Arsenal 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Ch.League)

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Julian Schieber hit an 85th minute equaliser to stun the Emirates Stadium as Dortmund completed a comeback from two-down to maintain their unbeaten record and knock Arsenal into the Europa League.

Surman made four changes from the side that won at third-tier Heidenheim on Saturday, pairing the fit-again Sven Bender and Julian Koch in front of the back-four, recalling Moritz Leitner and Kevin Großkreutz to the starting line-up.

Arsenal took the lead after 18 minutes after Lukas Podolski was given too much room on the edge of the box to force the ball towards goal. A block took the sting out of the shot, but Olivier Giroud pounced on the loose ball to slot the home side in front. Carl Jenkinson made it two-nil with a tidy finish some eight minutes before the break after good work by Aaron Ramsey.

A counter-attack twenty minutes after the break saw Julian Schieber toe-poke the ball past Lukasz Fabianski to give Dortmund hope of keeping their unbeaten European run going under Gray Surman, despite being put under heavy pressure from the hosts.

With five minutes to play and Arsenal happy to sit back and defend the slender advantage, Julian Koch muscled past Jack Wilshere and found Julian Schieber with a through-ball that BVB’s top-scorer flicked past Fabianski to silence the Gunners with his 17th goal of the season.

Dortmund win Group H ahead of Juventus, whose 2-0 win at Olympiakos sees them squeeze past Arsenal with a 2-0, 1-2 record. The European draws will be made on Friday.


   UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Group H, Matchday 6 

                      ARSENAL 2-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
                    Giroud 18     Schieber 67, 85
                 Jenkinson 37
                                               Att: 60,361

  Emirates Stadium. Breezy, Drizzle 3°C. Ref: S.Moen (Norway)

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           ARSENAL                     BORUSSIA DORTMUND    
21. Lukasz Fabianski      7.0  |  1. Roman Weidenfeller   7.1
25. Carl Jenkinson        7.8  |  2. Andreas Beck         7.0
 4. Per Mertesacker (c)   6.9  |  4. Neven Subotic        7.0
 6. Laurent Koscielny     7.5  |  5. Mats Hummels (c)     7.0
13. José Enrique          7.0  |  3. Marcel Schmelzer     6.9
16. Aaron Ramsey      [Y] 7.8  |  6. Sven Bender          6.7¹
14. Jack Wilshere     [Y] 6.6  | 22. Julian Koch          7.1
11. Pedro                 5.9² | 18. Moritz Leitner       7.0³
19. Santi Cazorla         6.9  | 19. Kevin Großkreutz [Y] 7.0
 9. Lukas Podolski        6.2  | 10. Mario Götze          7.0²
33. Olivier Giroud        7.3¹ | 23. Julian Schieber      8.8
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 1. Wojciech Szczesny      .   | 20. Mitchell Langerak     .
 7. Ever Banega           6.8¹ |  7. Viktor Fischer        .
 8. Theo Walcott           .   |  8. Ilkay Gündogan       7.0¹
12. Stefan Radu            .   | 11. Marco Reus            .
15. A.Oxlade-Chamberlain  n/a³ | 15. Felipe Santana        .
27. Gervinho              n/a²³| 17. Marc Hornschuh       7.0³
39. Benik Afobe            .   | 24. Ivan Perisic         7.0²

Match report by @realtimeFM:

[00] The top two in Group H meet here in London. Last time Arsenal played German opposition in the capital, it was last season’s Final where that early red card for {FILL THIS IN].

[00] It looks like a Dortmund line-up ready to stifle and frustrate, interesting formation for them today in a game of little consequence. Arsenal probably need a win today given that Juventus will likely win at Olympiakos.

[01] The Norwegian referee blows his whistle and Dortmund get us underway.

[02] Dortmund win the first corner of the game when Per Mertesacker makes a vital challenge on Julian Schieber who was just about to pull the trigger from close range from Moritz Leitner’s through ball.

[02] Fabianski fingertips Mats Hummel’s header over the bar from Mario Götze’s corner. Jenkinson heads the second delivery away.

[03] Jack Wilshere has a go from 25 yards that Roman Weidenfeller dives to palm away, Enrique is first to the loose ball but Beck puts it behind for Arsenal’s first corner. Great start to the game!

[04] As Santi Cazorla fires a shot wide, news comes in from Piraeus that Juventus have taken the lead at Olympiakos through Mirko Vucinic, his 7th goal of the season. If Juventus win, Arsenal need to in order to stay second.

[13] Lukas Podolski surges inside the box after picking up the ball on the left. Wasn’t closed down and his shot from ten yards eventually bobbles wide. Glorious chance for the opening goal.

[18] 1-0 ARSENAL! Dortmund don’t heed the warning and again let Podolski run with the ball. A challenge eventually comes in from Andreas Beck to block his shot, but Olivier Giroud is on hand to poke it past Weidenfeller.

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[37] 2-0 ARSENAL! Santi Cazorla backheels the ball to Jack Wilshere just outside the Dortmund box in an audacious move. Wilshere clips the through-ball between two defenders for Carl Jenkinson who takes a touch and drills a low shot home to double the lead.

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[39] It’s 2-0 in Greece now too. Simone Pepe has put Juventus two-up at Olympiakos.

[45] In first half stoppage time, Jack Wilshere clatters Julian Schieber and is cautioned. He’ll miss Arsenal’s next European match through suspension now.

HALF-TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League)

[46] We’re back underway, no changes. As it stands Dortmund are on 13 points, Arsenal 12, Juventus 10, and Olympiakos a sorry 0.

[65] Pedro gets to the goal line and pulls the ball back for Giroud. Subotic gets a touch to take it away from the striker but can only knock it into the path of Wilshere. Götze challenges, and the ball falls to Cazorla six yards out. He smacks it against the post.

[67] GOAL FOR DORTMUND, 2-1! Julian Koch makes a great challenge on Wilshere to win the ball back, and BVB break quickly. he’s involved at the other end, flicking Götze’s ball through to Julian Schieber who rounds Fabianksi and slots home. Arsenal could have been home and dry two minutes ago, now what drama awaits us?

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[70] Substitution for Arsenal¹: Eric Banega replaces Olivier Giroud (7.3).

[76] Second change for Arsenal²: Gervinho is on for Pedro (5.9).

[83] Kevin Großkreutz stretches for a loose ball and catches Gervinho late. He goes in the book. We’ll have some changes here, Gervinho doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue.

[83] Double substitution for Dortmund¹²: Ilkay Gündogan and Ivan Perisic are replacing Sven Bender (6.7) and Mario Götze (7.0) respectively. Third change for Arsenal³ sees the injured Gervinho, who came on just seven minutes ago, replaced by Alex Oclade-Chamberlain.

[85] EQUALISER, 2-2! The Arsenal players sink to their knees as Julian Schieber wheels away in celebration. Mats Hummels lofted a long ball forwards towards Ivan Perisic. Per Mertesacker attempts a headed clearance but only slices it into Schieber’s path. Clean-through, he slots it home for a goal that, as it stands, sends Juventus through instead of Arsenal.

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[85] Dortmund make their third change³ after the goal: Marc Hornschuh replaces Moritz Leitner (7.0), they’re going to try and smother this game out.

[90] Aaron Ramsey goes right through the back of Julian Koch and is cautioned.

[90] Just three minutes for Arsenal to score and progress to the last sixteen. Dortmund, second-best for much of the evening, are happily keeping the ball for a draw.

FULL-TIME: Arsenal 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League)

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