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the jewel of Galeno, the Guners shot blanks… the tops and the flops

Par Maël Chétien

Published yesterday at 11:51 p.m., Updated 3 hours ago

Galeno surprised Odegaard and his band. REUTERS / PETER NUNES / Action Images via Reuters / PETER CZIBORRA

Porto surprised Arsenal at the end of added time thanks to a sumptuous goal from Galeno (1-0). Find out what caught the editorial attention.

TOPS

Galen a allumé la lumière

Galeno was the only ray of sunshine during these long and painful 90 minutes. However, he initially failed in the first period. In two stages, he hit the post, then missed the target on the only very clear chance of the match, until the last minute… The Gunners block is unbalanced © after Martinelli lost the ball, and Galeno took the opportunity to advance alone in front of the area, before curling a sumptuous strike into Raya’s small net, brilliant. It was a long wait, but this goal was worth it.

Pepe, (almost) 41 years old and all his teeth

Yes we are talking about Pepe, the one from Real Madrid who many think no longer plays football. This evening again, and against a European leader in the round of 16 of the Champions League, the Portuguese delivered. The Dragaos captain led his defense to a clean sheet, being almost flawless in the duels, and even in the restart. On February 26, Pepe will celebrate his 41st birthday. He has already given himself quite a gift, with a prestigious victory against Arsenal in the most beautiful competition.

FLOPS

Gunners lacking ammunition

Saka, Martinelli, Trossard, Havertz and Odegaard, these five made Arsenal happy in their last two victories 5 and 6-0 (against West Ham and Burnley). But in Porto, the five Gunners were out of fuel facing the wall erected in front of Diogo Costa’s cage. Lacking inspiration, the wingers refused to play 1 against 1 in the opposing final third and lacked the madness to light the fuse of the cannon on the Arsenal coat of arms. In 90 minutes, the London attackers did not target a single shot. They could have played for a long time without finding the crack in a well-protected Portuguese fortress.

10 corners, 10 échecs …

In a match where Arsenal failed to worry their opponent, it was only the saved kicks that could have smiled on Arteta’s men. And that’s good, since this season corners and free kicks are one of their great strengths. But this European night was an exception. 10 times from corners, and a few others from free kicks, the combination remained the same, Saka, Odegaard and Rice insisted at length, in vain. They constantly looked for the far post, and the heads of Saliba and Gabriel marked in the pants by Otavio and Pepe. Diogo Costa remained vigilant, and just had to take the opposing crosses by hand. No questioning appeared, and the English persisted in attempting this scheme.

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