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Arsenal Triumph in Thrilling Champions League Victory over Porto

Arsenal secured a thrilling victory over Porto in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie, winning 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time. The match took place at the Emirates Stadium on March 12, 2024.

The game saw Leandro Trossard scoring the opening goal for Arsenal in the 41st minute, giving them the lead. However, Porto fought back, with Martin Ødegaard equalizing in the 121st minute, sending the match into extra time. Despite both teams’ efforts, the score remained level at 1-1 after extra time, leading to a penalty shootout.

In the penalty shootout, Arsenal emerged victorious, converting four of their penalties compared to Porto’s two. David Raya, Arsenal’s goalkeeper, played a crucial role in the shootout, saving two spot kicks, including the final penalty from Galeno, who scored Porto’s stunning injury-time goal in the first leg.

With this win, Arsenal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, breaking a streak of seven failed attempts to progress beyond the round of 16. The Gunners will now face Manchester City, the defending champions and Premier League leaders, in the next round.

Bukayo Saka, an Arsenal player, expressed his excitement about the team’s progress and the upcoming match against Manchester City. He stated, “We are top of the league and into the quarterfinal of the Champions League – that gives us a lot of belief that we can go to Manchester City and get a result. These are the games we dream of playing in, and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Overall, the match between Arsenal and Porto was a thrilling encounter, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams. Arsenal’s victory on penalties was a testament to their resilience and determination to succeed in the Champions League.

Stay tuned for more updates on Arsenal’s journey in the UEFA Champions League and their upcoming clash with Manchester City in the quarterfinals. Follow Al Jazeera for the latest news and updates on football and other sports events.

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