Sporting Lisbon beat Arsenal in Europa stunner as Man United, Juve advance

Sevilla: Sporting Lisbon sent off Arsenal with a penalty shoot-out victory after Pedro Goncalves’ impressive Europa League equalizer, while Manchester United and Juventus progressed to the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Sporting lagged behind as Granit Xhaka put Premier League leaders Arsenal ahead in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.

But Portugal midfielder Goncalves forced extra time when he defeated Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale with a stunning shot from 46 yards.

Evasive Strike

With reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her son Saint, an Arsenal fan, watching from the stands, a vibrant encounter that night ended 1-1 and 3-3 on aggregate, requiring penalties to seal the tie to decide.

It was Sporting who came away with a surprising 5-3 win on penalties as Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was saved by Antonio Adan and Nuno Santos saved the decisive shot.

Marcus Rashford’s long-range flick gave Manchester United a 1-0 win at Real Betis and a 5-1 aggregate win.

Joaquin hit the post for Betis and Juanmi missed two clear chances for the hosts as they started well and tried to close their three-goal deficit at the lively Benito Villamarin Stadium.

However, Rashford’s brilliant goal early in the second half dashed that idea and United saw the game finish comfortably as Betis’ energy waned.

winning attitude

“As soon as you score the first goal, it’s game over and they don’t believe in it anymore,” said Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag.

“That’s another step (forward) we’ve taken, a winning attitude to deal with.”

Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini added: “When we heard the draw we knew we had prepared the toughest opponents in the Europa League with a huge budget for the Champions League.

“In the second leg we had three clear chances to change the momentum while they had one and they persevered. But I’m proud of my team that hasn’t changed its identity.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag with Marcus Rashford during the Real Betis clash.

Photo credit: Reuters

Juventus advance effortlessly

Three-time champions Juventus scored a 2-0 win over 10-man Freiburg to progress 3-0 on aggregate with goals from Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa.

Juventus, who led Freiburg with a goal from the first leg, thought they had taken the lead when Vlahovic scored from close range but it was ruled offside by VAR.

The Serbian striker then fired from the penalty spot just before half-time after Manuel Gulde lost in the penalty area and received his second yellow card.

full control

With Juventus in full control and Freiburg at a numerical disadvantage, the tie was all but over and Chiesa ended the win late.

Six-time record winners Sevilla suffered an annoying 1-0 defeat at Fenerbahce when Enner scored Valencia from the penalty spot but qualified 2-1 on aggregate.

Soccer Football – Europa League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – SC Freiburg v Juventus – Europa Park Stadion, Freiburg, Germany – March 16, 2023 Juventus’ Danilo celebrates after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach


Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla, who have been struggling in La Liga, suffered defeat in Turkey but had done enough at home to progress against Fenerbahce and continue their attack.

Michy Batshuayi left early for the hosts injured, damaging their comeback bid, but Jorge Jesus’ side took the lead when Alex treated Telles in the box.

Punching victory

Veteran Ecuadorian striker Valencia scored his 24th goal of the season for Fenerbahce.

Sevilla looked to progress despite pressure from the hosts in the second half as they looked for a second goal to force extra time.

Feyenoord defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 7-1 on the night at De Kuip to progress to the last eight 8-2 on aggregate.

Aggregate walk

Jose Mourinho’s Roma drew 0-0 at Real Sociedad and advanced 2-0 on aggregate, while Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 at Ferencvaros to secure a 4-0 aggregate win.

In the UEFA Conference League round of 16, Fiorentina defeated Sivasspor 4-1 and won 5-1 on aggregate, but Serie A Lazio were eliminated 2-1 at AZ Alkmaar and 4-2 on aggregate in the evening.

West Ham defeated AEK Larnaca 4-0 to complete a 6-0 aggregate win, while Anderlecht defeated Villarreal 2-1 after a 1-0 win in Spain.

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