One by one

0-1 - 0-2 - 0-3 - 0-4 - 0-5 - 0-6

0-1: Overmars (p)

"They immediately set about exposing Anelka's advantage in pace over Steve Vickers with passes rolled through the back line. On the first occasion, served by Kanu, Anelka hesitated. When next Vieira tried, the youngster accelerated smoothly past Vickers, whose flailing leg brought him down."

Vieira flicks it up, over ...

... and away,

... slides it through to Anelka,

... and Boro do the logical thing.

Thank God that went in!

"Pure acceleration did all the damage"

"Anelka's pace embarrassed Vickers"
0-2: Anelka

"Patrick Vieira won possession after a Gordon error, picked out Anelka's run into the area, and the striker calmly slid the ball past the advancing Schwarzer"

"Vieira dissected the Boro defence with a superb pass and Anelka took the ball in his stride before beating Schwarzer with a side-footed strike."


"a cool 38th-minute finish after running on to Vieira's beautifully-timed pass"

"Dean Gordon thumped an attempted clearance into Vieira's back, and a lucky rebound enabled the French midfielder to send Anelka through unattended. His pace ridiculed all attempts at a recovery tackle, and he advanced with dead-eyed purpose to beat Schwarzer confidently."

"Vieira again intervened decisively, seizing the ball from Dean Gordon and striding on to measure a perfect pass to Anelka, who sidefooted expertly past Schwarzer"

"Vieira fed another pass through to Anelka and the French forward clipped his left-foot shot beyond Mark Schwarzer."

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0-3: Kanu

"Kanu beat Gordon to put Anelka free on the right flank. His low cross was nudged by Overmars and Kanu neatly side-stepped Gordon to slot home the ball from close range."

"Another eye-catching counter-attacking move saw Anelka reach the byline on the right and cross for Kanu, who stroked the ball into the bottom corner."

"superbly side-stepping Gordon before lancing Mark Schwarzer"

"Kanu supplied Anelka out on the right, and when Overmars stepped over his low centre, Kanu had made good ground and adjusted his position coolly near the penalty spot before stroking the ball past the keeper's left hand."

"Anelka went wide, was calmly found by Kanu, and played the ball low into the penalty area, where Dixon popped up to distract the defence so that Kanu could gracefully sidestep Vladimir Kinder and beat Schwarzer with training-ground aplomb."

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0-4: Vieira

"Vieira nudged in after Anelka and Overmars had bewildered Boro's backline for the umpteenth time"

"Vieira started and ended a sweeping five-man move that covered most of the pitch - Vieira fed the ball out to Anelka on the right and then drifted into the goalmouth to finish the move with a tap-in from Overmars' return ball."

"Vieira got in on the act in the 55th minute, starting and finishing arguably the best move of the match. The French midfielder played the ball to Anelka wide on the right,

... he provided the perfect cross,

... Overmars touched it on

... and Vieira was able to score

... with ease."

"a delightful finish by the superb Patrick Vieira"

"Vieira and Anelka sliced apart Middlesbrough's central defence, and from a short pass by Overmars, Vieira had only to roll his shot into the net."

"After Anelka, showing the benefit of his rest on Monday, had again peeled away to the right flank in the second half, he set up Overmars, who unselfishly helped the ball on for Vieira to notch the goal he deserved."

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0-5: Kanu

"Then Kanu produced the goal of the game. Lee Dixon sent in a low cross from the right that seemed to be drifting behind Kanu but he stuck out his right boot and sent a back-flick drifting beyond Schwarzer."

"The best was yet to come, though. On the hour Lee Dixon crossed into the area and Kanu, with his back to the goal, produced a piece of stunning improvisation to cheekily flick the ball between his legs and into the far corner of the net. A piece of sheer impudence that will be remembered for a long time."

"a sublime back-heeled finish"

"an instinctive back-heeled goal which even won the applause of the home supporters."

"Standing 12 yards out, Kanu seemed to have few options when Lee Dixon curled a knee-high cross towards him, but he astonished the crowd and Schwarzer by leaping into the air and executing the first volleyed drag-back flick most of us had ever seen. It flew beyond the goalkeeper into the corner of the net."

Anatomy of a goal
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0-6: Anelka

"Anelka dummying his way into space before thrashing home a crashing drive from the edge of the box."

"Anelka twisted and turned his way


... into a shooting position



... and fired in a rocket from 18 yards"

"Kanu teeing the ball up for Anelka, who curled the ball round Schwarzer for another glorious goal."

"Anelka mesmerised the home defence as he twisted and turned his way into a shooting position."

"just for variety, in case we thought Arsenal were being too fancy, Anelka went for sheer power in lashing home the sixth."

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Thanks for quotes and photos to various newspapers, BBC, Carling, and AFCi, @fc and Arsenal World, and to the Boro websites (here and here); the video clips are on Gustav Nygren's site. Especial thanks to Arseweb for most of the links to the sources for these Awesome pages.

Updated: 28 June, 2002
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