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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko and Arsenal Play to 0-0 Draw

APLokomotiv's Marat Izmailov, right, and Arsenal's Robert Pires tussling for the ball in their Champions League match Tuesday.
Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow were both still looking for their first victory and goals in the Champions League after drawing 0-0 in their Group B match Tuesday.

The two sides, who both lost their opening matches two weeks ago, picked up their first points.

Thierry Henry, who shot just over the bar in the ninth minute, and central defender Kolo Toure, with a glancing header from a corner, came close with first-half chances for Arsenal, while at the other end they had several narrow escapes.

The closest was playmaker Dmitry Loskov's corner to the near post that striker Mikhail Ashvetia flicked toward the goal with his head and defender Ashley Cole cleared off the line.

Arsenal's best chance to break the deadlock came when Cole had a searing drive parried by Lokomotiv keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov in the 68th minute. But Robert Pires failed to get onto the rebound, and the Russians cleared.

Minutes later, Toure again came to Arsenal's rescue when he was quick to cut across goal and block Loskov's shot from the left minutes later at the other end.

"Sometimes they go in for us, you can't blame the lads up front, they score enough goals for us," said Arsenal central defender Martin Keown, captain in the absence of injured Patrick Vieira, commenting on the missed chances. "I think it's important that we've got that solid look back to the team," he added, referring to Arsenal's defensive flaws in its 3-0 home defeat by Inter.

Arsenal started well, pushing Lokomotiv back into its half with Brazilian Edu doing the prompting from midfield and setting up Henry's early chance with a fine through ball.

Lokomotiv, however, gradually took over in midfield and forced Arsenal back onto its heels as it created three good chances. Toure headed away a dangerous ball in the box in the 26th minute before Lokomotiv almost took the lead from two dead ball situations, the first from Leskov's corner on the half hour.

Two minutes later, Lokomotiv captain Loskov's free kick from the left curled over the wall and skimmed the top of the bar.

Arsenal came back into the match in the final minutes of the half when it could have scored if Sylvain Wiltord had not strayed offside before a pass from Pires put him in the clear in front of goal.

Midfielders Ray Parlour and Pires both brought diving saves from Ovchinnikov.

Early in the second half, midfielder Dmitry Khokhlov sold Keown a dummy, but his dangerous square ball close to the goalline was pushed away by goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and cleared by Pires.

In the 56th minute, Henry sent Pires clear on the left, but Ovchinnikov dashed out to smother the midfielder's soft effort. Two minutes later, Lehmann had to go down sharply to his right to stop midfielder Vladimir Maminov's low shot from outside the box.