Arsenal held hosts Sporting CP to a 2-2 draw on the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal, of their Europa League spherical of 16 tie on Thursday night time.
The Gunners had began the sport with full confidence following their 3-2 win over AFC Bournemouth within the Premier League final Saturday. That they had extra possession and left Sporting chasing the sport for the primary quarter-hour.
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Nonetheless, within the sixth minute, Sporting broke free with Pedro Goncalves beating William Saliba however despatched his effort huge of Matt Turner’s purpose.
Saliba put Arsenal within the lead from Fabio Vieira’s nook within the twenty second minute. He rose the best to move previous Antonio Adan.
Sporting had been again within the recreation within the thirty fourth minute as Goncalo Inacio headed house from Marcus Edwards’ nook.
The Gunners appeared in management within the second half, stringing passes however missing the decisive contact within the closing third.
Nonetheless, Sporting took the lead after a mix-up within the Arsenal defence allowed Paulinho to sneak between Saliba and Ben White to fit into an empty web.
Arsenal’s rally as met with a formidable efficiency by Adan. Nonetheless, Hidemsa Morita scored an personal purpose to degree the scores for the guests.
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Mikel Arteta threw on Emile Smith-Rowe, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Takehiro Tomiyasu in a bid to get in entrance, however it was to not be, because the match ended 2-2.
Arsenal will welcome Sporting to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg on March 16.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Ferencvaros
Leverkusen had been 2-0 winners over Hungarian foes, Ferencvaros, on the Bay Area on Thursday night time.
Kerem Demirbay scored within the tenth minute earlier than Edmond Tapsoba grabbed the second within the 86th minute.
Roma vs Actual Sociedad
Roma beat the visiting LaLiga aspect on the Stadio Olimpico within the first leg of the encounter.
Stephan El-Shaarawy scored the primary purpose for Jose Mourinho’s males within the thirteenth minute and Marash Kumbulla doubled it within the 87th minute.
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Union Berlin vs Union St Gilloise
Union Berlin needed to make do with an 89th-minute equaliser within the conflict towards Union St Gilloise on the Alte Foersterei.
St Gilloise had taken the lead by way of Nigerian Victor Boniface within the twenty eighth minute earlier than Josip Juranovic’s Forty second-minute free-kick leveller for the German aspect.
Yorbe Vertessen restored St Gilloise’s lead within the 58th minute, however once more Berlin levelled by way of Robin Knoche within the 69th minute.
Boniface obtained his second of the night time and the guests’ third within the 72nd minute, just for Sven Michel to degree within the 89th minute.