Emirates Cup – Day Two
Hamburg 3-0 Juventus
On a rain soaked day the second day kicked-off with Juventus facing Hamburg. The way the tournament was organised meant that a good result for the Germans could give Arsenal a chance of retaining the cup.
Hamburgstarted the game on the front foot and were rewarded with a goal after 20 minutes scored by Guerero, to great cheers from the Arsenal fans in the crowd. Toils as they could Juventus did not create any clear cut openings, in fact it was the Bundesliga team that should have added to their lead.
The game opened up in the second half, but Juventus were unable to break out of their defensive mentality.
Juventus played mostly on the break, but were vulnerable to any set-piece from Hamburg. A Juventus break found Salihamidzic, he failed to control the ball and soon Hamburg broke with Olicone-on-one with the Juventus keeper but he flicked the ball wide.
On the 75thminute a long ball found Iaquinta unmarked, but his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper failed and the follow-up short was cleared off the line. Juventus pushed on for the equaliser instead Hamburg, and Olic in particular, scored two goals in two minutes at the end of the game to give Hamburg a 3-0 victory.
The result left Hamburg on 7 points and Juventus with 4 points. For Arsenal to retain the trophy they need to beat Real Madrid by four clear goals, whilst a victory for Real Madrid will see the Spanish outfit take the trophy home.
Arsenal 1-0 Real Madrid
Arseneput out the big guns with the only absentees being Toure, Eduardo and Rosicky through injuries and Fabregas who was not ready. This was a time for Arsenal to show what they could do, for Walcott to run at defenders and for Adebayorto build bridges with the fans.
Before the game, Eduardo came onto the pitch to the delight of all Arsenal fans.
Arsenal were steady at the back, snuffing out the Real Madrid chances. In midfield the first half was mixed, with some good work from Nasri but too often Diaby lost the ball needlessly. Upfront Adebayor and van Persie linked up well, dropping deep and causing the Real defence all sorts of trouble.
All the attacking came from Arsenal. On the half-hour mark, van Persie created room on the left, cross the ball but Adebayor was unable to trouble the goalkeeper.
There were no changes at half-time as Wenger sought to give his “main” players more playing time.
Straight from the kick-off, van Persie picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch, strode forward with purpose and his shot had Dudek scurrying across the goal. Soon after van Persie was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped the summer bad boy, Adebayor, he slotted the ball home and soaked up the adulation of the fans with the traditional kiss of the badge.
The goal gave Arsenal the boost they needed and they played with the zip and zest of last season. They kept on looking for more and more goals as the contest required. Adebayor was a constant menace to the Real defence, his physical strength, holding the ball, all traits that made him Arsenal’s top marksman last season were not missing this afternoon.
The second half saw a better performance from Diaby, but Denilson has done enough in pre-season to claim a starting place alongside Fabregas. Nasri showed some of his ability, some great interchanges with Adebaoyr, a sign of things to come for the forthcoming season.
Arsenal nearly extended theri lead, when Adebayor went on a mazy run and flicked the ball past the hapless the Dudek, only the ball to go inches the wrong side of the post.
The second half was punctuated with a series of substitutions, all of which interrupt the fluidity of the game. There was only going to be one team to score any further goals that was Arsenal, but that was not to be.
Line up – Alumnia; Sagna, Senderos, Gallas (Djourou -89), Clichy; Walcott (Eboue – 65), Denilson, Diaby (Ramsey -75), Nasri (Wilshere – 75); Adebayor (Bendtner – 75),van Persie (Vela – 66)