Villarreal beneficial properties slender lead in chaotic win over Arsenal

    VILLARREAL, Spain: Villarreal claimed a slender benefit of their Europa League semi-final in opposition to Arsenal with a 2–1 house win within the first leg on Thursday, though they might really feel upset when the London membership have been off the hook.

    First-half targets by Manu Trigueros and Raoul Albiol put the Spanish membership in command and it appeared bleak for the guests when Dani Ceballos was despatched simply earlier than the hour mark.

    Arsenal have been stoned and wanted keeper Bern Leno to maintain them from slipping backwards and forwards however Nicolas Pepe gave them life as they transformed within the 73rd minute penalty.

    A chaotic recreation took one other flip as Villarreal was additionally diminished to 10 males when Tottenham Hotspur participant Etienne Capoue acquired the second yellow card.

    Coached by former Arsenal supervisor and Europe League specialist Unai Emery, Villarreal maintained his 100% house document within the competitors this season.

    However the tie is delicately balanced forward of a return to London subsequent week.

    (Reporting by Martin Orman, Modifying by Ed Osmond)


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