Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Arsenal will travel to Rome with just one goal lead

Arsenal will take a slender 1-0 advantage over Roma to the Olympic Stadium after Robin van Persie's penalty gave them victory in the first leg of their Champions League, last 16 tie on Tuesday.

The livewrire Dutchman was bundled over by French defender Philippe Mexes after 37 minutes and got up to smash a low spot kick past keeper Doni.
Roma, knocked out of the competition for the last two seasons by Manchester United, had a handful of chances to pocket an away goal, but Arsenal should have built a bigger lead for the return leg.
Nicklas Bendtner wasted their best chance shortly after halftime, blazing wastefully over the crossbar while Roma's best effort came from a John Arne Riise drive that shaved the post.

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