News : Europa League: Martin Ødegaard scores for Arsenal for the first time, Tottenham wins too
Arsenal will likely have to win the Europa League to be able to compete in the Champions League next year. In the domestic league, the Gunners are already twelve points behind fourth place, which entitles them to participate in the premier class. As many simple ball losses as in the 3: 1 (1: 0) in the first leg of the first leg in Greece, the team cannot afford to defend against most opponents.
One of these mistakes took advantage of Youssef El-Arabi, who scored to equalize after a loss of the ball by the recently substituted Dani Ceballos (58th minute of the game). A goalkeeping mistake by José Sa had previously given Arsenal the lead. The Olympiakos goalkeeper tried to fend off Martin Ødegaard’s shot with one hand, but only touched the ball lightly on its flight towards the goal (34th) – for the loan player from Real Madrid it was the first goal in the Arsenal jersey. The goals of Gabriel (79th) and Mohamed Elneny (85th) in the final quarter of an hour give the English good prospects before the second leg in a week.
The guests from Zagreb came to London unbeaten in the Europa League, but had little to oppose the Spurs. Harry Kane scored both goals for the favorites in the 2-0 (1-0). First he dusted off after his teammate Erik Lamela’s goal hit the post (25th), then defeated central defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine with a leg shot before scoring his second goal (70th). It was Kane’s 26th goal of the season.
For long stretches almost 70 percent possession, but lost 0: 3 (0: 1). Because while the guests from Ukraine hardly created any scoring chances, the Roma showed themselves to be efficient. Before the break, Lorenzo Pellegrini gave the Italians the lead (23rd). In the second half, Stephan El Shaarawy hit after a counter attack (73rd), then Gianluca Mancini headed for a corner (77th).
Granada CF has won what may be the biggest game in the club’s history. In the 2-0 (1-0) against the Norwegian representative Molde FK, Jorge Molina (26th) and Roberto Soldado (75th) met. Granada, who had never qualified for the European Cup before this season, have good prospects for the quarter-finals in their Europa League debut.
Molde was largely good on the defensive, but was not very efficient on the offensive. Against Hoffenheim in the previous round, the Norwegians had scored five goals with a total of only twelve shots on goal. Moldes Martin Skjelbreid Ellingsen flew off the field with a yellow-red shortly before the second goal.