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LONDON---Arsenal will play in the
Champions League for a 16th consec-
utive season, and 10-man Schalke
scraped into the group stage along
with them after beating PAOK Saloni-
ka in a thrilling encounter yesterday.
With a 3-0 lead over Fenerbahce
from the first leg, Aaron Ramsey netted
twice at the Emirates Stadium to ensure
Arsenal comfortably won the playoff
5-0 on aggregate.
"At the top level, the most difficult
thing is to be consistent and of course
it's an achievement ... but our ambition
is much higher than that," said manager
Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal side has
never won European football's biggest
It was a nervier night for Schalke,
which overcame U.S. midfielder Jer-
maine Jones being sent off to win 3-
2 at Salonika and advance 4-3.
Steaua Bucharest will be in the group
stage draw for the first time in five
years after drawing 2-2 at Legia Warsaw
to go through on away goals after the
first leg finished 1-1.
Basel, already leading Ludogorets
Razgrad 4-2, won 2-0 on home soil to
cruise into Thursday's draw where it
will be joined by Austria Vienna, which
squeezed through 4-3 on aggregate,
despite losing 3-2 on the night at home
to Dinamo Zagreb.
At the Emirates Stadium, Fenerbahce
gifted Arsenal the lead after 25 minutes,
with Ramsey providing the finish from
The Wales midfielder, who scored in
Istanbul last week, volleyed in another
in the 72nd after being set up by Kieran
Gibbs. There had been a blow for Arse-
nal early in the second half when
Lukas Podolski was carried off on a
stretcher with a left hamstring injury
that will rule the Germany forward
out for three weeks.
"We paid a heavy price on the injury
front because we lost Podolski,"
In Greece, Adam Szalai put Schalke
in front before half time after Atsuto
Uchida squared the ball to him.
Stefanos Athanasiadis blasted in an
equaliser for the resilient Salonika
hosts at the start of the second half,
and their chances of advancing
appeared to have been boosted by
Schalke being reduced to 10 men when
Jones received his second booking for
fouling Dimitris Salpingidis in the
But Julian Draxler restored the Ger-
man side's lead three minutes later
from a tight angle after rounding goal-
Although Kostas Katsouranis headed
Schalke level from Miroslav Stochin's
free kick in the 79th, Szalai struck
again in the 90th to ensure Schalke
will play in the group stage for the
In Poland, Steaua looked to be
cruising after Nicolae Stanciu and
Federico Piovaccari scored inside the
first nine minutes to put the visitors
3-1 up on aggregate
But Legia Warsaw pulled one back
in the 27th through Miroslav Radovic's
header, and Jakub Rzezniczak netted
in the fourth minute of stoppage time
at the end but it came too late to pre-
vent Steaua progressing on away goals.
Basel enjoyed the most relaxing
night, with Fabian Frei knocking in a
corner after 11 minutes and substitute
Philipp Degen scoring with his second
touch 11 minutes from the end. (AP)
pion Bayern Munich conceded a
late goal and had to settle for a
1-1 draw at Freiburg in a Bun-
desliga match yesterday, dropping
its first points of the season.
Bayern paid the price for some
complacency in the end despite
controlling most of the match,
which was played ahead of the
weekend because Bayern plays
Chelsea on Friday in Prague in the
UEFA Super Cup. Bayern won the
Champions League and Chelsea is
the Europa League champion.
"We played well, we attacked,
but we didn't use our chances,"
said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola,
who made seven changes from the
lineup that beat Nuremberg 2-0
on Saturday. "All players played
well. In the Bundesliga, you can
concede a late goal."
Xherdan Shaqiri put Bayern
ahead in the 33rd but Nicolas Hoe-
fler notched the equaliser in the
"We didn't use our chances and
failed to score the second goal that
would have secured the victory,"
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.
Freiburg finished fifth last season
but had earned only one point from
the previous three rounds.
Bayern's important midfielder
Bastian Schweinsteiger limped off
the field in the second half with
a leg injury.
Shaqiri collected a cross from
Thomas Mueller and drove home
at the far post with his left foot.
The ball shaved the post and
bounced into the net.
Although Bayern had most of
the possession, Freiburg's Charles-
Elie Laprevotte hit the outside of
the post early in the second half,
his last touch of the match before
And it was Freiburg's substitutes
who combined for the equalizer.
Sebastian Freis crossed from the
right and Hoefler tapped the ball
from close range at the far post
although Bayern had six players
defending in its area.
"When you play Bayern you
have to be incredibly mentally
strong and that's what we were,"
Freiburg coach Christian Streif said
Before Freiburg's goal, Bayern
missed chances from Mueller and
Franck Ribery, who had come on
Dante had a late chance but his
shot from 10 meters (yards) went
Guardiola sent on striker Mario
Mandzukic late in the game but
to no avail.
Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Bau-
mann also had a strong perform-
ance to deny Bayern a second goal.
"We fought all the way but it's
still funny how the game turned
around," Baumann said. (AP)
LONDON---Fraizer Campbell s
two goals in Cardiff s stunning
3-2 win over Manchester City
earned him the top spot in the
player rankings yesterday in The
Associated Press global football
poll, while his Welsh club was
second behind Atletico Madrid
in the team vote.
Campbell's two headers caused
the biggest upset of the young
season in any of the major Euro-
pean leagues --- and he's arguably
the most surprising name so far
atop the weekly AP list.
The 25-year-old striker, who
has only played one match for
England, used his pace to exploit
a City defense missing captain
Vincent Kompany and proved an
aerial threat when he scored from
"Fraizer Campbell was their
star and I will be looking forward
to the rest of the season after that
display," said panelist Mike
McGrath, of The Sun and the
Wardles news agency. "Their
result against Manchester City
was no fluke, it was down to a
detailed game plan and players
executing what their manager
Slovakia striker Marek Hamsik
is second in the player vote after
his double for Napoli gave man-
ager Rafa Benitez a winning start
against Bologna. Luca Toni, who
scored both goals in Verona's 2-
1 win against AC Milan, is third.
"The Napoli skipper led by
example, scoring twice and hav-
ing a role in his side's other goal
as his team showed their intent
to challenge Juventus for the Serie
A title with a first-up 3-0 win
over Bologna," said Marc Mon-
teverde, a football writer for News
Atletico Madrid finished first
in the team rankings after beating
Rayo Vallecano 5-0. Cardiff is
second and Arsenal third, after
following up its 3-0 away win
against Fenerbache in a Cham-
pions League qualifier with a 3-
1 victory at Fulham.
"Atletico Madrid absolutely tore
Rayo Vallecano apart on Sunday
night, scoring five goals in an
astonishing display of power and
skill. Cardiff City impressed in a
slightly different way, relying on
set piece prowess to conquer 2012
Premier League champions Man-
chester City in the weekend's
biggest upset," said Sam Tighe
of the Bleacher Report.
Meanwhile, Julian Bennets, of
England's Hayters news agency,
was impressed with Arsenal's
response to losing its opening
fixture 3-1 against Aston Villa.
"A woeful start to the season,
but back-to-back victories have
eased the pressure on Arsene
Wenger," Bennets said. "The
Arsenal manager can be pleased
with the way his side performed
at both Fenerbahce and Fulham,
but there is still a feeling the club
are only one poor result away
from a crisis."
Two Atletico players made the
top 10, with Diego Costa sixth
and Arda Turan 10th.
Carlos Tevez came fifth after
a goal for Juventus on his league
debut and Liverpool striker Daniel
Sturridge, who scored the only
goal in the team's 1-0 win away
to Aston Villa, enters in ninth
Italian club Verona is sixth in
the team rankings after beating
AC Milan, 13 points above
Barcelona, which beat Malaga 1-
0 to maintain its winning start.
Tenth-placed Marseille is the only
French side in the rankings this
week; it won 1-0 against Valen-
ciennes thanks to a late winner
from Andre-Pierre Gignac. (AP)
League for 16th
Erkin during their
second leg soccer
match at Emirates
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Bayern held to 1-1 draw in Freiburg
Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver
Baumann, right, and teammate
Christian Guenter celebrate after
the German first division
Bundesliga soccer match between
SC Freiburg and FC Bayern
Munich, in Freiburg, southern
Germany, yesterday. The match
finished 1-1. AP PHOTO
Campbell, Atletico Madrid top AP football poll
AP Global Football
Rankings, for week ending
1. Fraizer Campbell, 131 points.
2. Marek Hamsik, 119.
3. Luca Toni, 83.
4. Lukas Podolski, 67.
5. Carlos Tevez, 48.
6. Diego Costa, 47.
7. Sidney Sam, 44.
8. Franck Ribery, 43.
9. Daniel Sturridge, 39.
10. Arda Turan, 31.
1. Atletico Madrid, 154 points.
2. Cardiff, 143.
3. Arsenal, 112.
4. Napoli, 93.
5. Bayern Munich, 67
(tie) Juventus, 67.
7. Verona, 65.
8. Barcelona, 52.
9. Bayer Leverkusen, 47.
10. Marseille, 43.
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