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UEFA League: Wins for Madrid, Arsenal; Liverpool Draw

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Yaya Sanogo scored his first goal for Arsenal as they defeated Borussia Dortmund and ensured their passage into the Champions League knockout stage.

The 21-year-old netted after 19 appearances without a goal when he finished off a one-two with Santi Cazorla with a low shot early on.

Alexis Sanchez made it 2-0 after the break with a superb low curling shot.

Sanchez also had a shot pushed away, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain struck the crossbar with a dipping volley.

It was a mature performance by the Gunners who, like their opponents, have found solace in this competition this season from the struggles of the domestic league.

They quelled the threat of Dortmund on the counter-attack, with Jurgen Klopp’s side only seriously troubling keeper Emiliano Martinez once, in stoppage time.

The Bundesliga outfit had named a strong side despite having secured their berth with four wins from four games but before they had a chance to establish themselves at the Emirates, they were a goal down.

That was scored by a player who was the source of some ridicule on social media when the teams were announced before the match.

Sanogo’s ungainly style has irked some fans and there was further astonishment when he was named ahead of Germany World Cup winner Lukas Podolski.

But he finally managed to temper some of that criticism when he converted his first effort after starting the move with a ball-juggle and backheel to Spaniard Cazorla.

With the Germans already qualified and Arsenal almost there, the tempo of the game was sedate at times, although the Gunners picked up the pace after the break.

And Liverpool conceded a late equaliser at Bulgarian champions Ludogorets – but are still just a win away from reaching the Champions League last 16.

The hosts led when Dani Abalo pounced on Reds keeper Simon Mignolet’s error, but Rickie Lambert headed in his first Champions League goal to equalise.

Jordan Henderson steered Liverpool ahead at the far post, before Georgi Terziev headed in the equaliser.

Liverpool will still qualify if they beat Basel at Anfield next month.

Despite an unconvincing performance in Bulgaria, Brendan Rodgers’s side remain in control of their European destiny after Basel were beaten 1-0 at reigning champions Real Madrid, reports the BBC.

UEFA RESULTS

Bayer Levkn 0 – 1 Monaco

Arsenal 2 – 0 Bor Dortmd

Anderlecht 2 – 0 Galatasaray

Atl Madrid 4 – 0 Olympiakos

Malmö FF 0 – 2 Juventus

FC Basel 0 – 1 Real Madrid

Ludo Razgd 2 – 2 Liverpool

Zenit St P 1 – 0 Benfica

 

 

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