‘That’s horrible’: Bosnich rips Arsenal goalkeeper


By Sam Worthington with AP

Mark Bosnich took aim at Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya for poor positioning after he conceded a heartbreaking goal in stoppage time.

The first leg of the Champions League round of 16 clash appeared destined for a stalemate before Porto’s Galeno spotted the Spaniard off his line and lifted the ball over his head.

The 1-0 win at Estadio do Dragao now piles the pressure on Arsenal in the return leg in London on March 13.

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“He should not be getting beaten that far out, in that manner,” goalkeeping great Bosnich said on Stan Sport’s coverage.

“He’s too far out. He’s (Galeno) only going to do one thing when he’s that far out. Look how far out he is. It goes in the bottom of the goal, it doesn’t go in the top, mate.

“If he’s two steps back, he walks across and catches that. Look how low it is. He’s (Raya) forced his (Galeno’s) hand in terms of he gives the player no other option. If he’s a good player and he looks up and he sees a goalkeeper there – that’s all I’m going to do.

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“A lot of goalkeepers like to come out to narrow the angle, right? But it’s much more difficult to go backwards than it is to go forwards my friend.”

Fellow pundit Craig Foster was succinct: ”That’s horrible.”

Galeno broke the deadlock four minutes into added time, leaving Arsenal in need of a win to return to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 14 years.

The Gunners, making their first Champions League appearance since 2016-17, failed to get past the round of 16 in seven consecutive tries from 2011-17.

Arsenal had lost its last six first leg matches in the last 16.

Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski and Victor Osimhen found the net in a 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Napoli in their first leg clash.

Lewandowski shot through the legs of Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo and inside the near post on the hour mark for his 93rd goal in the competition.

Osimhen replied 15 minutes later with a shot from near the penalty spot after leaving his defender on the ground for his sixth goal in Napoli’s last six home matches in the Champions League.

“We conceded practically nothing besides that goal,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said.

“I really liked the way team played.”

Napoli had struggled until Osimhen’s goal to construct much of anything in the debut of new coach Francesco Calzona, who was hired only 48 hours before kickoff by the struggling Serie A champion.

“It was a good performance against a strong team with great players,” Di Lorenzo said.

“We were solid. It’s a good starting point.”

Osimhen was playing his first match for Napoli since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Nigeria reach the final.

“Victor is a great champion, a great professional, and he can give us a hand,” Di Lorenzo said.



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