March 23, 2023
Arsenal Defeated In Europa League, Man United Advance To QF

Arsenal Defeated In Europa League, Man United Advance To QF

Arsenal’s hopes of a European title were ended when the Premier League leaders were knocked out of the Europa League on penalties by Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Lisbon progressed to the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, winning 5-3 in the shootout at the Emirates Stadium. The first leg ended 2-2.

Gabriel Martinelli failed to convert from the spot for Arsenal.

“It’s a big blow,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told BT Sport. “Especially in the first 75 minutes, there were times when we weren’t at our level and gave every ball away.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United advanced to the quarter-finals after a 1-0 win at Real Betis.

Arsenal dominated extra time with Martin Odegaard coming on as a substitute, but goalkeeper Antonia Aden made some stunning saves to force a shot.

Manuel Ugarte was sent off two minutes before the end of extra time after receiving his second yellow card.

Granit Xhaka gave Arsenal the lead on the rebound to complete the hosts’ run of form in the first half. Martinelli had his effort on goal blocked by Adán but the ball fell into Xhaka’s path for the Arsenal captain to curl it into the net from inside the area.

Pedro Gonçalves equalized on the hour to spark the visitors’ attack and force extra time.

United Advances

In Seville, Marcus Rashford produced a clinical finish in the 56th minute, finding the bottom corner of the net with a low drive from outside the area to help United win 5-1 on aggregate in second-tier European competition.

Rashford’s 27th goal of the season came after the striker wasted several good chances to put the visitors ahead at Seville’s Benito Villamarin Stadium.

“Betis are a really good team, we saw that against Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​but we beat them twice, so I think we played very well,” manager Erik ten Hag told BT Sport. “In the second half, we were better with the ball, you can create chances after keeping it in their half.”

United won 4-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford last week.

After a 0-0 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, Ten Hag made four changes to his starting line-up with right-back Fachundo Pellistri making his first start for the club.

United won the Europa League in 2017.

The Way of Feyenoord

Feyenoord beat Shakhtar Donetsk 7-1 in Rotterdam to improve to 8-2.

Shakhtar is the last Ukrainian team in European competitions. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Poland due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Orkun Kökçü scored twice in the first half, then scored the second from the spot, while Oussama Idrissi struck twice in the second to lead the rout.

Santiago Gimenez, Alireza Jahanbaksh and Danilo Pereira also got one each for the Dutch club, while Kevin Kelsey scored a consolation for the visitors.

Betis’ crosstown rivals Sevilla were more successful despite losing 1-0 at Fenerbahçe. Six-time Europa League champions Sevilla advanced 2-1 on aggregate. Enner Valenicia scored the winner four minutes before the break for Fenerbahçe.

Juventus beat 10-man Freiburg 2-0 to make it 3-0.

Dušan Vlahović converted from the penalty spot and substitute Federico Chiesa doubled the advantage in stoppage time for the Italian powerhouse.

Leverkusen beat Ferencváros 2-0. After a 2-0 win in the first leg, Roma progressed after a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad.

Belgium’s Union Saint-Gilloise advanced to the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over 10-man Union Berlin after a 3-3 draw in Brussels last week.

European Conference League

West Ham beat AEK Larnaca 4-0 in London.

After Gianluca Scamacca’s opening goal in the first half, Jarrod Bowen struck twice in the opening two minutes of the second half to increase West Ham’s lead to 3-0. Substitute Devine Mbama added a fourth to keep a perfect record in Europe this season.

Last season’s Europa League semi-finalists, a 6-0 aggregate victory sent the Hammers into the quarter-finals of the third-tier European competition.

Lazio were beaten 2-1 over both legs by Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

Fiorentina beat Turkey’s Sivasspor 4-1 to go 5-1. Civspor finished the home game with 10 points after captain Hakan Arslan received a red card.

Anderlecht went 2-1 ahead with a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad and commanded a 4-1 aggregate victory after a 3-1 win over Nice Sheriff.

Sweden’s Djurgarden lost 3-0 to Polish club Lech Poznan for a 5-0 aggregate elimination. The two teams drew 4-4 against Sloan in Bratislava and Basel won 4-1 on penalties after going to extra time.

On Wednesday, Gent advanced by beating Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1.

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