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Vieri's strike keeps Inter perfect

Christian Vieri
Vieri was making his first appearance since September 10.

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Milan, Italy -- Christian Vieri's last-minute header maintained Inter Milan's perfect start to this season's Champions League with a 2-1 Group B win over Dynamo Kiev.

Inter took the lead on 21 minutes through defender Daniele Adani, but Serhiy Fyodorov levelled for the Ukrainians 11 minutes later following a mistake by goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.

Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow picked up their first points in this season's competition after drawing 0-0 in Moscow.

Italian striker Vieri, making his first appearance as a substitute since injuring his knee in early September, muscled his way into the box to head home Kily Gonzalez's cross at the San Siro.

"I had a real desire to score," Vieri said. "We've played two great matches and now we just have to continue on this road."

Inter, 3-0 winners over Arsenal in their opening game, had looked as if they would have to settle for a point after Toldo -- who had kept clean sheets in five previous appearances this season -- had fumbled Tiberiu Ghioane's low cross into Ferorov's path.

"Two wins gives us a certain peace of mind, but we'll still need more points to win the group," Inter coach Hector Cuper said. "We suffered tonight but the important thing is we won."

Thierry Henry (left), Dmitry Sennikov
Arsenal's Henry (left) battles with Dmitry Sennikov.

Thierry Henry wasted Arsenal's best chance in Moscow when he shot over on nine minutes, while Dmitri Loskov came closest for Lokomotiv with a freekick at the end of the first half.

The Russian champions dominated possession but the lively presence of Henry ensured a steady stream of scoring opportunities for the visitors.

Henry played in French teammate Robert Pires on 55 minutes but his shot was straight at Sergei Ovchinnikov. The Lokomotiv keeper also stopped Ashley Cole's fierce drive on 68 minutes after Henry had again created havoc in the Russian defense.

Defender Kolo Toure also came close to breaking the deadlock for Arsenal with a glancing header from a first-half corner.

"We feel frustrated because we had chances to score goals which we are used to doing," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. "But the team played well and you can't fault their spirit."

Inter lead the group with a maximum six points, three clear of Kiev. Lokomotiv and Arsenal have one point each.

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