UEFA Champions League

December 10, 2003



2 - 0

Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B

19:45 +00:00, December 10, 2003

Highbury, England

Referee: Lobos Michel


    Inter drew 1-1 in Kiev and Lokomotiv also go through to the knockout phase.


    Arsenal's European campaign started slowly but they finished strongly to beat a lacklustre Lokomotiv and finish this phase of the CL as winners of Group B.

  • 90'

    That's it! The finally whistle blows and Arsenal go through to the next phase as group winners.

  • 89'

    Parks dispossesses Campbell. The striker dwells on the ball again and Cygan blocks his shot.

  • 88'

    Gurenko attacks down the right and plays Parks into the box with a perfect throughball. The Costa Rica striker fluffs his chance to shoot and Cygan recovers to make the tackle.

  • 87'

    Vieira ventures over the half-way line but the ball is soon back with the back four.

  • 86'

    Arsenal are just playing out time.

  • 85'

    Henry and Pires combine on the left as the Highbury crowd 'ole' each pass.

  • 84'

    Arsenal have begun to walk now.

  • 83'

    There has been an equalizer in Kiev and so both Arsenal and Lokomotiv are going through, as results stand.

  • 82'

    Henry dances through the Lokomotiv defence. Sennikov recovers to make an excellent tackle as the Frenchman shapes to shoot.

  • 81'

    Henry sprints down the left and slips a pass into the box but Pashinin intercepts.

  • 80'

    Maminov springs Khoklov down the right. He hits the first defender with his cross. Lokomotiv's delivery from the flanks has been dire all night.

  • 79'

    Vieira hassles Evseev into the corner and the defender does well to win a goalkick for his team.

  • 78'

    Lokomotiv take a short corner, Khokhlov's cross is too deep and Lehmann gathers the ball.

  • 77'

    Gurenko drives at the Gunners defence and forces Lehmann to save low to his right.

  • 76'

    Lokomotiv have began to pass the ball around and test Arsenal...but it's too late now, isn't it?

  • 75'

    Khokhlov spreads the play left. Gurenko plays a one-two with Maminov but the latter is offside.

  • 74'

    Parks muscles Toure off the ball but Cygan covers for his right-back and clears for Arsenal.

  • 73'

    Parks loses the ball but battles to win it back. Sennikov probes the right but once again the ball goes backwards.

  • 72'

    Arsenal make a change. Kanu replaces Bergkamp.

  • 71'

    Lokomotiv win a freekick. Loskov whips the ball over the wall and just wide of Lehmann's post.

  • 70'

    Khoklov finds space on the right. Parks can't control his cross and Pires has to block Gurenko's shots.

  • 69'

    Inter have scored against Dynamo so Lokomotiv need to score at least twice to stay in the competition, as results stand.

  • 68'

    Khokhlov skirts the edge of the box. He finds space for a shot and stings the hands of Lehmann, who berates his defence.

  • 67'

    2-0 to the Gunners and game over - unless a lacklustre Lokomotiv can move up a couple of gears.

  • 66'

    Henry flicks the ball over the defence, Ljungberg chips the ball over the onrushing Ovchinnikov and Arsenal have a second. GOAL!!!

  • 65'

    Pashinin brings the ball out of defence but gets caught in possession by Vieira.

  • 64'

    Arsenal keep possession in midfield as Lokomotiv defend deep.

  • 63'

    Parks wins a freekick from Campbell. Loskov fires a low shot straight at Lehmann and the keeper makes an easy save.

  • 62'

    Lokomotiv have the ball but all they seem able to do is pass it around at the back. I have seen them play much better than this.

  • 61'

    Cole crosses from the left. Bergkamp jumps too early and his header flashes wide of Ovchinnikov's lefthand post.

  • 60'

    Parks goes off for some treatment but is okay to continue.

  • 59'

    The same cannot be said for Parks, who is injured after a challenge with Vieira.

  • 58'

    Evseev and Cole clash in the air, both players went for the ball and both are okay as play continues.

  • 57'

    It's still 0-0 between Dynamo and Inter, so as things stand both Arsenal and Lokomotiv will go through to the next phase.

  • 56'

    Ljungberg drives at the Lokomotiv defence, who back off and allow the Swede to fire off a shot. Ovchinnikov saves.

  • 55'

    Loskov lambasts Parks, whose greedy eyes for glory robbed Lokomotiv of a possible equalizer.

  • 54'

    Parks knicks the ball off Cole and drives towards goal. Loskov is waiting for the pull-back but Parks shoots and Lehmann saves at his near post.

  • 53'

    Vieira finds space for a 30-yard shot but slices his effort high and wide.

  • 52'

    Parks tries to trick his way through midfield. Vieira makes the tackle and launches an Arsenal attack - Sennikov snuffs it out.

  • 51'

    Gurenko gets stuck but Maminov loses the ball in midfield for Lokomotiv.

  • 50'

    Pires picks out Toure at the back post. The defender sidefoots his strike over the bar. Terrible effort.

  • 49'

    Bergkamp's blocked pass falls to Toure, who blasts off a long-range shot that Ovchinnikov palms over the bar.

  • 48'

    Maminov skips past Ljungberg but his forward ball is intercepted by Cygan.

  • 47'

    Lokomotiv have changed to a 5-3-2 to a 4-4-1 with Parks as the lone striker.

  • 46'

    Lokomotiv get the second-half underway and have made two changes. Parks and Gurenko replace Ashvetia and Buznikin.


    Lokomotiv are down to ten men but the Gunners only lead 1-0 despite their dominance. However, Soccernet's resident Gunner Lawrence will be happy if it stays that way.

  • 45'

    That's the last action of the half as the ref blows for the break.

  • 44'

    Loskov fires in a cross, Cygan slices his clearence into the air but the Gunners clear.

  • 43'

    Lekcetho slides in on Ljungberg. The South African has already been booked, the ref shows him another yellow and he's off.

  • 42'

    The Highbury crowd applaud Henry's efforts in defence.

  • 41'

    Buznikin probes the right flank. Henry sprints all the way across the pitch to make a tackle.

  • 40'

    Pashinin finds Lekcetho. All his avenues are blocked and the ball eventually ends up back with the keeper Ovchinnikov.

  • 39'

    Lekcetho fires the ball into Khokhlov. The midfielder gets a rare sight of goal and fires a speculative shot high and wide

  • 38'

    Ashvetia races for a loose ball with Campbell, who shoulder-barges the striker to the floor (just about legally) and comes away in possession.

  • 37'

    Lokomotiv are putting no pressure on the man with the ball, Arsenal have all the time in the world to look for a pass.

  • 36'

    ...Ovchinnikov palms away Henry's dipping shot and Vieira slices his strike from the rebound well wide.

  • 35'

    Evseev blocks Henry's run and the wing-back gets booked. Arsenal have a freekick on the edge of the box......

  • 34'

    Ljungberg takes a knock from Lekcetho. The Swede rolls around on the pitch but eventually gets up.

  • 33'

    Cole and Pires combine on the left, but Sennikov reads the situation and clears for Lokomotiv.

  • 32'

    Campbell muscles Ashvetia off the ball and the Gunners resume their passing game.

  • 31'

    Loskov tries three successive through-balls but each one is blocked by the Gunners defence.

  • 30'

    Pashinin finds Khokhlov. Vieira slides in to stop Lokomotiv's fledgling forward momentum.

  • 29'

    Sennikov keeps passing the ball out of defence and keeps getting it back.

  • 28'

    Toure's cross is palmed away by the Ovchinnikov. Ljungberg tries to chip the keeper but his attempt ends up on the roof of the net.

  • 27'

    Henry bamboozles Sennikov and curls a shot past the defender and inches wide of the post.

  • 26'

    Cygan lofts the ball to Henry, who finds Ljungberg on the right. The Swede whips in a cross but nobody has gambled on making a near post run.

  • 25'

    Vieria shrugs off Maminov. Arsenal switch flanks and are happy to keep the ball in midfield.

  • 24'

    Vieira chips the ball to Bergkamp, who comes inside and slices a curling shot wide of Ovchinnikov's lefthand post.

  • 23'

    Lokomotiv managed to mount a decent attack there, Arsenal cannot afford to lose concentration.

  • 22'

    Loskov picks up a loose ball. Evseev probes the right flank and whips in a cross. Kohklov's shot is blocked by Campbell.

  • 21'

    Sennikov's back pass is too short, Pashinin's clearance hits Pires and bounces back to the keeper Ovchinnikov.

  • 20'

    Buznikin gets some space on the right flank. His cross is poor and the forward hangs his head in shame.

  • 19'

    Cole gets behind the defence and pulls the ball back for Henry. Pashinin slides in with a vital tackle.

  • 18'

    Ashvetia comes deep to get the ball but Lokomotiv are still going backwards and the move inevitably results in a hoof upfield.

  • 17'

    Bergkamp delivers the cross. Lekcetho clears after a scramble in the penalty box.

  • 16'

    Henry is fouled, the ref waves play on and Arsenal win a corner.

  • 15'

    Arsenal are cruising at the moment. Henry beats Pashinin, with a bit of luck, but his near post cross is wasted.

  • 14'

    Lekcetho finds his skipper Loskov. The midfielder looks up and hits an aimless long-ball to nobody.

  • 13'

    Vieira lunges in on Khokhlov and gets booked.

  • 12'

    A great start for the Gunners and now Lokomotiv must push forward as they look for an equalizer.

  • 11'

    Gilberto spreads the ball wide right. Henry looks up and fires a pass into Pires, who dances into the area and beats Ovchinnikov at his near post. GOAL!!!!

  • 10'

    Buznikin chips the ball forward for Ashvetia to chase. Cygan sticks out a foot and makes an important interception.

  • 9'

    Lokomotiv are certainly sitting back, they haven't mounted an attack as yet.

  • 8'

    Lokomotiv clear the corner at the near post. Cole battles down the left but can't find a way through.

  • 8'

    Henry fires his shot into the wall, his second attempt has the same result and Cole settles for a corner.

  • 7'

    Gilberto wins the ball in midfield. Lekcetho scythes down Bergkamp, gets booked and gives away a freekick.

  • 6'

    Toure probes the right for Arsenal, the defender is crowded out and Lekcetho comes away with the ball.

  • 5'

    Ignashevich brings the ball out of defence, nutmegs Vieira but can't find Ashvetia with the killer pass.

  • 4'

    Vieira picks out Henry - popping up on the right wing - but his pass is to heavy and the striker can't keep the ball in play.

  • 3'

    Sennikov mops up at the back. Pires twists and turns in midfield and Henry concedes a throw on the wing.

  • 2'

    ...Henry bends a shot past the wall. Ovchinnikov gets his body behind the ball to make the save.

  • 1'

    Khoklov brings down Vieira, the Gunners have a freekick in a dangerous area.....

  • 1'

    Evseev's first touch is to hoof the ball upfield. Maminov does the same, as does Ignashevich.

  • 1'

    Teams have been announced, hands have been shaken and Arsenal get the game underway in a foggy Highbury.


    Lokomotiv are one of the best counter-attacking sides in Europe, according to Wenger, so Arsenal must beware of a gung-ho approach.


    Arsenal could go through with a draw - if Inter draw or lose against Dynamo Kiev - but they are expected to go for it tonight.


    Group leaders Lokomotiv must do without highly rated midfielder Ismailov, but only need a draw to go through to the next phase.


    Henry has recovered from a knee injury just in time for this match - Vieira also starts. If Arsenal win they will top the group after a slow start in Europe.


    Victory takes the Gunners through. Join us at 19.45 GMT to see if Arsene Wenger's men can complete a glorious Champions League turnaround.