Champions League

Arsenal undone by Fabianski

2010-02-18 00:07
Under pressure (AFP)

Porto - Two errors from Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski allowed Porto to establish a 2-1 lead in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie here on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Pole started in place of the injured Manuel Almunia but gifted the hosts an early lead with a soft own goal and presented them the opportunity to score their second five minutes into the second period by inexplicably picking up a back-pass.

The industrious Falcao was the beneficiary on the latter occasion, rolling the ball past a stranded Fabianski after Ruben Micael took a quick free-kick to secure a slim advantage for his side prior to the second leg on March 9.

Fabianski's nightmare performance distracted attention from an impressive return to European action by Sol Campbell.

The 35-year-old veteran marked his first appearance in continental competition since his return to the club in January by scoring the equaliser - three years and nine months since his goalscoring turn in Arsenal's defeat by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.

Porto's winner sparked a furious reaction from Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, who was also without William Gallas, Alex Song, Andrey Arshavin, Eduardo and long-term absentee Robin van Persie due to injury.

Wenger stormed to the touchline to remonstrate with Swedish referee Martin Hansson - who was in charge of his highest profile match since the infamous Thierry Henry handball in the 2010 World Cup finals play-off between France and the Republic of Ireland.

Hanson had turned down a strong penalty appeal from Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky shortly before Porto's second goal.

Fabianski kept the score down with a save from Hulk but Arsenal continued to look unsettled at the back and will pray that Fabianski recovers morale in time for the Premier League visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

There was no gentle return for Campbell, who was exposed as early as the second minute, but having been sold short by a loose pass from Bacary Sagna he responded brilliantly to thwart Falcao with an outstretched right leg.

Hulk flashed a shot wide of Fabianski's right-hand post barely a minute later, while Campbell was perhaps fortunate to avoid punishment for a strong bodycheck on the advancing Hulk just inside the Arsenal box.

Disaster first struck for the visitors in the 11th minute, when Varela broke into space down the right before flinging a low cross towards goal that Fabianski, who had edged forward, weakly fumbled over his own line.

Arsenal, though, were quick to react and drew level eight minutes later, Campbell heading home from close range after Rosicky had turned a deep corner back across goal.

Porto goalkeeper Helton was twice called upon before half-time, pushing away a drive from Rosicky and then athletically touching a Nicklas Bendtner header over the bar, while Fabianski repelled Micael's long-range effort at the other end.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Fixtures
25 November 2014
CSKA Moscow v Roma, Arena Khimki 19:00
BATE Borisov v FC Porto, Borisov Arena 19:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Athletic Club, Arena Lviv 21:45
Sporting Lisbon v NK Maribor, Estadio José Alvalade 21:45
Manchester City v FC Bayern München, Etihad Stadium 21:45
APOEL Nicosia v Barcelona, GSP Stadium 21:45
Paris Saint Germain v Ajax, Parc des Princes 21:45
FC Schalke 04 v Chelsea, VELTINS-Arena 21:45
26 November 2014
Zenit St Petersburg v Benfica, Petrovski Stadium 19:00
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Monaco, BayArena 21:45
RSC Anderlecht v Galatasaray, Constant Vanden Stock 21:45
Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund, Emirates Stadium 21:45
FC Basel v Real Madrid, St Jakob-Park 21:45
Malmö FF v Juventus, Swedbank Stadion 21:45
Ludogorets Razgrad v Liverpool, Vasil Levski National Stadium 21:45
Atlético de Madrid v Olympiakos, Vicente Calderón 21:45
09 December 2014
Liverpool v FC Basel, Anfield 21:45
Benfica v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Estadio da Luz 21:45
Juventus v Atlético de Madrid, Juventus Stadium 21:45
Olympiakos v Malmö FF, Karaiskaki Stadium 21:45
Real Madrid v Ludogorets Razgrad, Santiago Bernabéu 21:45
Borussia Dortmund v RSC Anderlecht, Signal Iduna Park 21:45
Monaco v Zenit St Petersburg, Stade Louis II 21:45
Galatasaray v Arsenal, Türk Telekom Arena 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will win the 2013/14 Champions League title?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.