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Porto vs Arsenal LIVE: Champions League result and reaction as Galeno wins it with late goal

Porto 1-0 Arsenal: The Gunners suffer defeat after a superb late strike from Galeno

Michael Jones
Wednesday 21 February 2024 22:21 GMT
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Arsenal suffered a heartbreaking stoppage time goal to see them lose 1-0 to Porto in a dull affair in Portugal meaning they need to come from behind at the Emirates in the second leg to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Porto have a strong record at home against Arsenal and from the off looked determined to break up the Gunners’ flow and rhythm. It was a stop-start match throughout with Porto creating the better chances as Galeno hit the post and volleyed wide of goal in the same first half attack.

With 10 minutes or so to go Arsenal looked to shut up shop and cling onto the draw - which would have been an okay result - but some sloppy play in stoppage time saw them lose possession and allowed Galeno to drive forward before whipping a wonderful finish past David Raya to earn the hosts a win.

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Porto 0-0 Arsenal

29 mins: Gabriel Martinelli is being marked by two players whenever he gets the ball. He’s not been able to run at Joao Mario yet and hasn’t get in behind.

It’s part of a gameplan from Porto which is working very effectively indeed.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:30

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

26 mins: Arsenal, who have recently been very good at set pieces, are being bullied by the Porto defenders.

Bukayo Saka swings a cross into the middle of the six yard box but the goalkeeper claims it easily as none of the Arsenal attackers can break free of their markers.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:28

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

22 mins: Chance!

Porto should be in front. They attack down the right again and pull the ball back into the middle. Galeno darts ahead of William Saliba before whipping a shot into the far post.

The rebound comes back to the forward who then volleys a second effort wide of the near post and jogs away in disbelief.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:23

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

21 mins: Joao Mario injects a bit of pace into Porto’s attack as he makes an overlapping run and collects the ball down the right flank.

The defender takes on Jakub Kiwior before looking for a cross. Kiwior gets the block in and the ball loops into the air where David Raya is left with the simplest of catches.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:21

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

18 mins: Declan Rice swings the free kick into the box but Diogo Costa comes off his line to punch the ball clear without too much trouble.

Porto then attempt to fly forward down the left but Nico Gonzalez runs the ball out of play.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:18

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

15 mins: Ben White whips a lovely switch of play over to the left wing where Kai Havertz brings the ball under control. He sends it back to Martin Odegaard who is brought down by Pepe for an Arsenal free kick.

There’s a conversation as Arsenal set up the set piece.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:16

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

12 mins: For a team as flowy and exciting as Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal the early stages of this match have been anything but. It’s slow, steady, and without much intensity.

Passes and being moved across the pitch but there’s no urgency from either team.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:13

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

9 mins: Francisco Conceicao receives the ball and looks to turn into space in midfield. He’s clipped by Leandro Trossard and the pressure eases up on the hosts as they win a free kick.

Arsenal are dominating possession but haven’t done much with it.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:11

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

6 mins: Arsenal are trying to shift Porto up the pitch as the home side seem wary in these opening stages. They’re sat deeper than the Gunners’ pacey wingers would like and there’s not much space in behind yet.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:07

Porto 0-0 Arsenal

3 mins: Declan Rice lunges into a tackle on Galeno who attempts to weave down the line. Rice catches the forward and brings him down which also earns the midfielder the first yellow card of the match.

Mike Jones21 February 2024 20:03

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