Arsenal 5 – Porto 0 (Agg. 6-2) (Champions League, March 9, 2010) (Extended highlights here and analysis here.) Arsenal, without captain Fabregas, bagged the crucial goal to bring the aggregate score to 2-all against Porto after just 10 minutes. Nasri playing a dangerous ball into Arshavin in the box, the Russian was closed down by Helton and Coelho, and Nicklas Bendtner was on hand to slide in the rebound. Porto shot themselves in the foot 15 minutes later when they handed Arshavin possession outside the box, the Russian brilliantly weaved his way into the danger area where he crossed for Bendtner who bagged his second of the game. Andrei Arshavin should have put the tie to bed when Nasri picked the Russian out, unmarked, at the back post but he missed the open net and sent his shot over the bar. (First half highlights here.) After the break Samir Nasri scored one of the goals of the season to put Arsenal 3-up as the Frenchman when on a mazy run past three Porto defence before darting into the box and flashing a bullet into the far corner. The Gunners killed the match with a pacey fourth minutes later, Arshavin lead a counter-attack, carried the ball upfield with Emmanuel Eboue eventually rounding the keeper and coolly finishing. A late Nicklas Bendtner penalty gave the Dane his hattrick goal on a wonderful night for the Gunners.
Fiorentina 3 – Bayern Munich 2* (Agg. 4-4) (Champions League, March 9, 2010) (Extended first half here, second half here.) Fiorentina went 1-up on the night, 2-all on aggregate, after 28 minutes with Bayern as Butt could only palm a shot out to the left of his goal and Juan Manuel Vargas was racing in to crash a brilliant effort into high into the net. In the 54th minute Fiorentina bagged their second of the game as a diagonal cross from the right came fizzed into the penalty area, Gilardino (offside?) stopped the ball dead with a marvellous touch, and Stevan Jovetic arrived on the scene to smash the ball home from about 10 yards. Six minutes later Bayern clawed themselves back in the tie when Franck Ribery crossed a lovely ball in from the left to Mark van Bommel, who passed his shot Frey’s outstretched arm from 20 yards out. In a breathtaking second half Fiorentina retook the lead as Stefan Jovetic brushes Van Buyten to one side to get on the end of a Gilardino nod-down and poke the ball past Butt. But then Arjen Robben took over with a stunning strike to put Bayern back in the the driving seat as the Dutchman cut in front the right and unleashed a 25-yard tomahawk into top corner.