UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 - Leg 2
SCP wins on aggregate via penalties (5-3)
How Arsenal were knocked out of Europa League after penalty shootout loss against Sporting
Sporting CP have beatenArsenalin a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the second leg of theEuropa Leagueround of 16.
The sides entered the match tied 2-2- on aggregate after the first leg in Portugal last week.
Granit Xhakaput the hosts in front with the opening goal in the 19th minute, but saw his teams advantage cancelled out by a stunning strike from just inside Arsenals half by Pedro Goncalves.
Manuel Ugartewas sent off for Sporting in the 118th minute but that didnt prevent the sides from heading to penalties.
The visitors prevailed in the shootout after Antonio Adan savedGabriel Martinellis attempt. The Brazilian was the sole player to fail to convert as Sporting won 5-3.
It could prove to be a costly defeat for Arsenal as they also lost defendersWilliam SalibaandTakehiro Tomiyasuto injuries early on.
Arsenal may be out, but Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham United will all learn their quarter-final opponents tomorrow.
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Sporting outplayed Arsenal in the second half, but the hosts clearly had chances to put the tie away in extra time:
A crazy, end-to-end tie ends all square, despite Arsenals extra-time push.
The Sporting goalkeeper came up big for his side time and time again tonight:
Antonio Adn made 7 saves tonight against Arsenal, the most hes made in any Europa League m/E52YtIWoRR
No getting away from it: a bad night for Arsenal.
Across the two legs, they looked like a team whose focus is elsewhere. Understandable? Maybe. But I think it will really rankle with Arteta.
They have to bounce back on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
Mikel Arteta has spoken to BT Sport: A huge blow obviously. There were moments in the first 75 minutes where we werent at our level. We gave every ball away and we didnt have the capacity to take the game. There were chances to win it in extra time. There was a lot of uncertainty with the penalties.
It was a very difficult game. We didnt win enough duals in certain spaces. We didnt put the ball under pressure well enough. We gave the ball away consistently and it created a really open game we didnt want to play.
Injuries happened with Tomiyasu and Saliba. We are really restricted with the changes because we only have one window to do one and we didnt have the subs left.
We had big chances to finish the game off.
We just have to look at ourselves and why we were not good enough to go through. We congratulate Sporting and now we have 11 games. Our next game with Palace is a final. Every work we do right now has to be towards Palace and we have to be better than in this game.
We werent at our level.