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Last gasp Vermaelen strike helps Arsenal down Magpies

Thomas Vermaelen’s dramatic added-time winner moved Arsenal to within one point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur after a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium Monday.

sports Updated: Mar 13, 2012 23:19 IST

Thomas Vermaelen’s dramatic added-time winner moved Arsenal to within one point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur after a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium Monday.

Arsene Wenger’s side looked as though they would stumble in their efforts to increase the pressure on their near neighbours as the visitors hung on stubbornly until the dying moments.

Robin van Persie had scored his 33rd goal of the season a minute after Hatem Ben Arfa had given the visitors a 14th minute lead.

But Arsenal were forced to wait until the final moments of the game before Vermaelen finished off a superb attacking move by sweeping the ball home past Tim Krul to secure a fifth successive league victory for the home side. Newcastle remain in sixth position but with an eight-point gap not separating them from Arsenal, their hopes of a top four finish have effectively been ended.

Back to back victories over Tottenham and Liverpool had revitalised Arsenal’s hopes.

India blanked 0-4 by DPR Korea
Kathmandu: The Indian football team rounded off a miserable campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup, blanked 0-4 by strong contenders DPR Korea in their last league encounter at the Dashrath Stadium here on Tuesday. This was India’s third defeat in a row in a competition where the team failed to score a single goal. Coach Savio Medeira said, “We had performed solidly in SAFF Champ-ionship last year. But I couldn’t see the same spirit from the boys. The team lacked spirit and there was no one willing to show responsibility and as a coach it's very disheartening to see those things on the field.”

Baan likely to pick Medeira successor
New Delhi: All-India Football Feder-ation (Aiff) bosses have decided that technical director Rob Baan will take a final call in zeroing in on Savio Medeira’s replacement. “He will not get an extension after this dismal show,” a senior Aiff official said.

“He (Rob Baan) will be the man who would decide on a foreign replacement,” the source added, “The standard of Indian coaches is not encouraging.”