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Nedved off as Arsenal go through

Nedved is shown a red card to complete a miserable night for Juve.

TURIN, Italy -- Arsenal are through to the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time after holding Juventus to a goalless draw in Turin on Wednesday.

With a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Arsene Wenger's men comfortably survived against the Italian champions who had Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved sent off after 77 minutes.

Nedved picked up a second yellow card for a strong challenge on Emmanuel Eboue, his departure all but securing Arsenal's passage into the last four to play Villarreal.

Shortly before Nedved had one of the few dangerous Juventus efforts, his fierce shot drawing a fine save from Jens Lehmann.

He then became the third Juventus player to see red in the tie after French defender Jonathan Zebina and Italy winger Mauro Camoranesi were dismissed at Highbury.

Arsenal's young guns were composed throughout the night and they can now look forward to a semi-final against Spaniards Villarreal, victors over Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Aside from Nedved's effort a 15th minute volley from Gianluca Zambrotta was the best a disappointing home side had to offer.

Limited options

The absence of Zebina and Camoranesi along with suspended former Arsenal midfielder and French international Patrick Vieira and injured striker Alessandro Del Piero, left Juve coach Fabio Capello with limited options.

Nedved was back after missing the first leg through suspension and Capello made a surprise selection by leaving out French central defender Lilian Thuram for the quicker Croat Robert Kovac.

Arsenal's injury worries Eboue and Cesc Fabregas were both included in the starting line-up with the latter again giving a reminder of his great promise.

Juve pushed forward with urgency but little fluency or thought -- too many of their moves breaking down with poorly placed passes or players losing possession.

The London side were confident on the ball and made greater use of the flanks but with Henry on his own in attack there was more work for the Juve midfield than their back four.

With no sign of a breakthrough after the opening 15 minutes of the second half Capello withdraw the ineffective Romanian Adrian Mutu and threw on bustling Uruguayan forward Marcelo Zalayeta.

Juve pushed forward in greater numbers, but Arsenal almost punished them on the break in the 65th minute when Alexander Hleb put in Fabregas who forced Buffon to parry a well-struck shot.

The game was well and truly over though when Nedved, minutes after bringing a fine save out of Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, made a reckless tackle on Eboue to get sent off.

Hleb and Freddie Ljungberg both had chances to win the game for Arsenal, but the Londoners had done their job, with little fuss and hardly a whimper from Juventus.

Juventus coach Fabio Capello believes the Premier League team can now go all the way in the Champions League.

"If Arsenal can stay in this kind of physical shape, they will definitely be very hard to beat," he said.

"But I want to congratulate my team because they played very well against an exceptional opponent."

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