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UEFA Champions League
14 September 2011
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 65590
FULL-TIME The game ends 1-1 with Perisic's late wonder goal earning the home side a share of the points. Fair result in the end but Arsenal will feel unlucky not to have won after defending superbly in the second half.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Sven Bender
90' + 3'
BRILLIANT BLOCK FROM KOSCIELNY! The ball breaks to Zidan in the box but the French defender blocks it before headering it clear.
90' + 1'
SZCZESNY SAVES ARSENAL! Lewandowski finds himself through on goal but his compatriot in the Arsenal is brave and gets a touch of the ball to knock it away from the striker.
Four minutes added time. Can either side grab a winner?
DORTMUND EQUALISE! Song looks like he has cleared the danger with a header but the ball falls to Perisic on the edge of the box who unleashes an unstoppable left footed volley into the top corner, an absolute wonder goal!
Goal Ivan Perisic
Gotze wins the ball off Frimpong in the middle of the park but his through ball to Lewandowski is cut out by the impressive Koscielny.
Robin van Persie
Both teams are making late changes with Arsenal bringing on Chamakh for the goalscorer, Van Persie and Andre Santos replacing Gervinho. Zidan replaces Kagawa as BVB search for a goal.
GOTZE STRIKES WIDE! After some decent movement from the Germans, Perisic cuts the ball back to the 19-year-old who screws his effort wide from the edge of the box.
SO CLOSE FOR DORTMUND! Gotze's corner falls to the feet of Subotic in the box but Szczesny makes a top save to deny the Serbian from five yards out.
Gotze whips a free-kick into the box from 35 yards out but Van Persie does well to head the ball clear. Top defensive play from the away team in this second-half.
No chances for a while now. Surely we will see BVB really push for that elusive equaliser.
Arsenal make their first substitute with Frimpong replacing Walcott. Benayoun will surely drift out to the wing with Arsenal looking to go more defensive.
Yellow Card Marcel Schmelzer
Sagna is brought down by Schmelzer who earns the first booking of the game. The game is being broken up a lot at the moment which will suit the away team.
Yellow Card Bacary Sagna
After have the ball and men forward yet Gibbs' cross is blocked by Schmelzer. Not a great ball into the box by the England international.
Still all Dortmund who are seeing all of the ball. Mertesacker and Benayoun have been guilty in the last minute of giving the home side the ball back. Wenger will expect better from his men.
Arsenal could really do with a spell of possession with Dortmund in the ascendancy at the moment.
Free-kick to Dortmund as Benayoun brings down Bender. The home side have replaced Kehl and Grosskreutz with Kuba and Perisic.
Gotze makes a wonderful run into the box but Song makes a last ditch interception before the youngster lets rip.
BVB are looking composed in possession but are yet to really test Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. We're heading into the final 24 minutes with Arsenal leading 1-0.
Piszczek brings down Van Persie 30 yards from goal. Walcott steps up to take the free-kick but his shot is poor, bouncing back off the wall.
Arteta is back on the pitch now, all strapped up. Dortmund are putting the away team under pressure but Wenger's men are defending well.
ARSENAL COME CLOSE! The bouncing ball is controlled by Gervinho, despite Subotic getting his toe to the ball. The Ivorian appears to be one-on-one but his low effort is blocked by Weidenfeller with Subotic putting the former Lille man off his stride.
Gotze whips an inviting corner into the box but Arteta does great to get his head to the ball with Hummels prowling. The former Everton man is on the side of the pitch having treatment with blood pouring from his head.
Van Persie slides the ball to Walcott but the pacy England international thrashes at the ball from 18 yards, as it goes high, wide and not so handsome. Walcott and Gervinho have now swapped wings.
Brilliant skill from Gotze to play the ball to Schmelzer who tries his luck from a tight angle. However, the ball clears the crossbar.
Arteta lines a free-kick up, 25 yards from goal but the Spaniard's effort is tame, smashing into the wall.
Walcott takes the ball past Kehl and Schmelzer on the right wing but his run is ended by Hummel's superb sliding challenge.
After some silky build-up play between Kagawa and Gotze, the ball breaks to Piszczek on the edge of the box who fires it over the bar.
Nice turn by Song who has brought to the ground by Kehl. No card for the experienced midfielder though.
Grosskreutz's cross is blocked by Sagna who puts the ball out for a throw-in. The young German winger has looked a shadow of the player that was so impressive last season. His delivery into the box has been woeful tonight.
Arsenal make a confident start to the second half, keeping possession well in the centre of the field. A second for the Gunners would be massive.
Borussia Dortmund get the second half started. Can the German champions score that all important equaliser?
BVB will be wondering how they are losing this after a decent first-half. Arsenal now have something to hold onto and it will be interesting to see if Wenger's men will favour a counter-attacking approach for the second period. Join us in 10 minutes for what promises to be an enthralling 45 minutes of football.
HALF-TIME! Arsenal are ahead at the break courtesy of a van Persie goal in the 43rd minute. Dortmund have had the better chances but have looked poor in front of goal. How will the home side react after the break?
45' + 1'
Kagawa plays the ball to Grosskreutz in the Dortmund box who wastes possession by chipping it into the arms of Szczesny. Wasteful.
Crucial goal for the away side just before half-time. Van Persie shows his class as Arsenal take a lead they perhaps do not deserve after an average first-half showing.
1-0 ARSENAL! Brilliant play from van Persie. Kehl plays a sloppy ball in the middle of the park which van Persie does well to toe poke to Walcott. The England winger then slides a great through ball to the Dutch striker who slams the ball past a helpless Weidenfeller from 15 yards.
Assist Theo Walcott
Goal Robin van Persie
We're approaching half-time and we're still goalless. Gervinho attacks the Dortmund defence yet he is outnumbered yet again. Arsenal need more numbers forward.
Dortmund seem to be in the ascendancy at the moment with the away side struggling to keep position. The German team are working very hard to close down thir opposition.
Piszczek collects the ball in an advanced position near the Arsenal box. The Polish international pings a decent looking ball into the box but Lewandowski's header is weak and Szczesny claims the ball with ease.
Benayoun, who has looks lively on his full debut this evening takes the ball from Subotic but the Serbian defender makes amends when he blocks Van Persie's long-range drive.
Arsene Wenger will be glad to see that his team have settled down now. Dortmund contine to look impressive on the break but we have an equal contest on our hands.
VAN PERSIE COMES CLOSE! The Dutch striker is played the ball by Benayoun but the Arsenal captain shoots when he has time and space. His shot isn't bad yet Weidenfeller turns it around the post for a corner.
Piszczek slides the ball to Kagawa who crosses the ball from the right wing. However, Koscielny makes a brilliant diving header to send the ball clear.
Dortmund are on the attack again, this time through Kagawa. However, Benayoun does well to delay the Japanese star's cross which ends up in the arms of the keeper.
Aftter receiving some treatment on the sidelines, Koscielny is now back on the pitch and should be fine to resume. 26 minutes in and the score remains 0-0.
Delay in the game at the moment with Koscielny injured. The French defender has had a nasty clash of heads in the box with Hummels.
Kagawa gives the ball away in midfield with Gervinho breaking in midfield. The Ivorian plays the ball to Walcott who cannot get the better of Hummels in the box who makes a solid tackle.
A little bit of pressure now for the visitors with two corners in succession but on both occasions, Van Persie fails to reach his intended target as Dortmund clear.
Dortmund come forward again with Grosskreutz trying his luck from 25 yards. However, the winger fails to hit the target as the ball fizzes high and wide.
The pace of the game has settled down a little more with Arsenal in possession. Arteta is stroking the ball around nicely now after a slow start.
The home team are certainly looking the better side at the moment with Arsenal poor at the back.
DORTMUND COME CLOSE AGAIN! Hummels' long ball over the top of the Arsenal defence finds Kagawa who inexplicably lifts it over Szczesny's bar. Poor miss!
Frenetic start to this game with both sides seeing having decent opportunities. Who will score the first goal?
Van Persie attempts to play a through ball to Gervinho but the Ivorian attacker cannot get to the ball which rolls through to Weidenfeller.
FIRST CHANCE TO DORTMUND! The home side break on the counter attack and following Koscielny's slip, the ball breaks to Grosskreutz 15 yards out but the winger skies it over the bar.
Fairly decent start from the away team who have seen a fair amount of the ball. Arsene Wenger is in the stands tonight, serving a two-game touchline ban.
The Gunners' first attack of the game comes to nothing as Walcott runs the ball out of play for a goalkick.
Van Persie and Benayoun get the game underway for Arsenal as the home side look to immediately attack.
Big teams news for Arsenal is a full debut for Benayoun, on-loan from Chelsea. The Israeli replaces Ramsey in midfield and plays alongside Song and fellow newcomer, Arteta. Gervinho, who has been serving a domestic suspension replaces Arshavin who drops to the bench.
So Dortmund captain Kehl makes a surprise return in the centre of the field, replacing Gundogan while Lewandowski continues to lead the line upfront with Barrios still injured.
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Song, Arteta; Walcott, Benayoun, Gervinho; Van Persie.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels,Schmelzer, Kehl, Bender, Goetze, Grosskreutz, Kagawa, Lewandowksi.
Here come the teams:
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the crunch Champions League encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal from the Westfalenstadion. Both sides have made shaky starts to their respective domestic campaigns. Victory for either side tonight in Europe tonight could be provide a welcome catalyst. Who will come out on top?
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