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Arsenal clinch dramatic Champions League quarter-final spot in penalty shootout thriller against Porto

Posted : 13 March 2024

In the thrilling Round of 16 match of the Champions League, Arsenal hosted Porto at the Emirates Stadium after trailing 1-0 from the first leg, eventually clinching victory in a nail-biting penalty shootout with a 0-1 scoreline at full time and a 2-4 result from the spot.


The Gunners dominated the early proceedings, creating numerous chances through players like Ben White, Bukayo Saka, and Martin Ødegaard. Despite Porto's Evanielson coming close to scoring, it was Arsenal who broke the deadlock in the 41st minute when Ødegaard delivered a sublime cross for Leandro Trossard to convert, giving Arsenal the lead going into halftime.


Arsenal continued their attacking intent in the second half, with Saka, Ødegaard, and substitute Gabriel Jesus threatening Porto's goal. Despite their efforts, the match remained deadlocked after 90 minutes, leading to extra time as both teams searched for a winner.


Extra time saw both teams pushing for victory, but neither could find the breakthrough, leading to a tense penalty shootout. Arsenal held their nerve, with Ødegaard, Kai Havertz, Saka, and Reyes converting their penalties, while goalkeeper David Raya made crucial saves to deny Wendel and Galeno, sealing Arsenal's place in the Champions League quarter-finals.


Arsenal's victory extends their impressive run, with eight consecutive league wins and a top spot in the Premier League, while Porto, despite their European disappointment, remains in good form domestically, aiming to focus on their upcoming fixture against Wisla in the Portuguese league.


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