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Champions League win ‘means every little thing’ for Arsenal

David Raya pulled off an outstanding save as Arsenal bested Porto in a penalty shootout to seal their first win over two legs within the Champions League knockout phases for 14 years. 

The Gunners have been a purpose down from the primary leg, however Martin Odegaard arrange Leandro Trossard to place the hosts on degree phrases on the Emirates on Tuesday night time.

Arsenal thought that they had put the ball within the web once more within the second half, however the Norwegian’s end was referred to as again for a foul by Kai Havertz on Pepe.


The 2 sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of motion and stoppages as the sport went to a penalty shootout.

Raya made the decisive cease when Galeno stepped up for Porto’s fourth spot kick, diving appropriately to his left to succeed in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the primary time since 2010.

“Clearly it’s an amazing feeling for me personally, first time within the Champions League and for the membership to get into the quarter-finals for the primary time in so a few years,” Raya instructed TNT Sports activities.

“We performed a extremely good recreation from the beginning. We dominated, created possibilities and it went all the way down to penalties. We’ve labored lots on penalties this 12 months and all of the laborious work with the goalie coach and the group has paid off.

“An incredible second personally and collectively. I’m over the moon to save lots of two penalties within the Champions League to get via to the quarter-finals. They made it so troublesome over there, they performed their recreation, however we scored the purpose we wanted and it went all the way down to penalties and it was a loopy second.

“Aside from bodily from the boys, mentally it’s troublesome, however particularly for me to be centered each second, you’ll be able to’t change off.

“This implies every little thing. You play soccer for these sort of issues and I’m fortunate to be enjoying for Arsenal, to be within the Champions League and to get via to the quarter-finals. We’re simply going to benefit from the night time.”

David Raya is the primary goalkeeper to make a minimum of two saves in a Champions League shootout since Petr Cech (two) for Chelsea in opposition to Bayern Munich within the 2012 closing.

Learn – Mikel Arteta feedback on title race with Arsenal on prime

See Additionally – Assessing the run-in for the Premier League title race

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