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11 Years Ago Today, Cesc Fabregas Scored Arsenal Penalty Against Barcelona With A Broken Leg

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11 Years Ago Today, Cesc Fabregas Scored Arsenal Penalty Against Barcelona With A Broken Leg

Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas admitted he "didn't feel any pain" when he scored a penalty against Barcelona in the 2010 Champions League quarter-finals.

The Gunners hosted the Spanish side at the Emirates for the first leg and trailed thanks to a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Theo Walcott pulled back an equaliser in the 69th minute before Fabregas was brought down in a challenge from Barcelona legend Carles Puyol.

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Fabregas, who came through Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, stepped up to take the ensuing penalty.

However, the 33-year-old Spanish midfielder had suffered a broken leg from the challenge, despite beating Victor Valdes from the spot-kick in the 85th minute.

Fabregas revealed that he was "in agony" the moment he ran over to collect the ball to return it to the centre-spot.

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The Monaco star told The Sun in 2010: "My leg is broken -- and I feel broken, too.

"[...] When Carles Puyol fouled me to concede the penalty, all I could think about was to grab the ball, put it on the penalty spot and hit it as hard as I could.

"The [adrenaline] must have been flowing through me so strongly because I didn't feel any pain as I smashed the ball past Victor Valdes. But as soon as I ran to collect the ball to take it back to the centre-spot, I was in agony.

"I had been dreaming of playing for Arsenal at the Nou Camp -- it's all part of the magic of us being drawn against Barcelona. I've never disguised how special the club is to me and I desperately wanted to be there and give a performance fit for such a wonderful stadium."

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Fabregas added: "Some people think I may have even broken the leg against Birmingham a week earlier -- and, to be honest, I just don't know.

"Yes, it's exactly the same spot but I didn't go into the game against Barcelona thinking, 'My leg's broken.'"

Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw at the Emirates to keep their Champions League hopes alive at the time ahead of the second leg at the Camp Nou.

Arsene Wenger's men took a shock lead in the opening 20 minutes at the Camp Nou thanks to Nicklas Bendtner.

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Fabregas, who scored 19 times and registered 19 assists in 36 appearances for Arsenal in the 2009-10 season, left the Gunners in 2011 to return to boyhood club Barcelona.

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Topics: Football, Barcelona, UEFA, Cesc Fabregas, Premier League, England, Arsenal, Champions League, Spain, La Liga

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