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Champions League: Monaco stuns Arsenal, Leverkusen upsets Atletico

(Agencies) Updated: 2015-02-26 09:20

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Champions League: Monaco stuns Arsenal, Leverkusen upsets Atletico

AS Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov celebrates after scoring the second goal during their Champions League round of 16, first leg soccer match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in London, Feb 25, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday, heaping more European agony on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss Wenger, a former manager at Monaco, is now facing elimination at this stage of the competition for the fifth straight season after the shattering home defeat.

French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes, when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving goalkeeper David Ospina helpless.

Bulgarian veteran Dimitar Berbatov, continually jeered by the home fans because of his past links with their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, added the second after 53 minutes after a devastating Monaco counter-attack.

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