All the stats and match details from Thursday evening’s tie between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the Europa League first-leg semi-final.
Arsene Wenger’s side hosted their Spanish opponents at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 27, 2018
With the match clearly being a tough affair over the two legs given Atletico’s quality, Arsenal went into the game hoping to lean on home comforts to secure a clear advantage before we looked to book ourselves a place in the Final with the second leg.
In many ways, Arsenal couldn’t have got a better start as Atletico were reduced to ten men ten minutes into the tie as defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow card offences. The man advantage didn’t prove to be useful ultimately. Despite dominating chances and possession on the day we looked set to take only a 1-0 advantage moving forward as Alexandre Lacazette found the net in the 61st minute. Antoine Griezmann found a leveller inside of the final ten minutes and, to put it simply, it’s about as good as a defeat.
Not true. Lacazette can score. Idk why u say he cant, he’s scored regularly now. Midfield, özil and Ramsey both play masterclass and provide great balls. Defense sucks. We all know that. It wasn’t our night
— Nick Merton (@lil_mert22) April 27, 2018
Fans are certainly remaining optimistic but reactions were mixed.
2nd leg Welbeck masterclass
— Mike?? (@NoLookMesut) April 27, 2018
What a display of skill, passion, desire, determination and relentless. There were mistakes, yes, but I can't fault players such as playing below their average, some even put in their best season's performance. Whatever the results the combination on display gives me great hope!
— We Chant: There is only one Arsene Wenger! (@gooner_tt) April 27, 2018
Gunners are still there and I think we can do it in Spain and make the final
— John Casey (@jc1600sport) April 27, 2018
Guys were careless, didn't seize the golden opportunity they had last night
Madrid maybe very difficult to win
— Alhaji Abubakar Khal (@khalAbubakar) April 27, 2018
This just about sums up the whole season
— brenda aicardi (@baicardi31) April 27, 2018
We can do this, let us stop the negativity! We actually had a very good game bar that embarrassing defensive error that gave them an away goal. 1-0 would have been a great result but we can still go through!
— Jay Njoroge (@Jay2em) April 27, 2018
Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg
26/04/2018 8:05 pm
Referee: C Turpin
|Lacazette (61)||Griezmann (82)|