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Ozil wondergoal completes stunning comeback in Bulgaria and puts Arsenal top of group

Published 01/11/2016 | 21:45

Football Soccer - PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group A - Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria - 1/11/16
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil lobs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad's Milan Borjan before scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs
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Football Soccer - PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group A - Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria - 1/11/16 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil lobs PFC Ludogorets Razgrad's Milan Borjan before scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

A late Mesut Ozil strike saw Arsenal come from two goals behind to beat Ludogorets and secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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With Group A rivals Paris St Germain beating Basle in Switzerland, a win for the Gunners was enough to see them through with two games to spare.

Ozil popped up with three minutes remaining to complete a 3-2 win, which had looked improbable following a shaky start to proceedings at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.

Ludogorets were two goals ahead inside the opening 15 minutes as Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru struck, but a first Champions League goal for Granit Xhaka and a header from Olivier Giroud before the break had Arsenal level and Ozil's late heroics mean they have qualified out of the opening group stage for a 17th consecutive season.

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