Champions League – Goalless draw at Emirates
Eurosport – Thu, 21 Feb 09:38:00 2008
Arsenal and Milan played out a goalless draw in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Chances were at a premium in North London with Emmanuel Adebayor hitting the crossbar with a header deep into injury-time.
Arsene Wenger’s side probed for a breakthrough in the second-half with Cesc Fabregas at the centre of all their best things but the teams will return to the San Siro in 13 days time all-square.
By then 39-year-old Maldini has already forced Lehmann to claw his near post header away from danger following Clarence Seedorf‘s corner.
Adebayor spurned a golden chance three minutes before half-time when he created space for himself on the edge of the penalty area only to over hit his intended pass to Fabregas and that was the final meaningful action of the opening period.
Arsenal were brighter after the break with Fabregas’ corner inadvertently bouncing off Kaka and going narrowly past the post before Alexander Hleb cut inside Massimo Oddo and teed up Emmanuel Eboue who dragged a decent opportunity past the far post.
Hleb then smuggled the ball through to Adebayor who calmly slotted the ball into the net only to be correctly adjudged offside before Kalac tipped Eduardo’s effort over the crossbar.
Arsenal survived a goalmouth scramble with Philippe Senderos doing just enough to deny Brazilian prodigy Alexandre Pato before Kalac got down well to his right to hold Fabregas’ fizzing drive from 20 yards.
The Gunners continued to press in the final 15 minutes with Kalac making routine saves from
Fabregas again and Adebayor while Eboue was booked for going down easily in the penalty area after the slightest contact from Marek Jankulovski.
The defending champions finally had their second effort on goal, 81 minutes after their first, but Lehmann was alert to sub Gilardino’s flick.
But the biggest drama was yet to come as 15 seconds from time, substitute Theo Walcott‘s teasing cross from the right was planted against the woodwork from the Premier League’s joint top scorer from no more than three yards.