March 8, 2006

Arsenal knock out Real Madrid after 0-0 draw at Highbury

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal knocked nine-times winners Real
Madrid out of the Champions League on Wednesday as a goalless
Highbury draw was enough to send the Londoners into the
quarter-finals 1-0 on aggregate.

Arsenal dominated the first half but failed to take their
chances, the best falling to Jose Antonio Reyes who fired
against the bar in the 43rd minute with the goal gaping.

Real, as badly off the pace in the first period as they had
been in the first leg, injected some pace after the break and
went agonisingly close on the hour when Raul smacked an
18-meter half-volley against a post then saw home keeper Jens
Lehmann somehow claw his follow-up past the upright.

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, scorer of the only goal in
the Bernabeu, twice went close in the last 20 minutes as both
teams threw men forward in increasing desperation but neither
could find the net, much to Arsenal's satisfaction.