UEFA Champions League

February 24, 2004

Full-time

Celta Vigo

2 - 3

Arsenal

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, February 24, 2004

Balaidos Stadium, Spain

Referee: Anders Frisk

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    Celta will travel to Highbury on March 10 with a mountain to climb.

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    Celta Vigo offered a tough test for the Gunners but with three away goals under their belt Arsenal will be clear favourites to advance to the next stage.

  • 90'

    That's it! The final whistle blows and Arsenal have won in Spain.

  • 90'

    Henry singles out Valesco on the edge of the area. The Frenchman can't beat the defender and fouls Valesco as he comes away with the ball.

  • 90'

    Henry races to the byline but seems to be going faster than he expected and tumbles out of play as he attempts to keep the ball in. The fans whistle their approval.

  • 89'

    Arsenal make a double change to run down the clock. Cygan replaces Clichy and Bentley replaces Ljungberg.

  • 88'

    Henry is furious and gets booked for his protestations.

  • 87'

    Henry breaks and has a chance to use his pace. The striker takes a tumble as he goes past Mostovoi but the ref says no foul.

  • 86'

    Silvinho's delivery is blocked and Celta have a corner. Its a poor one and Arsenal clear.

  • 85'

    Mostovoi skips past Edu, who hacks him down and Celta win a freekick.

  • 84'

    Lauren cuts out Silvinho's pass and the Gunners are on the attack. Vigo hold firm.

  • 83'

    Pinilla fouls Toure in his eagerness to get the ball back.

  • 82'

    Ljungberg wins the ball. Kanu flicks the ball in from the corner flag and the Gunners are happy to keep possession.

  • 81'

    Celta have comeback twice already but a thrid time looks to be beyond them at the moment.

  • 80'

    Kanu looks for Pires again but the pass is too heavy and runs through to Celta's keeper.

  • 79'

    ...instead the striker flicks the ball back to an unmarked Pires, who slots the ball past Cavallero. GOAL!!!

  • 78'

    Arsenal drive down the middle. Vieira plays a throughball for Henry, who shapes to shoot...

  • 77'

    Clichy joins the attack but Luccin slides in with a good tackle. The ball breaks for the Gunners.

  • 76'

    Arsenal follow suit and bring on Kanu for Reyes.

  • 75'

    Celta make a change. Luis Edu is replaced by Pinilla - can't understand that one.

  • 74'

    Wagner leaps like a salmon (sorry couldn't resist) and Lehmann scrambles across the goal to save his downward header.

  • 73'

    Edu rejoins the game. Mostovoi takes a tumbles in the box but it was never a penalty.

  • 72'

    Lehman hoists the ball upfield and Luccin chips it back to his keeper.

  • 71'

    Edu has gone down clutching his ankle and needs treatment - he may have got his foot stuck in the turf. He leaves the pitch.

  • 70'

    ...the Russian lofts in a delicate cross and the Arsenal defence head clear.

  • 69'

    Milosevic runs at Campbell and wins a corner off the big defender. Mostovoi will take it....

  • 68'

    Clichy gives the ball away but wins it back. Reyes hoofs the ball away.

  • 67'

    Wagner back-heels the ball down the line for Silvinho. The Brazilian whips in a cross that drifts towards goal and nearly embarrasses Lehmann, who had left his line.

  • 66'

    Henry delivers an Arsenal corner. Cavallero flaps at it and Campbell is penalised for high feet.

  • 65'

    Henry sprints clear of the Celta defence and lashes the ball into the back of the net but he is offside.

  • 64'

    Celta have hauled themselves level again thanks to some poor marking from a set piece.

  • 63'

    Mostovoi whips in the cross, Sergio nods it down and Ignacio prods the ball past the sprawling Lehmann. GOAL!!!

  • 62'

    Silvinho crosses from the left. Clichy heads clear. Velasco shoots and Campbell turns the ball past the post.

  • 61'

    Celta need to come from behind once again and Wagner looks ready to join the action from the bench.

  • 60'

    Luccin hits a ridiculous shot from about 40-yards and it trickles to the edge of the Arsenal area.

  • 59'

    A fantastic goal from Edu, who has two for the match.

  • 58'

    Edu fools Berizzo to manufacture some shooting space and curls a strike into the top corner. GOAL!!!

  • 57'

    Arsenal are starting to play some good stuff now. Henry drives into the area but Berizzo stands firm and makes the tackle.

  • 56'

    ...Henry latches onto the loose ball but fires his shot wide of the post - he should have scored.

  • 56'

    Henry flicks the ball to Reyes on the right. Cavellero can only parry the youngsters shot...

  • 55'

    Milosevic plays a hospital ball to Luccin. Edu makes a challenge and Luccin rolls around on the floor theatrically.

  • 53'

    Pires turns Luccin and finds Reyes, who puts his marker on his backside and flashes a cross across the face of goal.

  • 52'

    Arsenal clear a poor corner. Valesco makes a sliding challenge as Henry threatens to break quickly.

  • 51'

    Luis Edu and Valesco combine down the right and Clichy is forced to concede a corner.

  • 50'

    Ljungberg fouls Silvinho and Celta can whip a delivery into the box. Lehmann punches clear.

  • 49'

    Luis Edu has switched to Vigo's right flank and is having a lot of joy as Pires drifts infield.

  • 48'

    ..The heavily bandaged keeper makes the save - just.

  • 47'

    Henry can't get past Sergio on the edge of the box. Reyes finds Henry, who shoots across Cavellero....

  • 46'

    Luis Edu charges down the right and delivers a good cross. Mostovoi has a free header but hits the bar.

  • 46'

    No changes to either side as the second-half gets underway.

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    Having said that, Arsenal would be happy to go back to Highbury with an away goal and it might be a case of more of the same from Wenger's boys.

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    Celta have closed Arsenal down in midfield to great effect and have asked some serious questions of the Gunners' defence.

  • 45'

    All square in the Balaidos Stadium at half-time.

  • 45'

    ....the French striker blasts it over the bar. I don't think Cavallero has had a save to make since busting his face open.

  • 45'

    Sergio gives away a foul in shooting territory. Henry stands over it.....

  • 45'

    Luccin floats the ball into the box. Vieira heads clear but the flag goes up for offside.

  • 45'

    Campbell charges through three players to get on the end of a cross and gets called for a foul.

  • 44'

    Silvinho pulls back Pires and gets booked - he will play no part at Highbury.

  • 43'

    Ljungberg cuts in from the right. Edu fires off a long-range shot but Sergio blocks.

  • 42'

    Toure cuts out a long-ball over the top. Milosevic is caught offside.

  • 41'

    Reyes gets caught in possession. He has been a bit lost in this game.

  • 40'

    Milosevic flicks the ball over Campbell but it's too heavy for Angel and runs out for an Arsenal throw.

  • 39'

    Luis Edu 'megs Lauren but the defender recovers well and switches play to Clichy on the left.

  • 38'

    Henry drives forward but loses possession and lunges a Silvinho in his frustration.

  • 37'

    Clichy's clearence is charged down. Arsenal are under pressure.

  • 36'

    Mostovoi plays a clever ball to Edu, who skirts the edge of the box and forces a good save from Lehmann.

  • 35'

    Pires drives through the Vigo midfield and then takes a dive for some reason. The ref looks at him and shakes his head.

  • 34'

    Arsenal delay the restart as Toure returns to the action.

  • 33'

    Toure is back on his feet.

  • 32'

    Silvinho skips past Ljungberg and collides with Toure. No penalty but the Arsenal defender suffers a head injury.

  • 32'

    Luis Edu is held back by Toure but the ref lets play continue. Henry on the counter-attack.....offside.

  • 31'

    Pires is starting to drift in field to get into the game and pose a further threat to Vigo's largely untroubled defence.

  • 30'

    Clichy lofts the ball down the line. Luis Edu brings down Ljungberg for a freekick.

  • 29'

    Silvinho cuts inside and Vieira takes control in the centre. Reyes to Henry, who back-heels it to Pires, and Berizzo makes the tackle.

  • 28'

    Luis Edu really powered his header home from 12-yards - a great finish.

  • 27'

    1-1 in the Balaidos Stadium in a real see-saw match.

  • 26'

    ...Silvinho whips in a cross, Luis Edu rises and powers a towering header past Lehmann. GOAL!!!

  • 25'

    Lauren fouls Luis Edu and Celta have a shooting chance.....

  • 24'

    Milosevic attempts a drag back but doesn't fool Vieira. Toure clears Silvinho's cross.

  • 23'

    Silvinho tackles Ljungberg on the touchline.

  • 22'

    Now Ignacio has gone down under a challenge from Vieira. Luccin chips the ball over Lauren but Silvinho can't find a way into the box.

  • 21'

    Cavallerro will continue...but for how long? The game restarts.

  • 20'

    Pinto, the replacement, is warming up but Cavallero wants to continue.

  • 19'

    The keeper is still receiving treatment and it looks like it could be the end of his game.

  • 18'

    Cavallero collided with Edu's knee as he attempted the save and has blood gushing from his nose and head.

  • 17'

    Edu is unmarked at the back post from the freekick. Celta are all at sea and the Brazilian prods the ball in through a scramble of players. GOAL!!!

  • 16'

    Toure does well to keep the ball in play but Silvinho slides in with a well timed challenge - unlike Ignacio who hacks at Ljungberg.

  • 15'

    Celta are just edging this game now as the fans find their voice.

  • 14'

    Sergio eventually scrambles the corner away and Celta break. Luccin plays a poor ball for Milosevic and Campbell makes a last ditch tackle in the area.

  • 13'

    Milosevic replaces a boot after a foul from Toure, who wins a corner off Luccin.

  • 12'

    Henry flicks the ball into Reyes' path. The Spaniard shoots from the edge of the box but it's easy for Cavallero.

  • 11'

    Celta are pushing forward but an offside relieves the pressure.

  • 10'

    Pires fouls Angel on the touchline. Velasco crosses from the right but Luis Edu can't get there ahead of Toure.

  • 9'

    Celta freekick on the right. Mostovoi takes and Lehmann plucks the ball out of the air.

  • 8'

    Luis Edu and Mostovoi play a one-two that dissects the Gunner's defence, but the retrun pass is agonisingly too heavy and Arsenal escape.

  • 7'

    Luis Edu and Lauren clash heads - Edu needs treatment. Sergio passes back to his keeper under pressure from Reyes.

  • 6'

    Milosevic looks for a foul from Campbell but the ref is having none of it.

  • 5'

    Very scrappy at the moment. No team has really settled yet.

  • 4'

    Clichy shrugs Luis Edu off the ball. Lauren loses possesion in an advanced position.

  • 4'

    Milosevic runs into Vieria and then fouls the French midfielder.

  • 3'

    Reyes draws contact from Ignacio and Arsenal win a dubiuos freekick - Reyes was the most fouled diver...er...player in La Liga.

  • 2'

    Clichy, in for the injured Cole, gets an early touch to settle him down.

  • 1'

    Arsenal are playing left to right in their red and white strip - vigo sport an all blue strip.

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    The teams are exchanging pendents and such like and the football is only moments away.

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    Arsenal's new signing Reyes returns to Spain for the first time and manager Wenger is hoping he will lead the way in his native country.

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    Celta leftback Silvinho will have a point to prove against his former club. However, the bookies are tipping Arsenal to prove too strong.

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    Arsenal are flying at the moment and Celta are struggling in La Liga, but the Gunners have never won in Spain.

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    Arsenal team: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Clichy, Ljungberg, Vieira, Edu, Pires, Henry, Reyes

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    Celta Team: Cavallero, Velasco, Sergio, Berizzo, Silvinho, Luccin, Jose Ignacio, Angel, Mostovoi, Edu, Milosevic.16 Saenz Jose Ignacio

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    All the first leg action from the Balaidos Stadium, kicking off at 19.45 GMT