Sport Sporting CP 2-2 Arsenal
Buts: Inácio (34e) and Paulinho (55e) for the Leões // Saliba (22e) and Morita (62eCSC) for the Gunners
Even on a bad day, Arsenal manage to pull through this season. On the move on the Sporting CP lawn, the Gunners, slightly overhauled, managed to grab a draw at the end of a meeting where they were put in danger. Despite William Saliba opening the score from a corner (0-1, 22e)Mikel Arteta’s players gradually lost their footing and conceded two pawns, one before the break from a header from Gonçalo Inácio (1-1, 34e) and another after returning from the locker room on a superb pass from Marcus Edwards for Pedro Gonçalves, whose strike repelled by Matt Turner returns to Paulinho, who finishes at close range (2-1, 55e). A short-lived advantage, since on a strong pass from Granit Xhaka, Hidemasa Morita deflects the ball out of reach of poor Antonio Adán (2-2, 62e). The score will not change despite a huge opportunity on each side: a completely missed face-to-face from Paulinho and a huge solitary raid from Gabriel Martinelli almost stopped on the line by Jerry St. Juste. Ball in the center before the return to the Emirates.
Sport AS Roma 2-0 Real Sociedad
Buts : El Shaarawy (13e) et Kumbula (87e)
Slowly but surely, Roma remain in contention for a historic double C3 / C4, and their controlled victory against Real Sociedad allows them to have a foot and a few toes in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The protagonists of this good result? Stephan El Shaarawy, at the conclusion of a flashback (1-0, 13e)and Marash Kumbulla, who catapults the leather into the back of the net with a powerful header from a corner (2-0, 87e). Dominated and almost resigned, the Basques have offered too little to be able to hope to return the Wolf, and it will take almost a miracle for David Silva and his teammates not to come out in the round of 16.
Sport Union Berlin 3-3 Union saint-gilloise
Buts: Juranović (42e), bones (69e) and Michael (89e) for the iron // Boniface (28e72e) and Vertessen (58e) for Apaches
Two thrill teams that compete inevitably give rise to a thrill match. And this European duel of the Unions did indeed give birth to a spectacular draw. Saint-Gilloise strikes first shortly before the half hour mark thanks to Victor Boniface and a bit of success, the latter’s slightly deflected cross shooting like a comet towards the opposing skylight (0-1, 28e). The top scorer this season in C3 will also score twice in the second half, at the conclusion of a high recovery and a counter played at a hundred an hour. (2-3, 72e). Meanwhile, Josip Juranović’s wonderfully worked right paw from a free kick (1-1, 42e) and the goal in two stages, after having seen his penalty postponed, by Robin Knoche (2-2, 69e) had allowed Union Berlin each time to come back into the game, since Yorbe Vertessen had restored the advantage to the Belgians, once again on a well-conducted counter (1-2, 58e). Finally, with a nice half-volley, Sven Michel manages to snatch the draw for the locals (3-3, 89e)who thus retain all their chances of joining the quarterfinals.
Sport Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 Ferencváros TC
Goals: Demirbay (9e) et Tapsoba (86e) for Schwarzroten
What if Bayer Leverkusen managed to save its mediocre season with a nice run in the Europa League? Monaco fell in the previous round, Bayer was efficient to erase Ferencváros on Thursday evening. Perfectly launched by Kerem Demirbay’s potato from outside the box (1-0, 9e)Xabi Alonso’s men then disappeared for almost the rest of the game and left the door ajar for their evening opponent, who never knew how to take advantage of it, apart from a mine from Kristoffer Zachariassen on the crossbar (25e). Clinical, Bayer kills the meeting – and perhaps the double confrontation – at the end of the match. On a splendid free kick from Adam Hložek which crashed into the right upright of Dénes Dibusz, Edmond Tapsoba was quicker to recover the leather of the head, at the entrance to the penalty area, and send it to the bottom of the nets (2-0, 86e). The Hungarian club will be able to harbor regrets.
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