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  • Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City: Zigic header, van Persie superb-strike

    Striker Obafemi Martins scored a decisive victory over Birmingham City 2-1 in the Carling Cup at Wembley on Sunday (02/27/2011). Arsenal had to wait longer to win his first FA Cup since 2005.

    Arsenal conceded first by Nikola Zigic in the 28th minute. Zigic goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny break by utilizing feedback from Roger Johnson.

    They can only be equalized through Robin van Persie, when the match tread the 39th minute.

    Goal started from the shot that hit the crossbar Jack Wilshere. The ball was subsequently accepted and Andrei Arshavin sent to Van Persie. Van Persie greeted with a volley ball, which makes the ball lodged in goalkeeper Ben Foster.

    Position to survive a 1-1 draw, until the goal Martins in the 89th minute. Goals stems from a long bait unanticipated Laurent Koscielny and Szczesny perfectly, so the Martins can be mastered and crammed into the goal.

    In general, Arsenal dominated the game, both in the control of the ball and creating chances. That their efforts failed to produce the second goal until the end of normal round, that due to the performance of goalkeeper Ben Foster.

    In the 78th minute and the 79th, for example, Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri fired alternately accurate, which is still raw in the hands of Foster.

    Over 90 minutes, Arsenal had the ball as much as 58 percent and accurate off 12 shots from 20 businesses. The Birmingam created five chances out of nine experiments.

    Team Line-up:

    Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny; Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky, Andrei Arshavin (Marouane Chamakh 76), Alex Song, Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere, Robin van Persie (Nicklas Bendtner 69)

    Birmingham City: Ben Foster, Roger Johnson, Stephen Carr, Liam Ridgewell, Martin Jiranek, Barry Ferguson, Lee Bowyer, Keith Fahey (Obafemi Martins 83), Sebastian Larzzon, Carig Gardner (Jean Beausejour 50), Nikola Zigic (Cameron Jerome 90)

    Referee: Mike Dean


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