Patient Arsenal beat Dortmund to take group lead

Wed Nov 6, 2013 5:33pm EST
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DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - An Aaron Ramsey header gave patient Arsenal an important 1-0 win at last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday, allowing them to take control of Group F with two games left to play.

Arsenal, who avenged a 2-1 loss to Dortmund in London last month, bided their time for more than an hour in pouring rain, soaking up Dortmund attacks before striking with their first effort on goal.

The visitors scored against the run of play with Wales international Ramsey sneaking into the box to head home in the 62nd minute.

The result lifts Arsenal to nine points from four games, ahead on goal difference of Napoli who beat Olympique Marseille 3-2. Dortmund drop to third on six.

"We were mature in our tactics, we made no major mistakes and had patience," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger told reporters.

"We had problems creating chances and we had a brief difficult period early in the second half but then we scored and were not so much under pressure."

The hosts, who until Wednesday had never lost at home to English opposition in seven contests, wasted half a dozen clear chances but failed to make their dominance count.

"Dortmund fought really well. We were lucky to have scored," said Wenger. "It was a bit like the first game in London where they had one shot in the second half and scored. This time it was us."

Both teams brought a solid track record to the game with Arsenal unbeaten for 14 games away from home and Dortmund having won eight out of eight at home this season, including the German Super Cup.   Continued...

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates after defeating Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League Group F soccer match in Dortmund November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay