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Five-goal Arsenal stun Inter Milan

Freddie Ljungberg (left), Robert Pires
Ljungberg (left) and Pires were both on the scoresheet for Arsenal.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

MILAN, Italy -- Arsenal scored three times in the last five minutes to stun Inter Milan with a humiliating 5-1 win at the San Siro, handing the initiative to Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League Group B.

Thierry Henry scored twice and Freddie Ljungberg, Edu and Robert Pires were also on target for the Gunners, who moved up to second in the group.

In Moscow, Lokomotiv grabbed the points thanks to a late winner from substitute Winston Parks.

French striker Henry was the inspiration for Arsenal in Milan, shooting the English side ahead on 25 minutes after a clever exchange of passes with Ashley Cole.

Inter equalized eight minutes later when Christian Vieri saw his shot loop off defender Sol Campbell and into the Arsenal net, but the English visitors were in front again shortly after the break when Henry burst down the left before crossing for Ljungberg to score from close range.

Henry's second came on 85 minutes with a superbly finished breakaway effort and Edu and Pires both took advantage in the dying minutes as Inter's demoralized defense fell apart.

"I am very proud of the players, the spirit they showed and the quality," said Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side were beaten 3-0 by Inter in the opening game of the competition.

"I felt at halftime, with it 1-1, it was frustrating. I felt the players were feeling that it was going against us again. You need character and we took our time, we missed a few chances but we took the chance to make it 3-1 and that made the difference."

Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni admitted his side had been beaten by a better team.

"We offered them too many opportunities in the closing minutes and they flooded us," said Zaccheroni.

"We lost to a great team who were superior to us tonight. We were competitive until 2-1. Then 3-1 ended the match. We were in a position of advantage before this game. We wasted the opportunity and now must play a decisive match against Kiev."

Lokomotiv Moscow's win over Dynamo Kiev was sealed a minute from time when Costa Rican Parks pounced on a loose ball just six minutes after coming on.

The Russian champions went ahead on 29 minutes when Maxim Buznikin drove a low shot into the corner, but the Ukrainians hit back nine minutes later through Valentin Belkevich.

Lokomotiv's lead was restored with the help of a highly-controversial penalty just before halftime, when Yuri Dmitrulin was harshly judges to have fouled Buznikin.

Maxim Shatskikh once again leveled the match midway through the second half with his eighth goal of the competition, but Parks' arrival ended Dynamo's hopes of hanging on for a draw.

"We are very disappointed to lose but it's difficult to play a man short for the whole game," said Kiev coach Alexei Mikhailichenko, blaming his side's defeat on the referee.

"This was the best match we've played in this stadium," said Lokomotiv coach Yuri Syomin.

Lokomotiv visit Arsenal in their final match while Inter go to Kiev.


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