UEFA Champions League

November 5, 2003

Full-time

Arsenal

1 - 0

Dynamo Kiev

Group B

19:45 +00:00, November 5, 2003

Highbury, England

Referee: Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista

  • 90'

    Kiev came to London with a plan to frustrate the home side with numbers at the back and hit Arsenal on the break when they could - and it almost worked. Arsenal were looking desperate towards the end and both teams had chances in an entertaining second half. But a rare goal from Ashley goal won it for the Londoners at the death to put them back in the race for qualification to the second phase. It was perhaps harsh on the Ukrainians who defended with tenacity and looked like they could cause pro

  • 90'

    A hopeful punt forward from Kiev is their last play of the match and as Arsenal take the ball clear the whistle goes to signal Arsenal's first win in Europe for over a year.

  • 90'

    Cole once more finds himself forward as he and Pires exchange passes trying to run down the clock but a Pires foul gives back possession

  • 89'

    Arsenal continue to attack, driven by Edu who has come on for Bergkamp, as three minutes of added time is announced

  • 87'

    Substitute Wiltord chips a ball into the box aimed at Henry who gets a touch to continue the balls route on to the diving head of Ashley Cole who diverts the ball past Shovkovsky to finally break the deadlock. 1-0

  • 85'

    Arsenal find a way in but a sensational sliding tackle from Leko denies Toure at the last moment. The ball is cleared out only as far as Bergkamp who hits a firm shot from 20 yards only to see the keeper acrobatically claw it away

  • 84'

    It's kitchen sink time as Arsenal are throwing men forward and Cole finds himself in the box but unable to divert a Brgkamp pass on to Henry

  • 82'

    Dynamo invite Arsenal onto them, not for the first time, and sharp passing between Pires, Kanu and Bergkamp produces nothing but a muted appeal for a penalty that the referee ignores correctly

  • 81'

    Kiev waste possession by shooting from a full 40 yards - missing the goal by a similar distance

  • 80'

    Henry is back deep to help out the defence fend off a Kiev attack as the game begins to take on a nervous, frantic edge

  • 79'

    A quick free-kick from well inside Arsenal's half catches Kiev light at the back but as Pires drives to the touchline he is unable to keep the ball in play bringing a goal-kick for the away side

  • 78'

    Cole twists and turns on the left wing and almost forces a way through to goal but he lets the ball run away from him and Shokovsky is quickly out to thwart him

  • 77'

    A snatched shot from Henry outside the area dead centre fails to find its target

  • 76'

    Clean passing from Arsenal in midfield is yet again in vain as seemingly the whole Dynamo team makes a useful barrier

  • 75'

    Parlour goes off, his place to be taken by Kanu

  • 73'

    Bergkamp, after giving the ball away cheaply, gets it back and tries to play in Henry but too much weight is placed on the pass and it runs away from the striker

  • 71'

    Parlour is the latest Arsenal player to be guilty of trying to over elaborate with the final ball and Kiev clear

  • 71'

    Arsenal attack down the left again through Cole and Pires and quick passing is broken down by the Ukranians who are back in numbers

  • 69'

    Kiev make the last of their changes as striker Shatskikh is replaced by Nanni

  • 68'

    Wiltord is introduced to the game and it is Ljungberg, who has looked lively through the whole match, who makes way. Fedorov returns at the same time

  • 67'

    Fedorov is sidelined while being treated for a head injury so Dynamo are temporarily down to ten men

  • 66'

    Tackles fly in around the centre circle as possession is swapped from side to side

  • 65'

    The tempo of the game has taken a step up and chances are now being created at both ends

  • 63'

    kiev go up the other end and carve out half-a-chance of their own but an even weaker shot is held by Lehmann

  • 62'

    Arsenal continue to press and Henry looks to be bundled in the box but nothing is given as the ball eventually finds Parlour on the right hand edge of the box. He shoots tamely and the ball is cleared

  • 61'

    An Arsenal break sees Bergkamp try to chip the last defender and there is a claim for handball as he deflects it. Advantage is played as Bergkamp retains possession but nothing comes

  • 60'

    A corner from Dynamo is flicked on dangerously but it is a red shirt that meets it

  • 59'

    After his miss, Husyev leaves the field and is replaced by Rincon

  • 57'

    In a minute the two teams exchange glaring misses. Pires, in space, has a free header from 8 yards but contrives to put it wide when it looked easier to score. Then Kiev go straight up the other end and, as defenders committ themselves, Husyev gets a clear sight of goal but puts the ball wide.

  • 56'

    Kiev begin to make inroads. First Ghioane delays a pass to a free team-mate, then Shatskikh goes close after clever build up play carves open Arsenal's defence

  • 54'

    A Kiev attack breaks down giving Parlour the chance to break and play a ball forward for Henry to chanse but it is in vain

  • 53'

    Foul throw awarded against Kiev for sneaking forward a huge distance gives Arsenal a chance to attack but Shovkovsky claims the resulting cross

  • 51'

    Cole wins a dubious free-kick, Pires takes, it falls to Berkamp who slices wide

  • 50'

    Mazey run by Pires, supported by Cole, gives the full-back the chance to cross but it is poor and Kiev clear up field

  • 49'

    Henry tries to take a quick thrown in but the ball comes in then goes out of play for a Kiev throw

  • 48'

    Long ball played forward by Toure, flick on by Henry and Bergkamp bears down on goal but the keeper saves with his feet. A glorious chance wasted by the Dutchman

  • 47'

    Henry trys an ambitious free-kick from all of 35 yards and fails to come even close to scoring

  • 46'

    Free-kick into the box gives Husev a free header which he wastes by putting the ball over the bar tamely

  • 46'

    Pires helps out Cole at left-back as Kiev start the second half seemingly with more intent than the first

  • 45'

    Ljungberg, looking lively, threads a ball into the box intended for Gilberto but his marker does just enough to put him off and the half comes to an end with the score still 0-0

  • 44'

    The atmosphere has gone flat as half-time approaches and the Ukrainians continue to frustrate the Gunners

  • 44'

    Arsenal prod and probe but there always seems to be at least two blu shirts quickly in attendance

  • 43'

    Substitute Sablic shoots from thirty yards, as there is no support, but it is very high and very wide

  • 41'

    Arsenal retain the ball well across the back and look to find the right ball to go forward but Campbell gets impatient and wastefully plays a slack ball forward to a blue shirt

  • 40'

    Henry in turn fires a shot from the corner of the area but it is a poor effort by his high standars and flys into the crowd behind the goal

  • 39'

    Pires takes the initiative on his own and after a burst from midfield fires a shot just wide.

  • 37'

    A legion of Arsenal men try to find a way through the packed Kiev box but, yet again, the Ukranians find a head or a foot to repel them.

  • 35'

    Kiev have a rare period of possession on the edge of the Arsenal box but it is broken down by a Gilberto tackle - the Brazilian hurts himself in the process, forcing Henry to put the ball out so he can be seen to. Leko receives a yellow card for the clash - his third of the tournament

  • 34'

    After another half chance for Arsenal Parlour lets fly from 25 yards and the Ukranian keeper gets down well, low to his left, to block the shot

  • 32'

    Pires surges into the box and takes a tumble but the referee is unconvinced and simply awards a corner to Arsenal despite appeals from the crowd

  • 31'

    A Kiev attack breaks down and a clever ball forward from Gilbeto to Henry. Henry takes the defence out to the right and then cuts the ball back to the centre and Shovkovsky, in the Dynamo goal beats Ljungberg to the ball.

  • 30'

    Kiev's first meaningful shot on goal is comfortably saved by Lehmann

  • 28'

    Henry free-kick from the left is cleared easily. Arsenal are having possession and pressure but have yet to find a decent final ball into the box as Kiev defend in numbers

  • 27'

    A succession of passes from the Gunners. Quick ball from Toure to Henry's feet in the box. He tries to turn and shoot but his marker is in close attendance and does enough to put the Frenchman off as he shoots wide

  • 26'

    A rare foray into Arsenal's half sees Gilberto pull back his man and receive a yellow card - Arsenal's first in the competition this year

  • 25'

    Wonderful cross field pass from the left back position by Cole finds Pires and his cross is put out once more for a corner - again it is a Kiev head that meets the cross.

  • 24'

    The game is currently being played in the Kiev half and Arsenal have yet another corner which Pires again sends too deep

  • 23'

    Arsenal pressure is rousing the crowd as Pires takes a corner for the Gunners. The cross is a good one but flys over a flapping goalkeeper - who just gets a finger to the ball - for another corner that comes to nothing

  • 21'

    Bergkamp whips in a free-kick from near the corner flag. Gilberto out leaps everyone but does not make a clean contact and the keeper catches the goal bound effort

  • 19'

    Onishenko, back on the pitch for only a couple of minutes is substituted and limps off the pitch

  • 19'

    An Henry shot hits Ljungberg on the edge of the box but he cannot control the ball

  • 18'

    Sustained period of pressure from Arsenal. Pires twists and turns on the left wing and then shoots when it looked a better option to cross to any number of team-mates. Keeper collects easily

  • 17'

    Strong run from midfield by Toure, pass out to Pires who plays a one-two with Ljungberg but is dispossessed before he is able to fire in a shot

  • 15'

    After a fast paced start the game has gone into a lulled period

  • 13'

    Onischenko leaves the pitch to receive treatment - Kiev down to 10 men for the moment

  • 13'

    A miss hit ball forward from Gavrancic falls to Bergkamp who rides one tackle and plays a pass behind the opposition defence that is fractionaly too far ahead of Ljungberg and Shovkovsky clears

  • 12'

    Arsenal starting to have some possession but the Ukranians look very quick and dangerous on the break

  • 10'

    A sublime reverse pass from Bergkamp plays in Ljungberg behind the Dynamo left back. The Swede plays a cross/shot across the face of goal but no one is there to meet it

  • 9'

    Campbell wastefully gives the ball away in Kiev's half bringing danger on his own defence who are back in numbers quickly enough to snuff out the danger

  • 8'

    A long punt forward by Toure comes to nothing

  • 6'

    Henry plays in Pires on the left wing and a quick ball into the box sees Ljungberg stretch a leg and direct it goalwards only for a trailing leg of Shovkovsky to deny him

  • 4'

    Scrappy play in the middle. The ball breaks to the Dynamo left and a clever ball into the area requires Campbell to make an imperiously timed challenge inside the six yard box to deny Shatskikh

  • 3'

    Henry attempts a right footed curler around the wall. The Frenchman put enough bend on it but the shot goes over the Kiev bar

  • 3'

    Patient build up play by Arsenal eventually releases Ljungberg who is fouled on the edge of the area very much in Henry range

  • 2'

    Kiev signal their intent as a Pires run down the left is halted by a strong double tackle

  • 1'

    A shot from Gilberto looks good as it leaves his foot but ends up closer to the corner flag than the goal

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    Arsenal kick-off and look to give all of the back five an early touch

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    Arsenal face Dynamo Kiev bottom of Group B, with only a single point to show from three matches. defeat would see them out of the competition, anything less than a win and the odds will be against them. Kiev are second with six points and avoiding defeat tonight will leave them in a strong position to qualify. Teams:Arsenal: 1-Jens Lehmann; 12-Lauren, 28-Kolo Toure, 23-Sol Campbell, 3-Ashley Cole; 8-Fredrik Ljungberg, 15-Ray Parlour, 19-Gilberto, 7-Robert Pires; 10-Dennis

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