Arsenal, Man Utd advance in Champions League

Nov 30, -0001
VILLARREAL: Nicklas Bendtner's late strike eased Arsenal's troubles and sent them into the Champions League knockout phase.

Bendtner struck three minutes from time from new captain Cesc Fabregas's pass.

Olexandr Aliyev was sent off seconds later. Ismael Bangoura hit the post for Dynamo in the first half and Manuel Almunia saved from Artem Milevskiy, but Arsenal were also wasteful in front of goal.

Arsenal missed the pace of Theo Walcott and the power of Emmanuel Adebayor but battled manfully, and Bendtner's goal was a deserved reward and will act as a real morale-booster for Arsene Wenger's side.

Just as the game looked to be drawing towards a goalless conclusion, Fabregas sent a long pass to Bendtner from a drop ball and he controlled well and scored.

Manchester United and Villarreal contested their fourth straight goalless draw in the Champions League as both qualified from the group stage.

Cristiano Ronaldo came closest to a goal but Diego Lopez brilliantly tipped his strike on to the crossbar.

The Villarreal keeper also denied Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Darren Fletcher while Joan Capdevila headed a deflected Rooney cross off the line.

It was a broadly disappointing game, with too many misplaced passes and runs off the ball that went unnoticed.

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