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Monaco stun Arsenal at Emirates

Arsenal are in danger of an embarrassing exit from the Champions League after Monaco romped to a stunning 3-1 win in the last 16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s team were left shell-shocked as Geoffrey Kondogbia put the French club ahead with a deflected first half strike before former Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov marked his return to north London with the second goal after the interval.

Berbatov’s cool finish was a hammer blow to the Arsenal fans who had jeered him for his past allegiance to their bitter rivals and there was worse to come. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had just given Arsenal renewed hope with a 90th minute goal when Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco galloped clear to score Monaco’s third and leave the Premier League team needing a herculean effort in the second leg on March 17 to avoid last 16 elimination for a fifth successive season.

Bayern stun Atletico

LEVERKUSEN: Bayer Leverkusen have one foot in the Champions League’s quarterfinal following their shock 1-0 home win over last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid, who finished with 10 men on Wednesday. Hakan Calhanoglu’s superb second-half goal in the last 16, first-leg clash means Bayer take a slender advantage to Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium for the return leg on March 17.

Reigning Spanish league champions Atletico played the last quarter of an hour with ten men after defensive midfielder Tiago was sent off for a second booking. 

Bayer, the 2002 Champions League finalists, edged closer to breaking their last 16 jinx having failed to pass this stage of the competition in their last three previous attempts. Roger Schmidt’s Leverkusen ended their three-match winless streak in the Bundesliga in style by stunning the 2014 finalists.

Bayern were humiliated 4-0 at home by PSG last season at the same stage in the competition.

Murray ousted

Andy Murray was knocked out of Dubai Championships on Thursday, losing to 18-year-old Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinal. Murray, who reached the Australian Open final this year, had 55 unforced errors and only 15 winners against the Croatian teen. Coric reached his second career ATP level semifinal.
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