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Arsenal vs Rosenborg - Match Report

davor_suker2010-04-29 11:52:01 +0000 #1
Match Scores

Half-Time

Rosenborg 0 : 1 Arsenal

Full-Time

Rosenborg 1 : 1 Arsenal

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Goalscorers

Rosenborg

Roar Strand 52

Arsenal

Fredrik Ljungberg 6

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Match Notes

Referee: Florian Meyer ()

Venue: Lerkendal Stadium

Attendance: 21,100

Kick-Off Time: 19:45

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Substitutions

Rosenborg

64 Christer George

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64 Roar Strand

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74 Robbie Russell

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74 Christer Basma

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82 Daniel Braathen

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82 Harald Brattbakk

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Arsenal

82 Robin van Persie

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82 Robert Pires

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Match Report

Arsenal's indifferent UEFA Champions League form shows no sign of abating as they could only muster a 1-1 stalemate in Rosenborg.

Arsene Wenger's Premiership entertainers again failed to replicate domestic form on the European stage, as they squandered a first-half lead against their Norwegian hosts.

Freddie Ljungberg handed Arsenal a fourth minute lead but an explosive strike from Roar Strand sent the partisan home crowd in to unrivaled ecstasy in the second half.

In the first period, Arsenal set out to rid themselves of the enigma that is their European form but despite their control, a pervading sense of fragility was always evident.

Arsene Wenger will have urged his side to get forward quickly from the start and in Thierry Henry, they looked to possess a player eager to stamp his authority on the proceedings.

The cocksure Frenchman began in imperious form, drifting in from the left and mesmerising Norwegian defenders at will with his deftness of foot.

As early as the fourth minute he had forced a corner after Espen Johnsen needed a strong palm to repel a drive from distance.

Henry delivered the setpiece himself and after Campbell saw his effort blocked, a rejuvenate Freddie Ljungberg was on hand to stab home from five yards.

The Swede is playing with renewed vigour this term and as Arsenal began to dominant, it was he again who looked at referee Florian Meyer with hopeful eyes after being felled in the Rosenborg box.

The official ruled a dive and buoyed by the decision, Rosenborg made attacking forays of their own; albeit to little effect against a staunch Gunners rearguard.

After a Lehmann flap from a Rosenborg corner went unpunished, Arsenal finished the half as they began in almost complete control of possession.

Ljungberg should have done more when fed by Henry and then the Frenchman tested Espen Johnsen with a free-kick from distance that had direction but lacked pace.

Despite Arsenal's obvious class, Norwegian champions-elect Rosenborg always had attacking menace, courtesy of the deep runs of Oyvind Storflor and the muscular forward play of Frode Johnsen.

If in the first period Arsenal were dominant but not at their cocksure best, then after the interval, they were little more than sloppy as the hosts grew in assured confidence.

The awkward Johnsen hinted at what was to follow with a towering header over the top of Lehmann's goal and then Vidar Riseth rifled into the ground when given acres of space in the Gunners' box.

Henry was thwarted at the other end after a characteristically jet-heeled break, before Strand delivered his knock-out blow.

The hard running of Storflor found space down Arsenal's right flank and after he delivered the perfect cut-back, Strand produced a controlled drive from the edge of the area that left Lehmann crestfallen in the turf and Rosenborg level.

Wenger prompted for more urgency from the touchline and the unusually lacklustre Patrick Vieira and Edu woke from complacency to prompt from the middle.

The talented but peripheral Reyes hit the side netting with an angled drive and then turned provider with a glorious ball that found Henry behind Rosenborg's advanced backline.

Taking the ball in his stride the script was set but Henry fluffed his lines and could only drag his angled drive wide.

Edu then hit a hammer of a strike narrowly over the top before Vieira looked in bemusement as Arsenal's forwards allowed his cute cut-back to be cleared.

Henry forced Johnsen in to another nervous moment with a bending effort in the final moments but Arsene Wenger will be well aware that lacklustre passing will always be punished amongst Europe's elite.

Rosenborg Team Statistics Arsenal

1 Goals 1

0 1st Half Goals 1

2 Shots on Target 4

5 Shots off Target 6

1 Blocked Shots 2

4 Corners 4

17 Fouls 11

2 Offsides 3

0 Yellow Cards 0

0 Red Cards 0

71.4 Passing Success 78.5

36 Tackles 49

55.6 Tackles Success 65.3

40.5 Possession 59.5

47.4 Territorial Advantage 52.6


Mirko Mandic2010-04-29 11:53:44 +0000 #2
Bah Aresnal Will never win UFEA CL.

they can say were best team in EPL but who has the 4 uefa CL tropies LIVERPOOL thats WHO.

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