Sporting stun Arsenal in shootout to make Europa League last eight
LONDON: Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Antonio Adan saved Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty to give the Portuguese side a 5-3 victory after a 1-1 draw. Europa League clash on Thursday.
The teams were tied 3-3 on aggregate in the tie but the Lisbon club, fourth in the Portuguese league standings, advanced to the quarter-finals when Adan kept out Martinelli’s weak effort.
Premier League Leaders Arsenal went ahead when a superb ball from Jorginho picked out Martinelli on the left and after his shot was saved, Granit Xhaka followed up to fire the ball into the net.
Pedro Goncalves scored a stunning equalizer for the visitors just before the hour mark when he saw home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale off his line and fired a shot from just inside the Arsenal half, his 45-yard effort into the net. I drowned.
Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Marcus Edwards was one-on-one with Ramsdale but his shot was saved before Arsenal forward Leandro Troussard only beat the goalkeeper in added time but his strike hit the post. .
“I think we did well in certain periods of the game but for most of the game we weren’t at the level we should have been,” Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard said. BT Sport.
“For parts of the game we did well but we didn’t play our best football. It was a tight game and it could have gone either way.
“Getting out of this competition is a big blow, it was a big target for us. But now we have to come back strong and make sure we do well in the league.”
Draw without a goal.
Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma held Real Sociedad to a goalless draw in Spain to seal their tie 2-0 on aggregate.
The home side dominated the chances but the Italians stopped them with a defensive defence. Roma were the first winners of the Europa Conference League last season.
Moussa Diaby’s early goal and Amine Adli’s second-half strike were enough for Bayer Leverkusen to beat Hungarian side Ferencvaros 2-0 as the German club led 4-0 on aggregate.
Teddy Tioma, Lazare Amani and Loic Lapoussin scored for Belgium as they beat Union Berlin 3-0 to win 6-3 on aggregate.
They reached the quarter-finals in their first season in UEFA competition as the German side ended up with 10 men after a second booking for Jank Haberer in the closing stages.
Earlier on Thursday, Marcus Rashford’s superb goal helped Manchester United beat Spanish side Real Betis 1-0 to seal a 5-1 aggregate win in the quarter-finals.
Bates missed a number of chances in the first half before Rashford scored the winner with a 30-yard shot that went into the net.
Juventus beat 10-man Freiburg 2-0 to go 3-0 on aggregate as Dušan Vlahoč scored from the penalty spot and Federico Chiesa added a late second.
Feyenoord beat Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk 7-1 to improve to 8-2 on aggregate as captain Orkon Koko and forward Osama Idrisi scored twice.
Sevilla, a record six-time Europa League winner, advanced 2-1 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 to Fenerbahce. Turkey’s Enner Valencia converted the penalty into a goal.