“Are you continuing your jinx of the round of 16?” Arsenal lost 0-1 away to Porto… Red flag for advancing to the quarterfinals

February 22, 2024 | by

Arsenal failed to gain the upper hand in the away game in Porto.

Arsenal lost 0-1 in the first leg of the 2023-2024 European Champions League round of 16 against Porto at the Estadio do Dragang in Porto, Portugal, on the 22nd (Korea time).

Arsenal lost the first leg and were forced to win the second leg at home by more than two goals.

The home team Porto played in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Evaniusong was on the front line, while Franciscu Concei Sang, Pepe and Galenuga were on the second line. Nico González and Alan Barella were on the third line. The defense team was composed by João Mariou and Pepe, Otavio and Wendeou. Diogo Costa wore goalkeeper gloves.

Arsenal, the visiting team, faced off in a 4-3-3 formation. Gabriel Martinelli, Leandro Trosar and Bukayo Saka participated in the front three-top. Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Martin 외degaard worked together in the midfield. Jakub Kivior, Gabriel Magalyangis, William Saliba and Ben White played in the four-back. David Raya defended the goal.

Arsenal and Porto faced off last time in 2010. At that time, the two teams, which faced off in the round of 16 of the European Champions League in the 2009-2010 season, had a good atmosphere with Porto winning the first leg 2-1 at home, but Arsenal completely reversed the results of the first leg and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-0 victory thanks to Nicholas Bentner’s hat-trick in the second leg at their home.

Arsenal finished first in Group B in the last group stage. The difficult journey was expected as they were assigned to the same group with demanding teams such as PSV Eindhoven, Langs and Sevilla, but they secured an early first place in the group with four wins and one loss until the fifth game. Porto also followed the group stage with four wins and two losses, but advanced to second place behind Barcelona on the winner’s principle and were assigned to the round of 16 match against Arsenal. Despite Arsenal’s dominant performance, a fierce match was expected considering Porto’s home advantage and the recent good mood of both teams.

Arsenal started the match as the lead-up. Arsenal consistently held the ball from the beginning and pushed the opponent slowly. The two teams displayed tight schedule in the midfield, with no shot made until the 20th minute of the first half.

Porto lost a decisive opportunity. In the 21st minute of the first half, after Concei Sang’s right-footed cross broke through Magalyangis, Galenu’s shot bounced off the post, and Galenu finished again, but it went off the goal.

Arsenal also hit back. While blocking Saka who caught the ball after Martinelli’s sharp cross in the 25th minute of the first half, Wendeou committed a foul and got a free kick from the right side of the box. However, the free kick was blocked by Porto’s defense. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Trossar’s shot from the left corner of the penalty box went straight to the stands.

Arsenal aimed for the chance with a set piece. Saka’s cross was hit by White’s head in the center of the penalty box in the 35th minute, but it went straight to the side of the net. Furthermore, Arsenal tried to save the opportunity for a corner kick but failed to make a shot into the net. The two teams ended the first half 0-0 after failing to create additional threatening chances.

The second half began with Arsenal’s first goal. Arsenal put pressure on Porto little by little and created an opportunity. In the attack that took place after Martinelli’s breakthrough to the left in the eighth minute of the second half, Odegaard’s shot was caught in the defense. In the 11th minute of the second half, Rice’s ball from a corner kick went straight to Trossar, located on the other side. Trossar’s volley went straight to the top of the net 꽁머니지급.

Porto also hit back. In the 12th minute of the second half, Concey tried to break through in a one-on-one confrontation with Kibior to the right side of the Arsenal box and secured a free kick. In the 20th minute of the second half, Galenuga fought hard in the box to break through Saliba in a counterattack, but Saliba blocked Galenu’s advance from deep in the penalty box. In the 22nd minute of the second half, Pepe’s breakthrough also led to Evaniusong’s shot, but the shot was blocked by Rice’s leg and floated high.

The two teams failed to score until the middle of the second half, showing frustration. Arsenal tried to make a change by removing Trossar and putting Jorginho in the 29th minute of the second half to overcome the situation.

Arsenal repeatedly won corner kicks, but failed to create a threatening scene and Porto’s counterattack did not shake Arsenal much.

In the second half of the extra time, Arsenal got a free kick from far away from the opponent’s penalty box. Rice’s kick succeeded in reaching the head of Magalryang Yis in front of the gate, but it went off the goal line.

The winning goal was scored. In the second half extra time, Galenuga’s mid-range shot from the left side of the penalty box arc still hit the corner of Arsenal’s goal.

In the end, the match ended with Porto’s 1-0 victory.


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