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Save for the opening 15 minutes, the Gunners dominated AC Milan, at times into submission. But it wasn’t until the 84th minute that the Arsenal – after missing several easy chances – struck courtesy of Cesc Fabregas’ 25 yard seeing eye strike which had no chance of being stopped. Fabregas had earlier hit the crossbar and Senderos, Walcott and Eboue had all missed excellent chances to score and bury the Italians. Late on it felt like this was going to be one of those wasteful performances that has sometimes plagued this Arsenal squad, but the young Gunners found it within themselves to strike while the metal was hot. Fabregas is the hero of the night as Arsenal progress into the quarter finals of the Champions League. Emmanuel Adebayor dispatched Milan with an injury time strike setup by Theo Walcott who took full advantage of a desperate AC Milan squad that was hopelessly trying to score twice with minutes remaining.
The game wasn’t without controversy, Hleb was given a yellow card for diving when the replay showed a clear infraction on the part of the Milan defender. Several harsh yellow cards, a questionable offside against Eboue and in general a referee that looked to give home-field advantage had to be overcome for Arsenal to progress.
The atmosphere in the arena was electric and tensions were mounting late in the second half when it became clear that the first goal would prove to be the decisive one. As AC Milan stepped on their back foot, Arsenal continued to press and ask questions of the Milan defense and ultimately broke through, very much deservedly.
2 Nil to The Arsenal.
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