Portsmouth 1 Arsenal 1

Last updated : 13 April 2006 By Footymad Previewer
Emmanuel Adebayor may have cost Arsenal millions of pounds as Arsene Wenger's side blew the chance to move into the fourth Champions League place.

Adebayor missed two sitters - one in each half - before Lomana LuaLua scrubbed out Thierry Henry's stunning opener to earn relegation-haunted Pompey a crucial point.

Fit-again Sol Campbell made his first appearance since going AWOL at half-time during Arsenal's 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham on February 1.

LuaLua gave the Champions League semi-finalists an early fright when he fired a speculative 30-yard shot two yards over Jens Lehmann's crossbar.

Henry sent Pompey goalkeeper Dean Kiely scrambling across his goal 15 minutes before half-time with a curling free-kick after drawing a foul from Benjani 20 yards from goal.

Jose Antonio Reyes had Harry Redknapp's relegation battlers on the back foot again soon after, firing into the side-netting after Henry had set off on a mesmerising run from the edge of the centre circle.

The Londoners finally made the pressure tell in the 37th minute when Henry opened the scoring with a stunning solo goal.

The Frenchman robbed Sean Davis midway inside the Pompey half before playing a neat one-two with Adebayor and beating Kiely with a perfectly-weighted side-footed strike from the edge of the box, which cannoned in off the inside of the left-hand post.

Adebayor should have doubled Arsenal's lead with four minutes of the half remaining when Henry rolled the ball across the six-yard box, only for his strike partner to scuff hopelessly wide with Kiely's goal at his mercy.

Adebayor wasted another gilt-edged opportunity in the 58th minute when he put a free header wide of Kiely's far post from Reyes' right-wing corner.

LuaLua made Adebayor pay for his wastefulness when he drew Pompey level in the 67th minute with a thunderous close-range header from Andres D'Alessandro's teasing free-kick.

LuaLua was immediately substituted to be replaced by former Arsenal junior Richard Hughes after landing awkwardly on his ankle while performing his extravagant back-flip goal celebration.

Kiely denied Freddie Ljungberg a winner, two minutes from the end, when he came racing out of his goal to save the Swede's close-range striker with his legs as Pompey clung on for a draw.

Campbell's evening was brought to a premature end soon after as he was forced off with blood pouring from is face after being caught on the nose by Portsmouth substitute Svetoslav Todorov.