaş goal gathered comfortably.

Beşiktaş, meanwhile, were menacing on the break, Mustafa Pektemek, Olcay Şahan and Demba Ba keeping the Arsenal defence alert and home fans on the edge of their seats. Sánchez had threatened from a tight angle on 42 minutes, then moments before half-time the Chilean got his first Gunners goal since his summer move from FC Barcelona. After neat passing between Mesut Özil and Wilshere on the edge of the box, the England international touched Özil's pass on to Sánchez who fired in low from ten metres.

Arsenal picked up where they had left off after the restart, Sánchez forcing Tolga into an excellent stop on 53 minutes. After a cagey opening the game was opening up and Debuchy did well to steal the ball from Ba as Beşiktaş pressed, before heading narrowly wide at the other end as Arsenal looked to double their lead. With 16 minutes to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed a glorious close-range chance to make the tie safe, and when Debuchy was dismissed for a second yellow card soon after, Arsenal were under pressure. They held on, though, to reach the group stage once again.

Last updated: 30/05/15 6.58CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
Yellow Card87
29
Tolga ZenginTolga Zengin (GK) (C)
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
Yellow Card14
Red Card75
3
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker (C)
8
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
Yellow Card23
Substitution77
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
9
BaDemba Ba
10
WilshereJack Wilshere
10
Olcay ŞahanOlcay Şahan
Substitution63
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution77
11
Mustafa PektemekMustafa Pektemek
Substitution87
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
Yellow Card80
17
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Goal45+1
15
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
Yellow Card33
18
MonrealNacho Monreal
19
FrancoPedro Franco
Yellow Card59
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
22
Ersan GülümErsan Gülüm
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
31
Ramon MottaRamon Motta

Substitutes

26
MartínezEmiliano Martínez (GK)
1
Cenk GönenCenk Gönen (GK)
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
9
PodolskiLukas Podolski
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
21
ChambersCalum Chambers
Yellow Card77
Substitution77
7
Gökhan TöreGökhan Töre
Substitution63
Yellow Card90
22
SanogoYaya Sanogo
20
Necip UysalNecip Uysal
Substitution77
Yellow Card85
28
CampbellJoel Campbell
21
Kerim FreiKerim Frei
34
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
23
Cenk TosunCenk Tosun
Substitution87

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Nikola Jurcevic (CRO)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Paulo Soares (POR)

Fourth official

Antonio Godinho (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Hugo Miguel (POR), João Capela (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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