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Arsenal eases into Champions League group stage

 Celtic's Artur Boruc, centre,  gestures towards referee Manuel Gonzalez of Spain after he awarded Arsenal a penalty during the Champions League play ...
 Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, left, goes for the ball with Celtic's Glenn Loovens, second from left, and Scott Brown, right, during their Champions Lea...

CYPRUS SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Celtic's Artur Boruc, centre, gestures towards referee Manuel Gonzalez of Spain after he awarded Arsenal a penalty during the Champions League play ...

ITALY SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, left, goes for the ball with Celtic's Glenn Loovens, second from left, and Scott Brown, right, during their Champions Lea...

Arsenal eased into the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Celtic including a debatable penalty earned and converted by striker Eduardo da Silva on Wednesday.
Arsenal won 5-1 on aggregate.
The draw for the group stage, which begins on Sept. 15, is on Thursday in Monaco.
Emmanuel Eboue and Andrei Arshavin also scored for Arsenal, while Celtic finally replied right before fulltime.
Eduardo was awarded a penalty in the 28th minute when the referee decided that Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc brought down the Croatia international. TV replays appeared to show that no contact was made. Eduardo fired his spot kick to the left of Boruc, who went the other way.
In the 53rd, Eboue made it 2-0 after a clever backheel flick from Nicklas Bendtner to Abou Diaby who made a run into the penalty area. Diaby passed to Eboue, who was unmarked in the center, and the Ivory Coast international volleyed past Boruc.
Arshavin made it 3-0 in the 74th after exchanging passes with Aaron Ramsey. The Russia international collected the ball in the area, spun and slotted into the bottom left hand corner.
Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati scored in the dying seconds of the game with a close-range shot from a long cross from Andreas Hinkel.
Eduardo nearly had a second in first-half injury time after Eboue made a 40-meter (yard) burst through the middle and passed to the striker near the edge of the area. Eduardo's powerful volley was tipped away by Boruc.
In the 40th, Celtic had a goal chalked off for offside after Scott McDonald tapped in from a cross by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Celtic came close again in the 48th, when Aiden McGeady's curling shot from the right went wide of the near post.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rested striker Robin van Persie ahead of the Premier League match against Manchester United on Saturday at Old Trafford. Arshavin was also on the bench for most of the match before he came on as a substitute in the 73rd.


Updated : 2021-07-29 08:48 GMT+08:00