UEFA Champions League

February 20, 2007


PSV Eindhoven

1 - 0


UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, February 20, 2007

Philips Stadion, Netherlands

  • 90'


  • 90'

    Gunners being overrun, but the whistle goes. Arsenal have a lot to do.

  • 90'

    Gallas commits the foul. And it looks all over.

  • 89'

    Last few minutes now. The ball is still in the Arsenal half, and Henry has dropped deep, Adebayor fails to get on the end of it.

  • 88'

    Looks a bridge too far now for the Gunners players. Perhaps too many games, but they were in the comfort zone in the first half. They have aided their own downfall.

  • 86'

    Simons and PSV happy to keep ball, Arsenal don't look like getting it back anytime soon. Culina and the PSV midfield are playing 'Ole' football.

  • 85'

    Still no way through for Arsenal, Rosicky pumps it long, but Gomes is there.

  • 83'

    Adebayor runs into Simons in the box, he was looking for the penalty, but it was never there.

  • 83'

    Gunners lose it again. There's loads of PSV players there, and it's just too intricate.

  • 82'

    Da Costa is off, Arsenal should be pumping long balls into the box.

  • 82'

    Arsenal are crying out for a old style centre forward. They keep passing and passing, but it's not getting anywhere.

  • 79'

    Alex fouls Henry. In a good position, Henry standing over it, but it was Baptista who hit it. Gomes nearly drops it. I thinnk Baptista was meant to leave it, Henry does not look happy.

  • 78'

    Arsenal still trailing, they do look poor. Baptista smashes it at Henry, but he could have done better.

  • 76'

    Henry one on one with Alex, but he just smashes an aimless shot against the defender. Kromkamp frees himself, but Clichy does really well.

  • 75'

    Kone breaks free on the left, Clichy was away with the fish. Pulls it back, Mendes shoots but Toure blocks. Simons was there.

  • 75'

    Tardelli coming off for PSV and it is Baptista for Arsenal in place of Hleb.

  • 74'

    Cocu tries to lob Lehmann from 40 yards, he scampers back, but it goes wide.

  • 73'

    Gomes claims the free-kick. That could have been something if the touch had been a bit lighter. Baptista is warming up.

  • 72'

    Rosicky fouled. Surely Wenger has to freshen up the game with a sub or two.

  • 72'

    All of the players have been shoddy tonight, and that's down to mindset. How can they not be up for the Champions League???

  • 71'

    Clichy is upended by some skill by Kone, Henry's first touch lets him down. He needs to get off the pitch.

  • 69'

    20 mins left for the Gunners to grab a goal. All they need is one goal and the whole tie looks so different.

  • 68'

    He then comes out and claims the corner with ease.

  • 68'

    Wenger off the bench and trying to get the players up for it. The ball breaks to Fabregas and he hits it well. Gomes flies to his left to tip it over. Good chance.

  • 66'

    Simons spreads the play, Arsenal can't get near the ball.

  • 66'

    Gilberto gives it away and aimlessly fouls Cocu in the centre of the field. Rosicky then gives it away, there's far too much of this. Arsenal look like England did against Spain.

  • 64'

    They've grabbed a goal from nowhere here, but everything would change if Arsenal grabbed a goal.

  • 64'

    PSV can really sit back on their lead now.

  • 63'

    Senderos falls over and handballs. Terrible play. He gets booked. Arsenal have had no intent at all.

  • 62'

    Sun Xiang becomes the first Chinese player in Champs League football as he comes on.

  • 61'

    Almost reluctantly taken the lead there, but it's no more than a lacklustre Arsenal deserved. They let PSV back into the game there.

  • 61'

    GOAL! Mendes gets a goal from nothing. The ball broke back just outside the area and he hit it so well! Careless play from Arsenal, they should have closed him down, but that's a great strike!

  • 60'

    Alex uses his pace to beat Adebayor to the ball. Aimless cross, much like most of their play so far this half.

  • 58'

    Henry plays a one-two, and then goes down under a block.

  • 57'

    Kone onside, but Culina's ball is too long. He looks lively, but he's done a lot of work up front on his own so he must be getting tired.

  • 56'

    Gunners in control. There is no urgency from either side here. They both seem pretty happy to get the draw.

  • 56'

    Adebayor does well, really good skill, but Alex comes across with a decent tackle to deny him space, Arsenal have the corner. Wasted as usual.

  • 55'

    Henry linking the play well, Adebayor uses his pace. Da Costa holds his leg like he has cramp, he's only 20 years old!

  • 54'

    Kone through! The flag stayed down and the striker was offside, he hits the volley and it goes wide.

  • 53'

    Fabregas is the furthest up for Arsenal. They have two strikers on the pitch, but where are they?

  • 52'

    Lehmann does well to come out and claim the cross.

  • 51'

    Toure across again, he really is the rock of the defence. Rosicky gives it away and PSV break. Hleb sticks a foot out and brings down Tardelli.

  • 50'

    Tardelli comes deep and tried to build something. PSV resort to putting in long shots. Arsenal unable to keep hold of the ball for a change.

  • 49'

    All a bit sloppy so far this half.

  • 48'

    Hleb gives the ball away. It's like a disease for the Arsenal players at the moment. They can't pull it together, and Senderos has to keep out Kone, not helped by Clichy.

  • 47'

    Fabregas puts the ball out of play when Cocu falls over. He didn't have to at all!

  • 47'

    Gallas shepherds the ball away from Tardelli. Good to see him back in the side.

  • 46'

    Good work from Adebayor, he's a real workhorse, but he's caught offside.

  • 45'

    Gunners kick off. PSV have to do better, and Arsenal will need to score an away goal.

  • 45'


  • 44'

    Unlucky, good effort, but the skipper hasn't impressed. PSV need to do a lot more

  • 44'

    Kone all on his own up front. Arsenal still look the more likely, as Henry finds Adebayor. Henry gets it back, turns and fires a shot, just over.

  • 42'

    Arsenal test Gomes again. Henry shows good balance to get the shot off, but it's straight at the Brazilian keeper. Kone buzzing around up front, but Toure shepherds him away from danger.

  • 40'

    Adebayor battles well, but Henry holds it up and the move is lost.

  • 40'

    PSV still getting at least 9 men behind the ball every time Arsenal have the ball. Henry coming deep to get the ball, but he should be leading the line.

  • 38'

    Henry is looking out of sorts, he tears away on the left and gets a shot in. PSV break and Culina gets a shot away, but nothing to worry the Arsenal keeper.

  • 36'

    Kone makes it through. Senderos does enough, although he was not convincing in getting the better of him, and Lehmann gathers.

  • 35'

    Now PSV playing the possession game, and Arsenal can't get a touch.

  • 35'

    Da Costa reads the ball well, he's done well to stifle the threat of Henry so far.

  • 33'

    Senderos has a shot, but nothing comes of it. The noise levels are up in the stadium, but the game is still a bit of a damp squib.

  • 32'

    Salcido pushed wide, his cross is easily gathered by Lehmann. Henry again finds himself up against defenders and loses the ball.

  • 31'

    Toure gets across to block Tardelli's run. Great defending!

  • 30'

    Adebayor finds space, but his control lets him down. Arsenal really showing their superiority at the moment. They look very dangerous and PSV are just sitting back.

  • 29'

    Fabregas holds it up, passes left to Rosicky. He cuts inside and curls it. Just past the post!

  • 28'

    Cocu showing his pace, as he chases Henry back! Surely the old man shouldn't have got that close. Gives the ball away again, the shot comes in from way out, good save Lehmann. He was well behind the ball.

  • 26'

    Henry drifts inside and sends the shot miles over the bar. He was leaning back.

  • 25'

    Shocking play from PSV, there's no conviction at all from the Dutch side.

  • 24'

    Kromkamp gets in a poor tackle on Rosicky. The Czech star is looking lively.

  • 23'

    Senderos does well to tidy up. Henry loses it again.

  • 22'

    Rosicky finds Fabregas, but Alex is there. Adebayor wastes it on the left hand side.

  • 21'

    Good ball through makes Lehmann come out and challenge Kone. He shouts at Clichy, and PSV are attacking more now. They've come out of their shell.

  • 20'

    Kone holds it up well, Mendes hits it from about 35 yards. Dips, but Lehmann was there to save easily.

  • 19'

    Mendes is man marking the influential Fabregas. But PSV really are showing very negative tactics here. Lehmann looks in for a quiet night.

  • 19'

    PSV smash it forward, but everyone is in the PSV half.

  • 18'

    Henry really should have done better then. Tries to control it in the air, but should have just let it run. Poor play from the skipper.

  • 17'

    Gunners doing well to maintain possession. PSV are sitting back and letting Arsenal play. If they want to play the game for a 0-0 then can.

  • 16'

    Rosicky flings the corner across, Gilberto and Senderos climbing, should really have done better with the header.

  • 15'

    The noise in the stadium is incredible. And for some reason they're all in fancy dress too.

  • 14'

    Arsenal passing has been pretty poor, they keep giving it away!

  • 13'

    Just as you think Arsenal are holding off, they spring an attack like that. Should be 1-0 up, and Rosicky will be working on his finishing in training. Great save though.

  • 13'

    Great ball through, Rosicky one on one, but Gomes gets his hands down on it. It stops on the line and Da Costa hits it clear. Great save and a great chance there.

  • 12'

    Adebayor hareing around like a.. well.. hare. But not getting much done. Gunners are sitting off and playing it around the defence. Henry loses it and Rosicky gives it away.

  • 10'

    Fabregas hits the ball against Alex, he almost gifted the ball through as Alex failed to control the ball. Tardelli should have done better, Lehmann came out well.

  • 9'

    PSV play it out of danger, but Arsenal are looking the most dangerous at the moment.

  • 8'

    Rosicky in well, good tackle. Da Costa flies in Adebayor. The most blatent booking you'll see, but not given. Henry wastes the free kick,

  • 7'

    Fabregas should have done better with the ball to Adebayor. He was in acres of space, but the ball over the top wasn't good enough.

  • 6'

    Clichy did well, but Tardelli tracked him back well.

  • 5'

    Henry looks for the long ball, but Alex gets there first and clears. Arsenal look to build, and we know how good they are at holding on to possession.

  • 4'

    Cocu picks it up, but his ball can't find Kone and Clichy saves it. PSV are a bit narrow in midfield so far, Gunners have yet to string some passes together.

  • 3'

    15 different nations represented tonight. A very international occasion, although there aren't any Englishmen.

  • 2'

    Fabregas skips through, but loses control. Cocu appears to be playing as an attacking midfielder.


    PSV maintain possession and hit it high


    Kick off


    Back to full strength for Arsenal, and they'll be hoping to grab an away goal.


    Arsenal: Lehmann, Gallas, Toure, Senderos, Clichy, Hleb, Silva, Fabregas, Rosicky, Henry, Adebayor. Subs: Almunia, Ljungberg, Julio Baptista, Denilson, Flamini, Djourou, Aliadiere.
    Referee: Tom Ovrebo (Norway)


    Team news: PSV: Gomes, Kromkamp, Alex, Da Costa, Salcido, Culina, Simons, Cocu, Mendez, Kone, Tardelli. Subs: Moens, Vayrynen, Addo, Feher, Sun.