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Saturday 10 December 2016

Arsenal shocked as Chelsea find finally some form

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb made a dream start to their Champions League campaign after a goal in each half gave them a shock 2-1 home win over 10-man Arsenal in their Group F match last night.

An Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal followed by a Junior Fernandes header put Dinamo in the driving seat before Theo Walcott pulled one back for Arsene Wenger's Premier League side, who had striker Olivier Giroud (left) sent off in the first half.

Having failed to advance past the group stage of Europe's elite club competition in their previous four attempts, Dinamo produced a morale-boosting performance in the Maksimir stadium.

Meanwhile, Diego Costa scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea as the Premier League champions claimed a much-needed fillip by thrashing Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

Willian, Oscar, with a penalty, Costa - on as a substitute after being omitted as one of six changes following the loss at Everton - and Cesc Fabregas scored as the Blues opened Group G with a 4-0 victory, their first home win of the season.

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