Arsenal conceded in damage time to attract 1-1 with Slavia Prague within the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal on Thursday, whereas Manchester United received 2-Zero in Granada.
Bruno Fernandes’ last-minute penalty put United in a commanding place to succeed in the semifinals after Marcus Rashford had given the guests the lead in Spain.
Arsenal paid the value for a scarcity of focus after failing to defend Nicolas Pépé’s 86th-minute opener.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno made a nice save to disclaim Lukáš Provod in damage time, however couldn’t cease Tomáš Holeš from grabbing Prague’s equalizer from the resultant nook.
Roma additionally got here from behind to win 2-1 at Ajax, and Villarreal received 1-Zero at Dinamo Zagreb due to Gerard Moreno’s penalty earlier than the break.
Arsenal had labored laborious for Pépé’s opener. Brazilian winger Willian struck the publish with a free kick early within the second half, and Alexandre Lacazette ought to have scored later when he solely had the goalkeeper to beat. The French striker opted to carry the ball solely to see it crash again off the crossbar.
The guests missed possibilities of their very own earlier than Pépé lastly broke the impasse with a chip over the outrushing Ondřej Kolář within the Slavia purpose.
Holeš headed in Prague’s equalizer within the fourth minute of damage time.
UNITED IN CONTROL
United emerged with a commanding benefit regardless of a tricky recreation in Andalusia.
Rashford scored with a cool end previous Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva within the 31st. The buildup was easy. United goalkeeper David de Gea handed to defender Victor Lindelöf, who despatched a protracted ball over the house facet’s protection for Rashford to latch onto with a superb first contact earlier than he fired previous Silva. It was the England striker’s 20th purpose of the season in all competitions.
Granada responded earlier than the break with Yangel Herrera hanging the publish, Roberto Soldado going shut after which Kenedy testing De Gea after a nook. The house facet maintained its strain after the interval, when once more Kenedy compelled De Gea into motion.
Harry Maguire turned the third United participant to be dominated out of the second leg via suspension when he was booked for a foul on Soldado within the 72nd. Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay have been booked earlier, as was Granada defender Domingos Duarte, who will even miss subsequent week’s recreation.
Yan Brice was booked after conceding the penalty on Fernandes, who’d had a quiet recreation. Rui Silva nearly saved the spot kick however Fernandes’s effort squirmed via.
ROMA COMES BACK
Ajax, like Arsenal, was to rue a missed alternative.
Davy Klaassen capitalized on hesitant defending to attain the house staff’s opener within the 39th. The Dutch midfielder minimize out Amadou Diawara’s weak again cross and exchanged passes with Dušan Tadić earlier than scoring as Roma defenders Roger Ibañez and Gianluca Mancini backed off.
Tadić ought to have made it 2-Zero early within the second half, however Roma goalkeeper Pau López saved his penalty.
Lorenzo Pellegrini then equalized with a free kick that younger goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen fumbled over the road within the 57th, and Ibañez atoned for his lackluster defensive show with the winner within the 87th. Ibañez took Klaassen’s tried clearance from a nook on his chest earlier than firing a volley in below the crossbar.
The second legs are to be performed subsequent Thursday.