NEWSROOM
TEAM LINE UP :
Seaman
Dixon
Winterburn
Adams
Anelka
Bergkamp
Overmars
Keown
Parlour
Hughes
Garde
SUBSTITUTES:
Vivas
SCORERS:
Bergkamp



Tony Adams jumps with Shovkovskyi the Kiev keeper.


Nicolas Anelka bursts past Dmytrulin.


Lee Dixon gets in a fantastic cross from the right...


Dennis Bergkamp gets in front of his marker...


..and sees his flying header hit the net.


Marc Overmars goes round the keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line.


Heartbreak as Rebrov nets the late late equaliser.
FULL TIME REPORT

ARSENAL vs Dynamo Kiev
1 - 1
Attendance : 73,256

BY DAVID ALEXANDER

Controversy ruled again in Europe with a late goal denying us yet more points in our Champions League campaign.

After the disappointment of Lens and the scare of Panathinaikos, Serhi Rebrov's late, late equaliser denied us of a win we hardly deserved.

1-0 to the Arsenal hardly seems to be enough these days but after surviving a Ukrainian onslaught, we took the lead and looked set for our second win in the tournament.

Quarter of an hour from the end, Ray Parlour played the ball down the line to Lee Dixon, who seemed to eek every last drop of strength to place a perfect cross on Bergkamp's diving head.

We were in injury time again when the game was torn from our grasp. A dubious free kick was awarded on the right and when it was only half cleared, Rebrov, who Dixon had played onside, blasted in. there was some doubt that the goal would initially stand, and there was no time for any comeback from our boys.

But Kiev dominated the majority of the game. For much of the first half, Kiev seemed to be living up to the pre-tournament group favourites tag Arsene Wenger had given them.

The pace of their forward line, the ability of the midfield to swarm towards the ball when on the attack and outnumber our patched-up pairing of Stephen Hughes and Remi Garde, caused some concern.

Andrii Shevchenko caused an early fright with a run and shot which, although it caused David Seaman no problems, signalled his threat with the ball at his feet.

Olexander Holovko got into a wonderful position behind the defence on the left midway through the half but skied his cross and Seaman had to be at his best to tip a Kakha Kaladze long range drive over the bar.

We had our moments though, with Anelka denied by a fine Olexander Shovkovskyi save after being put through by Dennis Bergkamp. And our young French striker hit a shot wildly over after a neat move involving four Arsenal players.

But the dejected appearance of the midfielders as the half ended suggested we would be in for a battle in the second half and so the Russian onslaught continued and we were the ones looking like the away team.

Schevchenko hit a shot which Seaman didn't look like getting, the effort going thankfully wide, but time and again Kiev looked the more likely side to break the deadlock.

Schevchenko beat five players on one dazzling run, before Seaman frustrated him with a last ditch challenge.

There was a strangely muted atmosphere at Wembley, the home crowd well aware of the threat kiev continued to pose and the lack of fluidity of the Arsenal performance.

On the few occasions Hughes or one of his team-mates did put through a telling ball, Kiev were equal to it but never did they seem seriously threatened.

There were rumours in the past the Arsenal had been interested in Schevchenko, and on this showing, we should snap him up immediately. he made mincemeat of Keown on one occasion, riding a challenge and a tumble before laying the ball into Serhii Rebrov's path, his fellow striker shooting over.

Schevchenko was way onside when he finally put the ball in the net 20 minutes from time and we were fortunate to see an offside flag raised in our favour.

But after the goal had given added confidence, we almost doubled the lead when Martin Keown fed Marc Overmars, he rounded the keeper and saw his shot cleared off the line by Luzhnyi.

Wenger went to complain to the referee in the centre circle the moment the game was over but, though I hate to say it, a draw was the least Kiev deserved.

Arsene Wenger was furious with the decision to give a free kick after the game. He said: "The goal was definitely onside but the initial free kick was not a free kick.

"It's disappointing but a draw was quite fair. Thirty seconds before the end, I thought we'd win the game and I still think we would come away with three points.

"We battled well and I thought we were going to win, but it was not to be."

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