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Arsenal 1-0 FC Porto (March 12, 2024) Match Analysis

Arsenal survived penalties to beat Porto and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years after a tense last-16 duel ended 1-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.

Porto, who won the opening match 1-0, proved a tenacious opposition premier league Arsenal managers and fans must have feared another night of European heartbreak.

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But Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka And Declan Rice all put away their kicks with clinical precision.

The one in Porto Wendel saw his effort go wide after hitting the post, and the Arsenal keeper David Raya then he became the hero by stopping Galento send Arsenal through 4-2 in the shootout and spark wild celebrations.

“A great moment personally and collectively. I am over the moon to save two penalties in the Champions League to reach the quarter-finals,” said Raya.

Léandro TrossardPorto's well-executed effort shortly before half-time had equalized, but Arsenal struggled to break down a disciplined Porto side who also created good chances.

Extra time failed to separate the teams, but Mikel Arteta's Arsenal held their nerve to end a run of seven successive last-16 exits.

The last time Arsenal reached the quarter-finals in 2010, they also beat Porto in the round of 16, and they will go into Friday's draw confident they can go further.

“For them to do it when the club hasn't done it for 14 years, it shows the difficulty,” said Arteta, whose side won eight successive Premier League games to move ahead Manchester City And Liverpooltold reporters.

“They are willing to sacrifice everything to win.”

It was tough for Porto, who put in a classic away performance with a 41-year-old defender. Pepe a rock at the back and Evanilson twice, almost stunning the hosts.


But they have nothing to show as their terrible record against English clubs continues with a 20th defeat in 24 games.

Porto's tactic of disrupting Arsenal's attacking rhythm had worked to perfection in the first leg when Galeno's stoppage-time goal earned them a 1-0 victory, and it proved effective again.

Arsenal were limited to a few clear-cut chances in the first half, with Odegaard's shot into the side net a rare glimmer of their usual attacking verve.

Backed by a strong traveling support, Porto were calm and composed and at times threatening, with Brazilian striker Evanilson forcing a fine save from Raya.

As half-time approached, anxiety was growing among the home fans, but the mood changed in the 41st minute when Odegaard, so often Arsenal's catalyst, slipped a pass through the Arsenal defence. Porto and that Trossard went aside. Diogo Costa.

Arsenal's expected siege failed to materialize in the second half, with Porto sticking to their script, disrupting the flow of play at every turn in the book.

Arsenal's frustration boiled over midway through the second half when Pepe tried to pass the ball back to his keeper but got tangled and Odegaard scored, only for the goal to be harshly ruled out for a foul. Havertz.

Arteta was so furious with the decision that he received a yellow card, and soon after Porto manager Sergio Conceicao also went into the book as tensions mounted.

With the tie on a knife's edge, Arsenal's hearts were in their mouths when Francisco Conceicao burst in and forced Raya to make another save, while at the other end he replaced Gabriel Jesus He almost scored with his first touch as his close-range shot was saved by Costa's legs.

Extra time ended in a stalemate, but Arsenal prevailed in the first Champions League knockout match on penalties since the 2016 final between Atletico Madrid and Atletico Madrid. real Madrid.

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