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Arshavin, Acute

He scored the first goal of the match with five minutes remaining. Then Pachelo equalized for Atlético. So Arshavin romped down to the other side and did this to end the game.

Somewhere in a pub in London tonight, gazing forlornly into a half-empty glass of cider, there’s a 1° angle that still doesn’t know what hit it.

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Arshavin, Acute

by Brian Phillips · August 1, 2009

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