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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Fabianski's fumbles condemn Arsenal to loss

LONDON (AP) Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a pair of blunders that led to goals, giving Porto a 2-1 victory Wednesday night in the first leg of the second round of the European Champions League.

"When you concede these goals you cannot go anywhere," Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas said. "Schoolboy goals — what can you do?"

In the other match, Miroslav Klose had a tiebreaking goal in the 89th minute that was clearly offside but was allowed, giving Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina and a 13-game winning streak.

"I haven't seen the replays, but I have a feeling I was offside," Klose said.

At Porto, Fabianski strayed too far off his line in the 11th minute, dived backward and bundled a low cross by Silvestre Varela into the net.

Sol Campbell, making his first European appearance in six years, tied the score seven minutes later for the Gunners with a short header into the roof of the net.

Fabianski then handled Campbell's back-pass in the 51st minute. Radamel Falcao quickly took the free kick inside the penalty area and scored.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was angry Swedish referee Martin Hansson allowed the goal, calling it a "massive mistake." Hansson was the referee who failed to call a deliberate hand ball against Thierry Henry in November's World Cup playoff that allowed France to advance over Ireland.

"Sol touched it accidentally," Wenger told British television. "And the referee should give us time to build the wall."

The second leg of the home-and-home, total-goals series is March 9 in London.

"This result is good for Arsenal because they scored away from home," Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira said.

At Munich, Arjen Robben put the home team ahead when he beat goalkeeper Sebastien Frey with a penalty kick in the final seconds of first-half stoppage time after Per Kroldrup fouled Franck Ribery.

Kroldrup tied the score five minutes into the second half after Marco Marchionni's corner kick bounced to him off Stevan Jovetic's shin.



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