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Champions League: Arsenal beat Porto on penalties

... David Raya saves two spot-kicks

by Maryam Olaniyi
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Arsenal reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010 after beating Porto in a penalty shootout following a night of tension at Emirates Stadium.

David Raya was the hero, saving two spot-kicks as Arsenal beat Porto 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals after their last-16 tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.

Leandro Trossard, in for the injured Gabriel Martinelli on the left-hand side of Arsenal’s attack, levelled the tie up after the scoring four minutes before half-time with a low finish into the far corner after being found by Martin Odegaard’s delicious, disguised pass.

The Gunners went into this last-16 second leg 1-0 down but drew level when Leandro Trossard put them ahead on the night four minutes before the interval with a smooth finish following brilliant work by captain Martin Odegaard.

A scrappy, fractious encounter failed to yield a winner even after extra time and it was Arsenal who held their nerve to go through to the last eight.

Odegaard, Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice were all on target for Arsenal but Wendell missed for Porto before David Raya’s save from Galeno sealed victory for Mikel Arteta’s side amid scenes of wild celebration.

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