RELIVE: Arsenal vs Monaco (UEFA Champions League)

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Feb 2015

Ahram Online provided a live coverage for Wednesday's clash between Arsenal and Monaco in the first leg of the UEFA Champions league round 16

Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov, right, scores his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16 soccer match between Arsenal and AS Monaco at the Emirates Stadium in London, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 (Photo: AP)

Full time: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

90+5 The referee blows the final whistle!! Arsenal lose 3-1 at home to Monaco.

90+4 GOOOAAALLLL!!! Carrasco makes it three following another counter by Monaco!!

90' GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Arsenal narrow the gap through Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's curling effort from outside the box.

89' Substitute Ferreira-Carrasco strikes straight into keeper Ospina's hands following a promising counter attack.

85' Arsenal putting up pressure on the Monaco defense, who are doing quite well tonight.

84' Martial makes way for Bernardo Silva.

80' Rosicky replaces Cazorla, as Monaco coach Jardim introduces Kurzawa instead of Dirar.

77' Ospina makes a save.

75' Berbatov is withdrawn as Ferreira-Carrasco is introduced.

73' Bellerin cautioned after bringing down Martial during a counter for the French side.

68' Coquelin makes way for the attack-minded Chamberlain.

65' WHAT A CHANCE!!! a through-on-goal Walcott fails to score as Welbeck sees his followed shot blocked! 

64' Monaco are extremely dangerous on the break!! As a two-on-two ends up with Mertesacker keeping away the  danger.

61' Ospina comes into his side's rescue!!! The Arsenal keeper denies a one-on-one effort from Moutinho.

60' The out-of-sorts Giroud makes way for Walcott.

57' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Giroud wastes a certain goal on the rebound after Sanchez's strike had been initially blocked by the keeper.

53' A superbly-executed counter attack by the visitors ends up with Berbatov scoring his side's second of the night!

53' GOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! Monaco make it two!!

52' Giroud heads high Cazorla's free kick, as TV replays show the Frenchman has been in an offside position.

51' Cazorla wins a free kick down the left.

50' Arsenal are piling up pressure now in search for the much-needed equalizer.

46' Alexis superbly evades a defender before bursting into the box as Giroud eventually made a mess with the Chilean's cross!

The second half begins.

45+1 The referee blows the halftime whistle, with the visitors taking an unlikely lead at the Emirates.

45' Welbeck wins a free kick down the right from Elderson who is booked by the referee.

42' Coquelin goes into the referee's book following a foul on Kondogbia.

38' Kondogbia puts his side in front after receiving the ball in space, as he comfortably struck from outside the box, before his shot took a deflection off Mertesacker to beat  Ospina in goal. That was against the run of play!!

38' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! Monaco take the lead!!

37' Giroud guilty of an awful finish following Bellerin's pass inside the box after a superb team move. 

36' Sanchez and Ozil are combining relatively well upfront, yet the final touch remains elusive.

33' That was close!!! Sanchez's strike from inside the box following Ozil's squared pass misses the target by inches!!!

30' In what initially seemed to be an easy game for Arsenal at the beginning, now the Gunners are struggling to creat gilt-edged chances.

26' Ozil's corner kick is cleared away by Monaco's Wallace strong headed clearance.

24' Giroud heads Alexis's corner kick wide.

22' The tempo has slowed down during those past minutes, with Arsenal failing to demonstrate the determination on display at the start of the game.

19' Ozil plays in Bellerin through down the right hand side of the area but the right back was adjudged to have fouled Elderson. 

15' 15 minutes has passed, Arsenal are clearly the dominant side, even though they are yet to translate thier dominance into goals.

10' Alexis sends in a diagonal cross from the left, but goes out for goal kick following an Arsenal corner.  

6' Arsenal piling up immense pressure early on, with Welbeck failing to get to the end of a Santi Cazorla cross from the left after the Spaniard brilliantly evaded three defenders to get into the box. 

4' Monaco looking to defend deep from the outset, but it seems that Arsenal could be well exploiting the spaces in the Ligue 1 side's half.

2' The first chance of the match! Welbeck holds off his marker and turns with the ball before seeing his effort go high.

The first half gets underway.

21:35 Both teams are currently warming up, with just 10 minutes remaining.

21:30 "It's normal that everyone thinks Arsenal will qualify. I too think Arsenal are favourites but in football sometimes money and the favourites don't win."

21:15 Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim told Britain's Sunday Sun newspaper: "Everyone considered us a gift, a lucky draw, so the luck fell to Arsenal."

Starting lineups:

Arsenal: David Ospina; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla; Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck; Olivier Giroud.

Monaco: Danijel Subasic; Elderson Echiejile, Wallace, Aymen Abdennour, Ibrahima Touré;  Fabinho, Joao Moutinho; Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dirar Martial; Dimitar Berbatov.

20:30 Monaco's Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco is having treatment on a bruised right thigh while their France defender Layvin Kurzawa is also being treated for bruised quadriceps.

20:00 But there will be very little similarity between that warm-up summer run-out and the real business of the Champions League on Wednesday.

19:30 They also won 1-0 at the Emirates last August when Radamel Falcao, now on loan at Manchester United, scored the only goal in the pre-season Emirates Cup tournament against the hosts.

19:00 Monaco head to Arsenal buoyed by their 1-0 derby win at Nice on Friday which sees them fourth in Ligue 1 with just one defeat in their last 17 matches in all competitions.

18:30 Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping for a goalscoring return against his former arch-enemies Arsenal, as he is still remembered for the 46 goals he scored for Tottenham during a two-year spell at White Hart Lane.

18:00 The French coach said: "I am happy that Monaco is back at the top level, for the rest I am for 18 years the manager of Arsenal Football Club and focused on just qualifying for the quarter-finals, against a good side."

16:30 Wenger's response made it clear romantic reflections on his past relationships came a distant second to keeping his players focused on their battle to finish in the Premier League's top four had been consuming all his waking hours

16:00 But this last 16, first leg clash at the Emirates Stadium will be Wenger's first competitive clash with Monaco, prompting questions about whether he has fond memories of his time at the Stade Louis II

15:00 The Gunners were beaten by Monaco in a pre-season match before the current campaign, when a goal from Radamel Falcao, now on loan at Manchester United, gave Leonardo Jardim's side a 1-0 victory in the Emirates Cup

14:15 Yet, since leaving the French Riviera after being sacked in 1994, Wenger, now in his 19th year in charge at Arsenal, has rarely come into contact with the team where he spent his formative years as a coach

13:00 Wenger made his name as a manager during a successful seven-year spell at Monaco, which included leading them to the Ligue 1 title in 1988, winning the French Cup three years later and finishing as runners-up in the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup.

12:00 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he hasn't been wasting any time on nostalgic reminiscences ahead of his reunion with former club Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday


Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:45 Cairo time (19:45 GMT)


Venue: Arsenal Stadium (London)

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)

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