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Afellay: Schalke outplayed Arsenal

7 November 2012 14:53

Ibrahim Afellay feels that Schalke deserved better than a 2-2 draw in Tuesday's Champions League match against Arsenal.

The Bundesliga side fell 2-0 behind following goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped them back in the game, with Jefferson Farfan eventually restoring parity after the break.

"We were the better team of the two. Arsenal only threatened on the counter-attack. We are not happy with the draw. We could have got more from this game," Afellay told Goal.com.

"We practically gifted Arsenal two goals. The first one in particular was very unfortunate. The 2-1 was important for Klaas-Jan and for us.

"The positive thing from this game is that we remain first in our group. We still want to be playing in the Champions League after the winter break."

Huntelaar was relieved that Schalke did not end up losing the game as Arsenal also had chances to grab the full three points.

"We started pretty well and got some good chances, but we then threw it all away. The 2-1 came at an important moment and boosted our confidence," Huntelaar said.

"In the end, it was a relief that we didn't lose the game 3-2. The referee could have awarded a penalty in Walcott's favour, although we could have got a spot-kick as well after (Per) Mertesacker handled the ball."

Huntelaar has netted four goals in as many Champions League encounters this term.

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2 - 2

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
6 November 2012
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Attendance
54142

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
26' O. Giroud
 (assist by L. Podolski)
K. Huntelaar 45'+2
(assist by L. Holtby) 
1 - 2
J. Farfán 67'
(assist by L. Holtby) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
36
22
23 41'
4
32 25'
13 77'
11
17 67'
33
10
25 45+2'
Coach: H. Stevens
# Player Bookings
24
4
3
5
6
8
19 21'
10
14 18'
9 62'
12 26'
Coach: A. Wenger

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
14
27
31
34
35
8
# Player Bookings
11
22
20
23
25
29
60

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