Montella stuns Arsenal

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Arsenal were defeated by a Vicenzo Montella goal, despite a second-half fightback against Roma in their pre-season friendly in Italy last night.

Montella fired the Italians ahead on the stroke of half-time and the Gunners could not force an equaliser. In the 75th minute Arsenal's £10m substitute, Francis Jeffers, blocked Thierry Henry's goalbound shot and then scuffed his own effort.

Second-half goals from the in-form Halmstad strikers Tommy Jonsson and Stefan Selakovic last night put Bohemians out of the Champions' League qualifying competition. Halmstad's 2-0 win in Sweden brought them a 4-1 aggregate victory over the Dublin side.

Barry Town restored some pride with a 3-1 defeat of Porto in their qualifying tie second leg at Jenner Park last night after being demolished 8-0 at the Antas Stadium in the first leg.

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