Before being paired in this season's Champions League Knockout Round Arsenal and Real Madrid's paths have never crossed in a competitive fixture, despite having over 500 European appearances between them.

In fact the two teams had met only twice since the Spanish giants were formed in 1902.

Their first meeting was a friendly match at Highbury on September 13, 1962. The then Spanish champions  running out comfortable 4-0 winners.

It was 37 years later that the two sides met again.

Long-serving right-back Lee Dixon was the reason that the sides were brought together, as Real Madrid were the opposition invited for his testimonial match in 1999.

Goals from Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Stefan Malz gave us a 3-0 lead until Christian Karembeu grabbed a second-half consolation for Madrid.

Lee Dixon Testimonial
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury. November 8, 1999

Scorers: Vieira 12, Bergkamp 41, Malz 71. Karembeu 73

Manninger (Lukic 71), Dixon, Grimandi, Upson, Winterburn (Vivas 45), Vieira (Hughes 45), Petit (Vernazza 62), Ljungberg (Overmars 45), Silvinho (Malz 45), Bergkamp (Kanu 45), Suker (Wright 70).

Real Madrid
Bizzarri, Salijado (Karembeu 34), Roberto Carlos (Dorado 68), McManaman (Eto'o 62), Morientes (Ognjendvic 85), Seedorf (Raul 45), Campo, Gupi, Helguera, Karanka, Julio Cesar.

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury. September 13, 1962

McKechnie, Magill, McCullough, Neill, Brown, Snedden, MacLeod, Court, Baker, Barnwell, Skirton

Attendance: 32,574


Arsenal v Real Madrid - September 13, 1962

Arsenal v Real Madrid - Sep 13, 1962

Arsenal v Real Madrid - November 8, 1999

Arsenal v Real Madrid - Nov 8, 1999

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21 Feb 2006