Football: 10-man Arsenal held in Champions League playoff

Besiktas's Pedro Franco, center, and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal, right, fight for the ball during their Champions League play-off first leg soccer match in Istanbul. Photo / AP
Besiktas's Pedro Franco, center, and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal, right, fight for the ball during their Champions League play-off first leg soccer match in Istanbul. Photo / AP

Arsenal held on with 10 men to draw 0-0 at Besiktas in the Champions League playoff round this morning (NZT), while Bayer Leverkusen is better placed to advance after winning 3-2 at FC Copenhagen.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off with 10 minutes left in the first leg match in Istanbul after being shown a second yellow card for tugging Oguzhan Ozyakup's shirt.

However, the London club nearly grabbed a late winner when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot was turned onto the post.

The highest-scoring match of the night was in Denmark with Leverkusen holding the away goals advantage going into next Wednesday's home leg.

The other matches saw Athletic Bilbao draw 1-1 at Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg beat Malmo 2-1 and Steaua Bucharest edge Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0.

-AP

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