Arsenal let themselves be tied in the Europa League; Man U achieves triumph

BERLIN (AP) – Arsenal allowed a goal in injury time and had to resign themselves to a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday, while Manchester United won 2- 0 on his visit to Granada.

Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in the last minute to put United in a seemingly comfortable position to seal a ticket to the semi-finals. Marcus Rashford had given the visitors the lead in Spain.

Arsenal paid the price for deconcentration. Nicolás Pépé had put the Gunners ahead in the 86th minute.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno made a good deflection to avoid a Lukas Provod goal in injury time, but couldn’t stop Tomas Holes from equalizing on the resulting corner.

Roma also recovered from a disadvantage to win 2-1 in their visit to Ajax, while Villarreal beat Dinamo 1-0 in Zagreb, thanks to a penalty converted by Gerard Moreno.

ARSENAL FRUSTRATED

The English team had worked hard before Pépé put it forward in a deserved way. Brazilian winger Willian rocked a post with a free kick early in the second half and Alexadre Lacazette must have scored shortly after, with only the goalkeeper in front of him.

But the French attacker chose to raise the ball, which crashed into the crossbar.

Pépé unlocked the match with a chopped ball against goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. Holes scored with a header in the fourth stoppage time.

UNITED ADVANTAGE

The Red Devils took a good lead despite a difficult match in Andalusia.

Rashford showed serenity to finish against goalkeeper Rui Silva in the 31st minute. Granada came close to equalizing before the break, with a shot from Yangel Herrera that hit a stick.

Yan Brice got the yellow card after committing the penalty on Fernandes, who had been a discreet performance.

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The Portuguese Rui Silva was about to stop the shot of his compatriot Fernandes, who nevertheless ended up celebrating.

ROME REMONTA

Like Arsenal, Ajax let go of the win.

Davy Klaasen capitalized on defensive doubts to score Ajax’s first goal at home in the 39th minute. The Dutch midfielder took advantage of an oversight by Amadou Diawara, intercepting a pass backwards.

Behind a wall with Dusan Tadic, Klaasen scored, facing the timidity with which defenders Roger Ibáñez and Gianluca Mancini faced him.

Tadic should have made it 2-0 at the beginning of the complement, but Roma goalkeeper Pau López saved his penalty.

Lorenzo Pellegrini equalized with a free kick that goalkeeper Kjeil Scherpen unleashed over the line in the 57th minute. Ibáñez washed away his defensive flaw and scored the winning goal in the 87th minute.

The Brazilian took a clearance attempt from Klaasen after a corner. He dominated the ball with his chest and unloaded a volley.

The return matches will be played next Thursday.

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