Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Arsenal Advances in Thriller -- Arsenal defeated Bolton in a FA Cup match that was much closer than it had any right to be. It's been that kind of year for Arsenal, although tonight's game was a off a slightly different script, since Arsenal did not have to battle from behind. Adebayor put Arsenal ahead, early in the first half. During the second half, Arsenal missed some fantastic opportunities to ice the affair. The first was a missed penalty shot by Gilberto, followed later by an Adebayor's "how did he miss moment?" Adebayor took a long pass for a breakaway, dribbled around the Bolton 'keeper, and then, with a wide open net, hit the post.

Given new life, Bolton fought on, and leveled the score, with a goal in the 92nd minute. Bolton had gained a corner kick. When the ball found it's way in front of the goal, Meite knocked it past the Arsenal goalie, forcing an overtime. Early in the second fifteen minute period, Ljundberg scored to put Arsenal on top. Bolton had an opportunity to once again tie the score, but Anelka put the ball over the bar. Arsenal then missed yet another chance to ice the game, missing another penalty shot. However, playing down a man, Bolton could not muster another shot at goal -- Finally, Adebayor finished scored the third Arsenal goal, deep into stoppage time, for a hard fought 3-1 win.

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