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Dinamo defeat Arsenal to end 16-year wait

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.50CET
Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal
A goal in either half from Josip Pivarić and Junior Fernandes proved enough to earn Dinamo their first group stage win since 1999.
by Vjekoslav Paun
from Stadion Maksimir
Dinamo defeat Arsenal to end 16-year wait
Dinamo Zagreb had not won a group stage game since 1999 ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebArsenal

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts14
 
12
on target4
 
5
off target5
 
4
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners2
 
7
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
13
Passes349
 
514
completed291
 
452

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.50CET

Dinamo defeat Arsenal to end 16-year wait

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal
A goal in either half from Josip Pivarić and Junior Fernandes proved enough to earn Dinamo their first group stage win since 1999.

  • Dinamo Zagreb beat Arsenal 2-1, ending a run of 15 group stage games without a win
  • First victory since 1999 courtesy of goals from Josip Pivarić and Junior Fernandes
  • Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud sent off after 40 minutes
  • Theo Walcott halves Arsenal's arrears with 11 minutes remaining
  • Next games: Arsenal v Olympiacos, Bayern München v Dinamo Zagreb (29 September)

Dinamo Zagreb ended their 16-year wait for a group stage win with a 2-1 defeat of Arsenal in the Croatian capital.

Zoran Mamić's team may have headed into the game unbeaten in 41 matches in all competitions, a run dating back to November 2014, but this was a mighty surprise nonetheless.

Arsenal started their 18th successive group stage campaign well enough, Giroud the primary threat for much of the first quarter – his bullet header was superbly saved by Eduardo and his deflected effort from close range then struck a post – but the visitors' superiority in possession resulted in only a handful of clear-cut chances.

Dinamo looked well set to counter even when on the back foot and it was not entirely unexpected when they went in front. Pivarić's run forward from left-back was expertly picked out by El Arabi Hilal Soudani and though David Ospina thwarted his initial effort, the ball ricocheted in.

Giroud's dismissal five minutes prior to the interval only served to compound Arsène Wenger's problems. Indeed half-time looked to have come at the right time. Just two minutes after the break, however, Soudani was denied by the woodwork when Arsenal failed to clear a corner.

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Arsenal now have their work cut out

They did not learn their lesson.

With just shy of an hour on the clock, Paulo Machado whipped in a corner from the left, Junior Fernandes shrugged off his marker and headed past Ospina.

Walcott, off the bench, gave the Gunners hope when he latched onto Alexis Sánchez's pass and slid past Eduardo. It was not enough, though; the Gunners' upcoming double-header with Bayern München looms larger than ever.

Walcott: Sending off costly

Man of the match: Junior Fernandes
Defensively key throughout, Fernandes capped off a performance that was full of energy with what proved to be the decisive goal – and what a header it was.

Giroud in focus
The French international has struggled in some quarters this season and once again failed to make his mark here. Though a threat, his frustration was typified by his dismissal.

On another day
This was a fine performance from Dinamo – that cannot be emphasised enough – but they may be made to pay for missed chances on another day. Arsenal would have been dead and buried had Soudani scored – as he should – just after half-time.

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Last updated: 23/11/15 12.05CET

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Lineups

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

arsenal

Arsenal

34
EduardoEduardo (GK)
13
OspinaDavid Ospina (GK)
2
SoudaniEl Arabi Hilal Soudani
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
6
Ivo PintoIvo Pinto
Yellow Card65
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
Substitution65
8
AntolićDomagoj Antolić (C)
Yellow Card47
Substitution82
5
GabrielGabriel
10
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
11
FernandesJunior Fernandes
Goal58
Substitution74
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta (C)
Substitution64
16
AdemiArijan Ademi
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
19
PivarićJosip Pivarić
Goal24
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Yellow Card23
Red Card40
20
PjacaMarko Pjaca
Substitution88
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution65
22
SigaliLeonardo Sigali
17
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
87
TaravelJérémy Taravel
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla

Substitutes

1
JežinaAntonijo Ježina (GK)
33
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
9
HenríquezÁngelo Henríquez
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution65
Goal79
15
Ar. HodžićArmin Hodžić
18
MonrealNacho Monreal
24
ĆorićAnte Ćorić
Substitution74
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
26
BenkovićFilip Benković
Substitution88
21
ChambersCalum Chambers
30
RogMarko Rog
Substitution82
Yellow Card90
28
CampbellJoel Campbell
Substitution65
Yellow Card87
77
MăţelAlexandru Măţel
34
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Substitution64

Coach

Zoran Mamić (CRO) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

Legend:

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