Saturday, March 31, 2018

31 March 2010 - Scoring With A Leg To Spare

On 31 March 2010, Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas scored the equalizing goal against Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinal. And he did it with a broken leg.

Fàbregas, who joined Arsenal in 2003 after five years at Barcelona's youth academy, had been the subject of longstanding transfer rumors linking him with a return to his former club, adding a lot of spice to the match-up. 

Barcelona, as the reigning champions, were heavy favorites, but the Gunners managed to hold them to a scoreless draw until the break. Less than one minute after the restart, however, a long pass went over the Arsenal backline to a racing Zlatan Ibrahimović, who beat keeper Manuel Almunia with a lobbed ball to the far post. He then doubled the lead in the 59th minute, after another overhead ball left him one-on-one with Almunia. But Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott narrowed the gap ten minutes later with a precise finish. 

As Arsenal pushed forward for an equalizer, Barça's Carles Puyol fouled Fàbregas in the box in the 85th minute. Fàbregas stepped up to the spot and converted the ensuing penalty, then immediately afterward started limping. It appeared that he pulled a muscle, but scans later revealed that Puyol's foul had resulted in a small fracture in his right fibula. 

The injury forced Fàbregas to miss the return leg, which Barcelona won 4-1. He remained with Arsenal for one more season, then transferred to Barça in August 2011 for £29 million. He left Barcelona in 2014 for Chelsea, his current club. 


  1. SBOBET was the shirt sponsor of West Ham United. up until the end of 2012-2013 season. They were also the shirt sponsor of Cardiff City for 2010-2011 season. In October 2009, due to concerns raised by representatives of the Premier League about exposing youth to gambling, Agen SBOBET replaced their logo on all Cardiff City youth academy team shirts with that of the Ty Hafan Children's Hospice.

  2. Niesamowicie to zrobił. Strzelił gola ze złamaną nogą, prawdziwy bohater meczu. Widać, że dla niego piłka nożna to całe życie.

  3. Did Brian died or something?

  4. Use Stenbros to improve your site and identify opportunities to get ahead of the competition.

  5. Situs Poker terbaik untuk tahun ini masih di pegang oleh POKERACE99 jadi ayo ikut gabung sekarang juga

  6. Keto X Factor So the connection is seen by you? Weight gain could be an indicator of poor sleep patterns. And conversely, being over weight can create significant sleep disorders. Rest apnea occurs when a person's higher airway narrows or obstructs while they sleeping.