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  • Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona: Van Persie, Arshavin superb-finish

    Arsenal won an important victory over Barcelona in the first leg 16 of the Champions League. Coming from behind 0-1 in advance, the Gunners managed to comeback and win 2-1.

    North London team to beat Barca 2-1 in a match that took place at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday (16/02/2011) . Formerly the visitors ahead through David Villa in the 26th minute.

    Arsene Wenger team managed to create two goals in the second half and bring the host won 2-1. Equalizing goal accounted for Robin van Persie in the 78th minute. Substitute player Andrey Arshavin ensure The Gunner victory thanks to his goal the 83rd minute.

    This victory is a positive capital Arsenal for diving second leg at Camp Nou on 8 March.

    The game

    Barcelona took the first initiative in launching pressure. But the first ripe opportunities posted by Arsenal. Third minute free-kick towards goal Samir Nasri Barcelona. Kans can be defeated goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

    Robin Van Persie! Again host the fifth minute push. After outwit your opponent, Theo Walcott to Cesc Fabregas pass, and last name and then forward the ball to Van Persie. The Dutch player was off a blocked kick Valdes.

    Golden opportunity for Barcelona came in minute 15. Lionel Messi managed to win a contest run by the Arsenal players when chasing bait breakthrough from David Villa. Entering the penalty box, Messi's chip off the ball toward the far post who failed to stop Wojiech Szczesny but the skin round still deviated from the target.

    Entering the 22nd minute, Messi again have a chance. But his shot was too weak and easily captured Szczesny.

    Buying and selling attacks continue to occur. Three minutes later, Cesc Fabregas breakthrough bait accepted Theo Walcott is on the right. Arsenal captain then sent a cross that led to Van Persie but the ball had driven Eric Abidal.

    Goal! Barcelona lead 1-0 through David Villa kick in the 26th minute. This goal came from a successful breakthrough bait Messi Villa converted to rip the Arsenal goalkeeper.

    The hosts almost conceded a few minutes later returned. Decoys David Villa from the right to create opportunities for Pedro. Spanish youngsters kick was successfully pushed over by Szczesny.

    Matches entered half an hour, chances through Robin van Persie Arsenal aground. Dutch striker's kick it sideways.

    Lionel Messi was thrilling North London team's goal the 37th minute after grabbing a ball bounce that pushed the kick Pedro Szczesny, but disallowed due to off-side. Both teams exchanged attacks. Until halftime there was no additional goals created.

    Arsenal to miss a single goal to make a direct hit at the beginning of round two. After working with Fabregas, Wilshere opened fire which was still right in the catchment Valdes.

    Laurent Koscielny dropped Pedro in the penalty box the 56th minute. Even so the referee states play on.

    Van Persie has a chance to break Barca's goal the 64th minute. But Van Persie kick from outside the penalty box can still be arrested Valdes.

    Goal! Arsenal kick evened the score by Robin Van Persie the 78th minute. Receiving feedback from Gael Clichy, Van Persie from the left side opened fire from a narrow angle which failed dammed Victov Valdes.

    Five minutes later the Gunners managed to turn things around thanks to Andrey Arshavin. This goal came from Samir Nasri acceleration from the right side, then he had to send feedback on Arshavin. Russian players kick it managed to break Barca goalkeeper.

    Two minutes into the dispersal, Barca opportunity utilizing Arshavin error back-pass header by Dani Alves successfully pushed over by Szczesny.

    Team Line-up:

    Arsenal: Szczesny; Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue, Wilshere, Song (Arshavin 68 '), Nasri, Fabregas, Walcott (Bendtner 76'), Van Persie

    Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Abidal, Pique, Maxwell, Dani Alves, Busquets, Iniesta (Adriano 88 '), Xavi, Messi, Pedro, David Villa (Keita 68')


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