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11-24-2010, 09:04 AM #1
Champions League: Braga upset Arsenal 2-0Matheus scored twice in the last seven minutes to give Braga a surprise 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday as the English powerhouse again failed to make its class tell on the scoresheet.
Matheus broke clear on a counterattack in the 84th and left-footed the ball past Lukasz Fabianski, then beat three defenders to score his second in injury time.
Arsenal felt it was denied a clear penalty just before Matheus's first goal when substitute Carlos Vela was tripped by the Braga goalkeeper — only for the Arsenal forward to be booked for diving.
Braga's win came after a 6-0 defeat in London two months ago and denied Arsenal the point it needed to clinch a place in the round of 16 with a game to play.
Arsenal is now level on nine points with Braga in second place in Group H.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger made seven changes from the team which surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to Tottenham in a Premier League match last weekend but his team still lacked a clinical finish.
Arsenal also lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month, another match in which the team gave up its lead.
The Gunners had most chances but were unable to dominate a gutsy Portuguese team currently lying 10th in its domestic league.
Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie were unavailable due to injury but Cesc Fabregas recovered from a hamstring injury to play in Portugal. Nicklas Bendtner, who had not played since complaining about being left off the team, was at centerforward....being a human...