Champions League

Arsenal 3 - Mallorca 1

Arsenal: Wright; Lauren, Keown, Campbell, Van Bronckhorst; Pires, Grimandi (Parlour 82'), Vieira, Ljungberg (Kanu 77'); Bergkamp (Wiltord 77'), Henry. 4-4-2.
Mallorca: Leo Franco; Fatih (Biagini 64'), Olaizola, Nadal, Miguel Soler; Campano, Novo, Marcos (Robles 68'), Cristian Díaz; Paunovic; Luque (Carlos 80'). 4-4-1-1.

1-0. 61. Pires. Drove ball wide of keeper after Ljungberg centre from right wing.
2-0. 62. Bergkamp. Headed Van Bronckhorst cross over Leo Franco.
2-1. 85. Novo. Took long pass from Campano to round keeper and score.
3-1. 93. Henry. Ran on to shoot past Leo Franco from breakaway.

Mallorca lost their second match in a row and now have no chance of qualifying for the second stage. The Spanish side were up against it from the start when Engonga hurt himself in the pre-match warm up, and he had to sit the game out together with the injured Roa, Fernando Niño and Ibagaza and the suspended Eto'o. Honours were even until midway through the second half, with Bergkamp going close with a brilliant chip which went just wide and Campano shooting wide at the other end with the goal at his mercy. However Arsenal scored twice in rapid succession through Pires and Bergkamp, both coming from slack marking by the Mallorca defenders, and the visitors were on the rocks.

Novo did pull one back, and at that time Mallorca were still in with a chance if results went in their favour in the last match. But with nobody aware in their side that the away goal had given them an advantage, they risked too much, and after Pires had had a goal ruled out for offside, an injury time goal from Arsenal's best man Thierry Henry gave Arsenal a 3-2 direct aggregate score. That was vital, and with Arsenal three points ahead of the Spaniards on 9 points, and with Panathinaikos winning to top the group on 12 points, Mallorca can only finish third at best. A point against the Greeks next week would ensure that at least they would finish above Schalke 04, who currently have three points, meaning they would go on to play in the next round of the UEFA cup.