Galeno scores late winner as Porto stun Arsenal

21 February 2024 0 By Total Football News

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Galeno celebrates scoring for PortoGaleno struck late to win it for Porto against a lacklustre Arsenal side

Arsenal were stunned as Galeno scored in stoppage time to give Porto the advantage from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Brazilian winger took a few touches to set himself before curling a wonderful finish into the net, past the despairing full-stretch dive of David Raya.

Sergio Conceicao’s home side should have been ahead at the break after Galeno hit a shot off the post and somehow put the rebound wide.

That was a huge let-off for Arsenal, but Galeno made no mistake in the fourth added minute at the end of the game.

Nico Gonzalez’s powerful strike had earlier sailed over the bar as the home side tried to open the scoring in the first half.

The Gunners dominated possession but failed to have a single shot on target in the match, with William Saliba and Kai Havertz heading wide from corners.

The second leg will take place at Emirates Stadium on 12 March, when Arsenal will aim to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009-10.

Arsenal had plenty of set-piece opportunities but lacked a precise finish. From one of those situations, a corner from Declan Rice was met on the volley by Leandro Trossard who blazed over the bar.

Lacklustre Arsenal punished by streetwise Porto

Arsenal captain Martin OdegaardArsenal are just the fifth side to lose five successive knockout stage games in the Champions League

In their first Champions League knockout tie since 2017, Arsenal looked nervy and failed to show the dazzling form that has brought them 21 goals in their opening five Premier League games of the calendar year.

For only the second time on record (since 2003-04) the Gunners did not have a shot on target in a Champions League game, previously failing in such a way at Barcelona in the last 16 in March 2011.

Bukayo Saka was kept quiet by the Porto defence while Havertz put his headed chance off target as clear-cut openings were few and far between.

Mikel Arteta’s side were seemingly holding on for a draw but switched off right at the end and were duly punished by the brilliance of Galeno.

Porto sit third in the Liga Portugal, seven points behind Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, but they were always in control against Arsenal, who have yet to win at the Estadio do Dragao in four attempts, drawing once and now losing on three occasions.

The Gunners have won the first leg of just one of their last 12 two-legged knockout ties in the competition (D2, L9), losing each of the last seven first-leg matches.

Arsenal will need a much-improved performance in London next month if they are to ensure it is not eight successive last-16 eliminations from Europe’s top-tier competition.

Player of the match

GalenoGaleno

with an average of 7.61

FC Porto

  1. Squad number13Player nameGaleno

    Average rating

    7.61

  2. Squad number22Player nameVarela

    Average rating

    7.04

  3. Squad number10Player nameFrancisco Conceição

    Average rating

    6.87

  4. Squad number18Player nameWendell

    Average rating

    6.80

  5. Squad number16Player nameGonzález

    Average rating

    6.77

  6. Squad number29Player nameAntonio Martínez

    Average rating

    6.75

  7. Squad number30Player nameEvanilson

    Average rating

    6.75

  8. Squad number17Player nameJaime

    Average rating

    6.74

  9. Squad number11Player namePepê Aquino

    Average rating

    6.70

  10. Squad number3Player namePepe

    Average rating

    6.69

  11. Squad number99Player nameDiogo Costa

    Average rating

    6.67

  12. Squad number23Player nameJoão Mário

    Average rating

    6.60

  13. Squad number31Player nameOtávio

    Average rating

    6.54

  14. Squad number70Player nameGonçalo Borges

    Average rating

    6.53

  15. Squad number6Player nameEustáquio

    Average rating

    6.48

Arsenal

  1. Squad number41Player nameRice
    Average rating

    5.02

  2. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard
    Average rating

    4.98

  3. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
    Average rating

    4.61

  4. Squad number7Player nameSaka
    Average rating

    4.48

  5. Squad number2Player nameSaliba
    Average rating

    4.46

  6. Squad number4Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    4.41

  7. Squad number15Player nameKiwior
    Average rating

    4.41

  8. Squad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli
    Average rating

    4.29

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    4.25

  10. Squad number19Player nameTrossard
    Average rating

    4.22

  11. Squad number22Player nameRaya
    Average rating

    4.05

  12. Squad number20Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    4.03

Line-ups

FC Porto

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 99Diogo Costa
  • 23Neto Lopes
  • 3Pepe
  • 31Ataíde da Silva
  • 18WendellSubstituted forEustáquioat 90′minutes
  • 22Varela
  • 16GonzálezBooked at 62minsSubstituted forJaimeat 81′minutes
  • 10Fernandes da ConceiçãoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forAlbuquerque Borgesat 85′minutes
  • 11Aquino Cossa
  • 13Rodrigues do Nascimento Galeno
  • 30de Lima BarbosaSubstituted forMartínezat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cardoso
  • 6Eustáquio
  • 8Grujic
  • 14Morais Ramos
  • 15Sánchez
  • 17Jaime
  • 19Namaso
  • 20Russo Franco
  • 28Silva Baró
  • 29Martínez
  • 70Albuquerque Borges
  • 97da Silva Figueiredo Freitas

Arsenal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Raya
  • 4White
  • 2Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 15KiwiorBooked at 57mins
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 41RiceBooked at 2mins
  • 29HavertzBooked at 60mins
  • 7Saka
  • 19TrossardSubstituted forJorginhoat 74′minutes
  • 11Martinelli

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 20Jorginho
  • 21Fábio Vieira
  • 24Nelson
  • 25Elneny
  • 31Hein
  • 63Nwaneri
  • 73Sweet
  • 79Heaven
Referee:
Serdar Gözübüyük
Attendance:
49,111

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, FC Porto 1, Arsenal 0.

Second Half ends, FC Porto 1, Arsenal 0.