Thursday, 7 November 2013

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal recap: Gunners triumph in Germany PLUS Chelsea beat Schalke

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal recap: Gunners triumph in Germany PLUS Chelsea beat Schalke

And Sunderland stun Southampton in the Capital One Cup on a busy night of football across Europe. See how it all panned out here
10:06 pm
That's that from us tonight on another famous night in Arsene Wenger's Arsenal reign.
Make sure to keep your eyes on Mirror Football over the next hour for all the reaction from tonight's Champions League ties.
And join us again tomorrow as we head onto Europa League action.
For now, good night.
10:01 pm
And here's John Cross's first take from Dortmund as Arsenal complete incredible win.
Just what Arsene Wenger's side needed ahead of Sunday's match at Old Trafford.
Plus - Martin Lipton reports on a Chelsea win as a Samuel Eto'o double help beat Schalke.
9:39 pm
Here's the reaction we've all been waiting for.
It's Gary Lineker.
9:38 pm
Andy Dawson
And here's Andy Dawson's response:
Lemmy! Robert Plant! Francis Rossi! Bruce Dickinson! Ozzy Osbourne!
The one-armed drummer out of Def Leppard! James Hetfield! Alice Cooper! Can you hear me, Alice Cooper?
Your heavy metal boys took one hell of a beating! Your heavy metal boys took one hell of a beating!
9:37 pm
And they've done it!!
What a win for Arsenal, superb. Wenger punches the air in delight,
Ramsey's 11th goal of the season does it.
Chelsea full-time, too. 3-0.
9:35 pm
Arsenal are keeping the ball down in the Dortmund corner. 37 seconds to go.
Even Wenger is getting animated.
9:32 pm
And that was nearly the equaliser.
Short corner is crossed to Lewandowski, who heads over from six yards.
Good pressure from Szczesny.
Meanwhile, Wenger does his best to make it certain by bringing on, erm, Bendtner.
And Vermaelen replaces Rosicky.
9:30 pm
Meanwhile, Arsenal are camping just outside their box in a bid to keep Dortmund out.
But attack is the best form of defence and the Gunners tentatively push forward.
Still 1-0 to Gunners.
Sunderland go 2-0 up in Capital One Cup through Larsson, before Southampton pull one back almost immediately. Yoshida with the reply.
Is there enough time?
9:25 pm
And Chelsea have sealed victory through Demba Ba, who finishes well on the swivel. All smiles at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Messi makes it 3-1 for Barcelona and Diego Coasta 4-0 for Atletico Madrid.
9:22 pm
Arsenal will feel aggrieved not to have a penalty awarded there.
Koscielny is absolutely CLATTERED by Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller.
And it's a goal-kick!
Unbelievable. Ten minutes remain.
9:20 pm
Andy Dawson
More from Andy Dawson:
The cult of Klopp is unraveling before our very eyes here. His heavy metal group is no more than a dodgy pub band, belting out covers of All Right Now and Stairway To Heaven, their swollen, hairy belly buttons being exposed from under their faded T-shirts as they try and fail to pull off a series of increasingly-lame rock poses.
Jurgen Klopp? Herr Hipster?
He’s nothing more than a Teutonic Aidy Boothroyd.
9:19 pm
And Nacho Monreal replaces Santi Cazorla for Arsenal.
Perhaps a sign that the Gunners are ready to shut up shop and hold on for the win.
15 to go, and things going well.
Meanwhile, Napoli are 3-2 up against Marseille. And it's Higuain again.
9:16 pm
Corner Dortmund, but Arsenal manage to clear.
And then comes the possession play from Wenger's side. Possibly their best of the match.
Sagna plays a long ball through, but Giroud is flagged offside.
Meanwhile, Hofmann and Aubameyang replace Bender and Blaszczykowski.
9:12 pm
And it's nearly two for the Gunners!
Mertesacker's looping header just clears Weidenfeller's goal.
Dortmund are a threat on the break, though, so it's no surprise to see them burst forward shortly afterwards.
Around 20 minutes to go - can Wenger's side hold on for a famous win?
9:11 pm
Andy Dawson
Meanwhile, Andy Dawson has turned his attentions elsewhere:
I’m not going to lie to you – I missed the first 20 minutes of the second half because I was drafted in to read a few of Roald Dahl’s The Twits to my son.
It was the bit where the Roly Poly Bird arrives and stops the other birds from sitting on the gluey branch and ending up in Mr Twit’s bird pie.
Did I miss anything?
9:09 pm
Incredibly Dortmund miss the easiest chance to level, before Ramsey chests the ball down at the other end but has his shot saved.
The Gunners have a header shot saved on the line, while Mertesacker nearly heads in.
Phew! Arsenal suddenly dominating play.
But beware of Dortmund.
Further good news for Wenger - Thauvin has levelled things up at Napoli. 2-2.
9:04 pm
Goal disallowed again for the home side because of offside.
Dortmund edge closer to an opening goal, but it wasn't to be.
But hold on! Arsenal go up the other end and SCORE!! Their first shot on goal.
And who's there to head in from six yards after Giroud headed back across goal?
It's Aaron Ramsey! AGAIN!
9:01 pm
Sagna clatters into Schmelzer, almost knocking his head off.
But the Dortmund star manages to recover. Well, just about.
And a goaaaaaaaal at Sunderland!
It's gone to the home side - Phil Bardsley puts the Black Cats in with a good shout of the quarter-finals.
8:56 pm
Samuel Eto'o gives the Special One more to cheer about with a second goal.
Tricky November? Pah!
Eto'o breaks forward and finds the bottom corner with a fine finish.
That one looks done and dusted, even at 2-0.
8:55 pm
Andy Dawson
More from Andy Dawson here:
Herr Hipster recently described his team’s style of play as ‘heavy metal football’ but it’s been reminiscent of Status Quo in the first half – less like vintage Quo such as Whatever You Want and more like the risible Marguerita Time.
He promised us ‘what we call in German 'English football': rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks.’
Right now, I could happily do four weeks without WATCHING any more football. Klopp needs to send his boys out in patch-covered double denim and reeking of halitosis if he wants to win this one.
8:54 pm
Dortmund break forward, Arsenal's defence part ways, but Reus is offside as he knocks it in.
Even nervier times for the Gunners.
Meanwhile, goal for Ajax! Follow that one here.
8:52 pm
Arsenal have been very quiet up top.
Even home boy Mesut Ozil has cut a very quiet figure in the first 50 minutes.
Fine save from Szczesny keeps the Gunners in it from a Reus header.
Nervy times for the Gunners.
8:47 pm
The teams are back out.
And we're off!
Immediately Dortmund have a free-kick as Giroud puts his body about.
8:36 pm
Those half-times in full:
  • Basel 0-1 Steaua Bucharest
  • Chelsea 1-0 Schalke
  • Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Arsenal
  • Napoli 2-1 Marseille
  • Atletico Madrid 3-0 FK Austria Vienna
  • Ajax 0-0 Celtic
  • Barcelona 2-1 AC Milan
And in the Capital One Cup, it's still Sunderland 0-0 Southampton.
8:33 pm
Half-time in Dortmund, and Arsenal have survived the first 45 minutes with only a couple of concerns.
However, Arsene Wenger will be a little worried his side haven't created too much.
Elsewhere, Eto'o's goal helps Chelsea lead at the break against Schalke.
And Atletico are now 3-0 up through Kasmirski Filipe Luis's goal.
Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea celebrates with Jose Mourinho
Clive Rose
8:29 pm
Lewandowski comes close again - but not close enough.
His driven shot goes well wide of Szczesny's goal.
Dortmund have certainly had the best chances, but Arsenal are holding strong. For now.
8:26 pm
Second goal of the night for Barcelona and it's Sergio Busquets with the goal.
It's shaping up to be a very good night for the Spanish giants.
Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski is given a yellow for bringing down Ramsey.
One-all on that front.
8:23 pm
Henrik Mkhitaryan has a peach of an opportunity for Dortmund, but somehow manages to shin it wide of the Arsenal goal.
What a let off that is for the Gunners.
0-0 - seven minutes to play.
8:22 pm
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have gone two up, while Messi puts Barcelona ahead against AC Milan.
Meanwhile, Arteta looks to be on a final warning for Arsenal after criticising the referee's decision.
Now that would be problematic for Arsene Wenger's side.
Wenger must be feeling the heat this evening... he's not got his sleeping bag jacket on.
8:18 pm
Samuel Eto'o puts Chelsea 1-0 up with daylight robbery.
Schalke goalkeeper Hildebrand takes an age to clear the ball, allowing the Chelsea striker to block it and finish.
It's as easy as that.
8:16 pm
Andy Dawson
And this from Twitter's Profanity Swan:
I’ve been disappointed by this Dortmund team as fielded by Jurgen Klopp or ‘Herr Hipster’ as I believe he is known to some.
All I’ve seen so far has been the standard running, kicking and jumping that you would expect to see from a Football 1.0 side like Walsall or Partick Thistle.
Where is the brave new way of doing things that I’ve been seduced by after reading countless interviews with Herr Hipster?
I was standing on my sofa and punching the air two weeks ago when he ranted and raved at Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, calling for a footballing revolution and the overthrowing of the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Basel.
This stinks.
8:15 pm
How on earth was that not a yellow card?
Tomas Rosicky makes great strides forward but is cynically pulled back.
But where is a booking?
Not forthcoming, by the looks of it. Still goal-less.
8:12 pm
Blaszczykowski nearly clips one into the top corner, but fortunately for Arsenal it's well wide.
But Arsenal look to turn it around.
GOALS plural for Napoli, who have scored two in only three minutes.
Gokhan Inler with the first and former Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain with the second.
Now the pressure increases on Arsenal.
8:09 pm
Schurrle comes close for Chelsea over in west London, curling one just wide.
Meanwhile, Arsenal play some pretty football in Germany but without any attacking worry.
And Arteta receives a yellow for tugging on the shirt.
Terrible for the Gunners with 65 minutes still to play.
8:05 pm
Giroud complains as Arsenal are penalised for a tug back.
Meanwhile, that terrible BBC comedian Miranda has scored in Atletico Madrid.
And Ajax have a free-kick in a dangerous position against Celtic. Luckily it comes to nothing.
8:03 pm
Subotic nearly clips one in the corner as Mertesacker struggles to clear a corner.
The Gunners survive a scare.
No goals elsewhere, either, including in the big Capital One Cup tie.
7:58 pm
Corner for Arsenal, but it comes to nothing.
And Ozil is fed in but Dortmund clear well.
Still goal-less, but the Gunners starting to find their feet - and possession.
Meanwhile, Marseille are ahead in Napoli. And that would be very very good news for the Gunners.
7:50 pm
Ah, it's been raining in Dortmund.
So the old zippy, greasy lines are being used. Obviously we wouldn't resort to that kind of thing.
And Dortmund almost open the scoring.
Lewandowski was only a toe-poke away from opening things up. Luckily Mertesacker got there before him for Arsenal.
7:46 pm
And we're off!
Arsenal shooting from right to left, or left to right if you happen to be standing on the other side of the stadium and reading this.
Dortmund aren't always dominating in possession, so expect Arsenal to have plenty of the ball.
But Klopp's side are ridiculously dangerous on the break. Gripping stuff.
7:43 pm
The teams are out.
Arsenal in red, Dortmund in yellow. This is one of the great stages to play.
Will Arsenal be stepping up to it?
This is the big test.
7:40 pm
With only six or seven minutes until kick-off, here are a few words from Mr Klopp.
History isn't one of his favourite subjects, it appears.
“We actually believe that it is an advantage to play at home and, if we put all our quality on the pitch, we are very hard to play against. We are also very well prepared," he says.
“Even if we had won the last 70 games at home, it wouldn’t make any difference for tomorrow. It would be just history, just statistics, so therefore I wouldn’t say the 14 games [unbeaten] away are an advantage.”
Will they make it 15 tonight? We're about to find out.
7:30 pm
But most eyes will be on Arsenal tonight to see where Arsene Wenger's side are in terms of quality.
They've had a strong start to the league season, but can they do it against Europe's best?
Here's what happenedlast time out between the two sides.
Will Klopp have the Gunners' number again?
Betway is offering odds of 7/1 on both Chelsea and Arsenal to win tonight - click here to bet now.
7:25 pm
Sunderland and Southampton teams are also in, let us not forget.
And there's a very rare start for Wes Brown.
Artur Boruc gets a rest for Southampton, and Kelvin Davis steps in.
  • Sunderland:  Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Brown, O'Shea (C), Ki, Gardner, Colback, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore.
  • Subs: Cabral, Larsson, Fletcher, Cuellar, Borini, Mavrias, Dixon.
  • Southampton: K. Davis (c), Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Cork, Reed, S. Davis, Ramírez, Lee, Rodriguez.
  • Subs: Gazzaniga (GK), Clyne, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Isgrove, Stephens, Gallagher.
7:17 pm
And the team news is in!
Chelsea are without the injured Fernando Torres, but Samuel Eto'o starts instead.
And Arsenal are as you'd expect.
  • Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Mikel, Willian, Schurrle, Eto'o.
  • Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, Lampard, Mata, De Bruyne, Ba.
  • Schalke 04: Hildebrand, Aogo, Howedes, Uchida, Fuchs, Matip, Boateng, Draxler, Jones, Neustadter, Szalai.
  • Subs: Fahrmann, Hoogland, Felipe Santana, Kolasinac, Meyer, Clemens, Ayhan.
  • Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

  • Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Papastathopoulos, Subotic, Schmelzer, Sahin, Bender, Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Lewandowski.
  • Subs: Langerak, Kehl, Hofmann, Aubameyang, Kirch, Schieber, Durm.
  • Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Rosicky, Giroud.
  • Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Hayden.
  • Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
6:44 pm
Let's not forget our other ties this evening.
You can follow Ajax vs Celtic from Champions League Group H here.
The scene is also set on Wearside where Sunderland face Southampton in the Capital One Cup.
Goals as they happen right here.
6:40 pm
And here's Martin Lipton on why Jose Mourinhomust ensure that last Saturday's defeat at Newcastle doesn't lead to a wider November problem.
He writes: "For a side that can be devastating on the counter, in the transition phase, those are worrying statistics. Mourinho has to put them right as well as banish the ghost of Novembers past.
"After West Brom, it is a run of away days. West Ham, Basel, Sunderland and Stoke, with only one home game, against Southampton, in the middle of them. It is a big few weeks."
Schalke will almost certainly provide tough opposition this evening. Can Mourinho stop it becoming a problem?
Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during a Chelsea training session
Jose Mourinho trains this week
Getty Images
6:36 pm
And just to warm you up before tonight's game, why not have a glance at John Cross's piece about why you can't help but admire Dortmund and manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Gunners will be facing one of Europe's most intense atmospheres tonight at the Westfalenstadion with their Champions League knockout hopes not yet fulfilled.
Arsene Wenger's side top Group F, but have three very difficult ties ahead if they are to progress.
6:18 pm
Hello friends and welcome to this evening's Mirror Football coverage of Borussia Dortmund against Arsenal - and any other game you can find happening over the next few hours.
Arsene Wenger's side face the latest edition in their are-they-any-good series of games, with a tough Champions League tie in Germany - one that could prove critical as to whether they will reach the knockout stages of this competition.
But they're not the only one.
Chelsea are playing host to Schalke in Group E, while Barcelona and Celtic also feature.
AND we have Capital Cup One action as Sunderland face Southampton.
Phew! Strap yourselves in.

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