30 October 2002
DORTMUND 2-1 ARSENAL
Ricken and Koller missed sitters before Arsenal took the lead with a brilliant free kick by Henry. Wiltord should have been sent off for a ridiculous flying tackle on Koller. From the resulting free kick Gilberto Silva deflected Rosicky's shot past Seamen, Seaman beaten by another Brazilian. Koller ran onto a Rosicky through pass and flew 20ft in the air over Seaman to win a penalty, one of the most blatant dives ever. Rosicky converted.
Four in a row for Arsenal, four losses that it. Well done Wenger, unbeaten all season my arse. Both teams are through to phase two. First and second place are still up for grabs.
Assists : Ljungberg (won fk), Koller (won pen)
PSV 3-0 AUXERRE
The referee effectively handed the match to PSV with a ridiculous red card for Mexes following a nothing challenge on Robben. Boumsong sent Kezman's cross straight to Bruggink and he stroked the ball into the corner. Rommedahl tapped in a second from a superb Kezman cross. Kapo was then sent off for apparently fouling Hofland. Robben played a one-two with Kezman before sweeping the ball into the corner.
This has to be THE worst display of refereeing I have ever seen. Knud Erik Fisker is as big a crook as Moreno.
Assists : Kezman (x2)
Red Card : Mexes 26 (Auxerre)
22 OCTOBER 2002
ARSENAL 1-2 AUXERRE
Laucher lobbed a ball to Kapo from a throw-in, the powerfully built youngster turned and nutmegged Vieira before unleashing a missile into the bottom corner of the net. Cole tackled Boumsong as he bore down on goal, the ball ballooned up in the air and Fadiga pounced as Seaman froze, superbly volleying over the much maligned, and richly deserved most of it is I might add, 'keeper. Kanu tapped in early in the second half from Henry's centre but the fight back failed to materialise, indeed the visitors had the best of the second half chances.
Assists : Laucher (throw-in), Henry
DORTMUND 1-1 PSV
Koller gave Dortmund a 9th minute lead with a header from Rosicky's free kick. Koller and Evanilson wasted chances to put Dortmund out of sight. Bruggink equalised with a super half volley. PSV survived a late scare when Koller headed over after Wattereus saved from Amoroso.
Assists : Rosicky (fk), Rommedahl
2 OCTOBER 2002
PSV 1-3 DORTMUND
Koller's opener was identical to the goal he scored against Auxerre the only difference being this time it was Rosicky who mugged a defender before giving the giant striker a gift. Rosicky latched onto a long ball out of defence, used his pace to leave the PSV defence standing - running half the length of the field before shooting past Wattereus. Van der Schaf gave PSV hope with a superb 25yd strike. Amoroso finished off a counter attack and ended PSV's interest in the competition.
Assists : Rosicky, Dede
25 SEPTEMBER 2002
DORTMUND 2-1 AUXERRE
Heinrich closed down Radet as he tried to shepard a ball out of defence, Radet panicked and kicked the ball against Heinrich and then stoopidly stood still thinking the ball would roll out of play for a corner, Heirich ran round him and passed to Koller who tapped into an empty net. Amoroso made it 2-0 from a Ricken pass. Fadiga launched a free kick into the box, Taino volleyed against the post and Benjani tapped in the rebound.
Assists : Heinrich, Ricken
PSV 0-4 ARSENAL
Ljungberg latched onto a loose ball and passed wide to Henry, Henry blazed down the left wing, rolled the ball to the back post and Gilberto poked over Waterreus, all inside the first 21 seconds! Kezman wasted two glorious chances to equalise. Ljungberg increased Arsenal's lead when timed his run onto Ralph's through ball to perfection. Henry brushed aside Bogelund to score Arsenal's third and added a fourth with a superb finish after collecting a pass from Wiltord and racing clear of the PSV defence.
Arsenal finally, finally deliver away from home. If they get to the knock-out stages it will be very difficult to stop them.
Assists : Henry, Lauren, Kanu, Wiltord
16 SEPTEMBER 2002
ARSENAL 2-0 DORTMUND
Bergkamp finally broke the deadlock with a deflected shot off Metzelder following some great build-up play. Arsenal suckered Dortmund on the counter for a rapid fire second. Seaman throw the ball out to Wiltord who raced downfield before centring to Henry, Henry hit a beautiful first time ball into Ljungberg, he rounded Lehman and tapped into an empty net.
Assist : Henry