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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Profits From Profligate Arsenal

APArsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva sent tumbling by a challenge from CSKA's Yury Zhirkov in London on Wednesday.
LONDON -- Arsenal paid the price for a catalogue of missed chances, including one spectacular mistake, when the North Londoners were held to a goalless home draw by CSKA Moscow in Champions League Group G on Wednesday.

The draw leaves last season's runner-up with plenty to do if is is to reach the knockout phase but is a boost for the Moscow side, which beat the Arsenal 1-0 two weeks ago.

With two games to go, CSKA, yet to concede a goal in the competition, lead the group on eight points while Arsenal and Porto have seven after the Portuguese side won 3-1 at Hamburger SV.

The Arsenal players will wonder how they failed to pierce the visiting defense, particularly in the first half that was a tale of almost constant home pressure capped by a series of extraordinary misses.

The misfortune began in the sixth minute when Aleksander Hleb set up Robin van Persie only for the Dutchman to screw his shot over the bar.

Thierry Henry was off target, Hleb had a sharp shot well saved by Igor Akinfeyev before the Belarussian midfielder inexplicably chose to square for Henry when clean through.

It was relentless Arsenal attacking and it seemed certain to pay dividends in the 27th minute when Cesc Fabregas played a neat 1-2 with Tomas Rosicky, rounded the keeper but could only find the side netting with the goal gaping.

CSKA mounted a rare raid in the 40th minute but it merely opened the way for Arsenal to break from its own box, Henry started the move and finished it with another deft touch that sent the ball centimeters wide.

The worst miss came in injury time when Henry reached the byline and cut back for Rosicky.

Akinfeyev was stranded and the Czech had only to sidefoot the ball into an empty goal from three meters but instead it caught his heel and squirted into the arms of the disbelieving goalkeeper.

Arsenal was credited with 15 first-half goal attempts against a team that had kept clean sheets in its last five European matches.

Keeper Jens Lehmann had been a virtual spectator but was called into action 10 minutes after the restart when he got enough on the ball to prevent Brazilian striker Vagner Love scoring.

The scare put the brakes on Arsenal for a while but the introduction of teenage winger Theo Walcott for the last 20 minutes injected renewed urgency.

The unmarked Van Persie was guilty of another bad finish when he headed wide from six meters.

Gilberto was more accurate in the 83rd minute but Akinfeyev made a full stretch save.

CSKA launched its own late surge and from a series of corners was almost gifted a late winner when Henry deflected one against the outside of the post.

It would have been harsh on Arsene Wenger's side, which next faces Hamburg at home.

CSKA's next game is at home against Porto.

In Copenhagen, Sweden striker Marcus Allback bundled the ball home to give FC Copenhagen a 1-0 win over an under-strength Manchester United in Champions League Group F.

Allback turned in Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson's header after 73 minutes to record the Danish champion's first goal and victory in its debut season in Europe's premier-club competition.

United manager Alex Ferguson made several changes for the tie with Ryan Giggs, Louis Saha and Gary Neville not traveling because of injuries. Defender Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Paul Scholes both came off the bench in the second half.