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    Default Champions League: Braga upset Arsenal 2-0

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    Matheus 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.
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