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September 13, 2011 2:45 PM EDT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 65590‎
 
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Robin van Persie
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Arsenal
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Borussia Dortmund
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Sebastian Kehl
Borussia Dortmund
Sebastian Kehl
Sebastian Kehl
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Arsenal: Late Perisic equalizer cancels out Van Persie opener

Croatian substitute volleyed home a wonder goal to earn a point for German champions after English appeared to have done enough to take three points

By Clark Whitney

UEFA Champions League - Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal FC, Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski, Sven Bender and Alexandre Song
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Borussia Dortmund overcame a first half deficit to earn a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in its Champions League Group F opener at the Signal Iduna Park. Robin Van Persie struck for the English at the end of the first half, but Ivan Perisic drew the visitors level shortly before full time in what proved to be a thrilling affair.

After numerous chances were squandered by both sides, Van Persie put the Gunners ahead in the 42nd minute after pouncing on an error by Sebastian Kehl, who made just his third start in more than a year. The Dutchman's goal appeared to be enough for the English side to claim the spoils, but in the 88th minute, substitute Perisic fired a looping volley into the top-right corner of the net to draw the hosts level.

Before Van Persie's opener, the hosts had the majority of the chances. Robert Lewandowski rounded goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny but had his finish cleared off the line by Bacary Sagna, and later had a free header fly straight into the goalkeeper's arms. Shinji Kagawa was played on goal with a long ball over the top, but could not keep his volley low and squandered a clear chance.

Both sides could have scored within five minutes, but Gervinho was put off his balance at the last moment and had his finish saved, moments before a Dortmund counterattack ended in Grosskreutz missing the target with just Szczesny to beat. The BVB winger had another clear look at goal, but that, too, he blasted over the bar.

After the half time break, Arsenal was quite settled at the back, which only further frustrated its wasteful hosts.

Dortmund made attacking substitutions and increased its pressure in the latter stages of the game, and its positive play was ultimately rewarded when Perisic's fantastic volley sailed into the net shortly before full time.

BVB pressed on for a late winner, but its pressure came too late as Arsenal managed to hold on for a draw. The result sees the two contestants finish the first matchday tied for second place in Group F, after Marseille edged Olympiacos 1-0 in Piraeus.


Borussia Dortmund

1
Roman Weidenfeller
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Neven Subotic
Defender
3.00
15
Mats Hummels
Defender
3.50
26
Lukasz Piszczek
Defender
3.00
29
2.50
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
68′
2.50
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder
3.50
19
Kevin Großkreutz
Midfielder
69′
2.50
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
93′
3.00
9
3.00
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
85′
3.00

Arsenal

3.50
1
3.00
3
3.00
4
3.50
6
3.50
28
3.00
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
3.50
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.00
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
3.50
20
3.00
14
3.00
27
Gervinho
Striker
86′

Substitutes

20
0.00
5
0.00
8
0.00
16
3.00
8
0.00
9
Ivan Perisic
Midfielder
69′ 88′
3.50
35
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
21
2.50
27
0.00
5
2.50
35
0.00
10
0.00
10
2.50
29

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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