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Champions League: Ramsey seals late win

Olympique Marseille 0-1 Arsenal

By | 19th October 2011

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to strike an injury-time winner that guided Arsenal to a famous 1-0 victory over Olympique Marseille at Stade Velodrome.

Earlier in the match, a blatant handball from Marseille’s Souleymane Diawara went unnoticed as the Gunners were denied an easy penalty decision.

Nevertheless, the visitors continued to push on throughout the night, and once Gervinho and Ramsey replaced Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin, it was only a matter of time before the North Londoners would break the deadlock.

Carl Jenkinson’s injury may have shrunk Arsenal’s right-back options even further in the absence of Bacary Sagna but it allowed Johan Djourou to come in and combine with the other two substitutes to net the match-winning goal.

The Swiss international supplied a precise ball that was flicked with the back heel by Gervinho, setting Ramsey up for a comfortable finish past Steve Mandanda in the home side’s goal.

The young Welshman celebrated dramatically and although he was disappointed that his last goal against Tottenham Hotspur came in a losing effort, there was nothing but satisfaction this time around.

“I thought we defended really well today, we got the clean sheet, and it was nice (for me) to come on and score the winning goal,” Ramsey told reporters right after the kick-off whistle.

He added: “Maybe we were a bit anxious in trying to break them down at times but in the last ten or fifteen minutes, we applied some more pressure and finally broken them down.”

The win sent Arsenal top of the table in Group F, where the night’s other match saw Olympiakos defeat German champions Borussia Dortmund 3-1.

Matchday Action Elsewhere

In the other matches of matchday three, Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea eased to a 5-0 win over Racing Genk, with Fernando Torres scoring two first-half goals and Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic, and Salomon Kalou finding a place on the score sheet as well.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack featured prominently as Bayer Leverkusen won 2-1 at home to Valencia in other Group E action.

AC Milan and reigning champions FC Barcelona also claimed 2-0 wins over BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen to remain locked atop Group H.

FC Porto only managed a 1-1 draw at home to APOEL Nicosia while Shakhtar and Zenit St. Petersburg also ended their clash in a draw, albeit of the 2-2 variety, in Ukraine.

Yesterday, the two Manchester clubs finally claimed wins for the first time in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage this season while Real Madrid and Inter also picked up all three points.

Bayern Munich and Napoli, meanwhile, competed to a 1-1 stalemate in perhaps to the most toughly contested match of the week.

Reader Comments

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  1. Arsenal vs Stoke Live Link says:

    Arsenal vs Stoke
    Performance wasn’t great but at least this win will be good for confidence.

  2. Nalina says:

    This is amazing!

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