VIL vs ARS UEFA Europa League Semifinal: Villarreal vs Arsenal: The 1st leg of the UEL Semifinals was won by Villareal 2-1. Both the teams were down to 10 men.
The hosts made 2 changes to their lineup. Rulli replaced Asenjo in goal and Pedraza came into the left-back position as Alberto Moreno was dropped to the bench.
Mikel Arteta made only 1 change to his Arsenal side. Odegaard came into the team as Nketiah was dropped to the bench. Lacazette does not make it in the squad and Aubameyang started from the bench.
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Villareal take an early lead
The hosts took a lead just after 5 minutes. The goal came after Chukwueze did brilliantly on the right-wing after he took Xhaka on and raced into the box.
He tried to trick his way through but was unable to do so as the Arsenal defense knicked the ball away with their toes. Unfortunately for Arsenal, the ball perfectly to Trigueros who drilled the ball into the bottom-left corner from a tight angle.
Villareal double their lead
Raul Albiol doubled Villareal’s lead in the 29th minute. The goal came after a corner was whipped into the box from the left by Parejo and Moreno flicked it towards Albiol who headed the ball into the net.
It was poor marking by the center-backs as Albiol was left unmarked. Thomas Partey was supposed to mark him but it was poor defending by the Ghana international.
Defeat on the night – but a potentially crucial away goal.
🟡 2-1 🔵 (FT)
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 29, 2021
Dani Ceballos Red Card
It went from bad to worse for the Gunners. Ceballos who already received a yellow in the 1st half was shown the 2nd yellow for a late challenge on Parejo. The Arsenal players were frustrated by this decision.
Thomas Partey was shown a yellow card as well for objecting to the referee’s decision.
Arsenal Scores an Away Goal
The Gunners were awarded a penalty after Saka dribbled the ball to take on a couple of Villareal defenders. Trigueros stuck his foot out and brought the youngster down in the box.
Arsenal pulled one back as Nicolas Pepe converted the penalty very calmly. He sent the keeper the wrong way and comfortably placed the ball in the middle to cut the deficit into half in the 73rd minute.
The 2 teams will face again next week at the Emirates.
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