Premier League club Arsenal with a draw at Sporting
In the Premier League, struggling in Europe: Arsenal have stumbled on their way to their first international title in 29 years. The Londoners came on Thursday in the first leg of the round of 16 Europe League at Sporting Lisbon to a 2:2 (1:1) and have to be more effective in the second leg on March 16th.
William Saliba (22′) and an own goal by Hidemasa Morita (62′) still brought Arsenal a draw, which left a number of chances. sportswho had been relegated to the Champions League, also showed themselves to be strong and dangerous, Goncalo Inacio (34′) and Paulinho (55′) scored for the Portuguese.
In England, Premier League leaders Arsenal are heading for their first league title since 2004. The last triumph on the international stage was a long time ago: in 1994 the “Gunners” won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
AS Roma also won their first leg against Real Sociedad San Sebastian 2-0 (1-0). The team of star coach Jose Mourinho struggled against the Spaniards for a long time, but Stephan El Shaarawy (13th) and Marash Kumbulla (87th) made the difference with their goals.
Manchester United has four days after the 7-0 debacle at Liverpool set a sign of respect internationally. The English record champions won the round of 16 first leg in their own stadium 4-1 (1-1) against Real Betis Sevilla on Thursday. Goals from Marcus Rashford (6th minute), Antony (52nd), Bruno Fernandes (58th) and Wout Weghorst (82nd) gave the Premier League third-placed team the best chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
A week before the second leg in Spain, Ayoze Perez’s goal (52′) was not enough for Sevilla to put coach Erik ten Hag’s team under pressure. Manchester had knocked out Spain’s champions FC Barcelona in the previous playoffs. FC Sevilla, record winners in the UEFA Cup and in the Europa League, also won 2-0 (0-0) against Fenerbahce Istanbul in their own stadium.