Arsenal 1-1 Sporting Lisbon: Arsenal knocked out of Europa League in penalty shootout defeat

Pedro Gonçalves scores

Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League at the last-16 stage in a penalty shootout defeat by Sporting Lisbon at Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel Martinelli’s spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Adan to spark celebrations among Sporting’s players at full-time following an eventful and entertaining tie.

A sensational long-range chip by Pedro Goncalves from 46 yards forced extra time after Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka had earlier pounced on a rebound for the opener.

Arsenal defender Gabriel came agonisingly close twice in the final minutes of extra time when his header was tipped over the bar, and then he had an effort cleared off the goalline.

Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte was also sent off after a dangerous sliding tackle on Bukayo Saka minutes before their shootout victory.

There were chances throughout in this frenetic second leg as Arsenal substitute Leandro Trossard hit the post in extra time when he was gifted possession and ran through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, only for Adan to touch it onto the woodwork.

Sporting forward Marcus Edwards, previously at Tottenham, was also denied by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale minutes after Goncalves made it 1-1 in normal time.

The visitors will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw (11:00 GMT).

Rotation fails to pay off for Arsenal

Despite the score being 2-2 on aggregate going into the match, Mikel Arteta made five changes to the Arsenal starting XI as he tried to make full use of his squad in the midst of a Premier League title race.

There was a welcome return for striker Gabriel Jesus, making a first start since December after recovering from a knee injury, but he could not convert before going off at half-time.

And Arteta was dealt an early blow when injuries to defenders William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu forced him into first-half substitutions.

Sporting began well, controlling possession and creating numerous opportunities, despite Xhaka’s powerful strike giving Arsenal a narrow lead.

They had a flurry of chances immediately after Goncalves’ stunning equaliser too – Paulinho flicking a header over the bar and Edwards being denied by Ramsdale.

England goalkeeper Ramsdale had a busy evening, while Trossard, Martinelli and Gabriel all tested Adan at the other end.

Arsenal’s European journey comes to an end but Arteta’s concern will be the impact it could have on their Premier League campaign.

Injuries to key defenders and 120 minutes of gruelling action is not ideal preparation for their next league game against Crystal Palace in three days’ time.

Player of the match

AdánAntonio Adán

with an average of 8.05


  1. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
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  2. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard
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  3. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
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  4. Squad number7Player nameSaka
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  5. Squad number16Player nameHolding
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  6. Squad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli
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  7. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
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  8. Squad number4Player nameWhite
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  9. Squad number5Player namePartey
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  10. Squad number19Player nameTrossard
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  11. Squad number35Player nameZinchenko
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  12. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale
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  13. Squad number24Player nameNelson
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  14. Squad number12Player nameSaliba
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  15. Squad number20Player nameJorginho
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  16. Squad number18Player nameTomiyasu
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  17. Squad number21Player nameFábio Vieira
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Sporting Lisbon

  1. Squad number1Player nameAdán

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  2. Squad number11Player nameNuno Santos

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  3. Squad number32Player nameTanlongo

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  4. Squad number33Player nameArthur Gomes

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  5. Squad number10Player nameEdwards

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  6. Squad number28Player namePote

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  7. Squad number25Player nameGonçalo Inácio

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  8. Squad number79Player nameYoussef Chermiti

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  9. Squad number26Player nameDiomande

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  10. Squad number3Player nameSt. Juste

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  11. Squad number84Player nameDário Essugo

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  12. Squad number2Player nameMatheus Reis

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  13. Squad number20Player namePaulinho

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  14. Squad number47Player nameRicardo Esgaio

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  15. Squad number17Player nameTrincão

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  16. Squad number15Player nameUgarte

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 18TomiyasuSubstituted forWhiteat 9′minutes
  • 12SalibaSubstituted forHoldingat 21′minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 6Gabriel
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 21Fábio VieiraBooked at 24minsSubstituted forØdegaardat 101′minutes
  • 20JorginhoSubstituted forParteyat 65′minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked at 45mins
  • 24NelsonSubstituted forSakaat 65′minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forTrossardat 45′minutes
  • 11Martinelli


  • 3Tierney
  • 4White
  • 5Partey
  • 7Saka
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 15Kiwior
  • 16Holding
  • 19Trossard
  • 30Turner
  • 56Hillson


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Adán
  • 3St. Juste
  • 26DiomandeBooked at 118mins
  • 25Inácio
  • 47de Sousa Esgaio
  • 15UgarteBooked at 118mins
  • 28Pereira GonçalvesSubstituted forEssugoat 94′minutes
  • 2Reis de LimaSubstituted forGomes dos Santosat 94′minutes
  • 10EdwardsSubstituted forTanlongoat 119′minutes
  • 20Dias FernandesSubstituted forRamalho Chermitiat 90′minutes
  • 17Machado TrincãoSubstituted forGomes Lourençoat 105′minutes


  • 6Alexandropoulos
  • 11Gomes dos Santos
  • 12Israel
  • 13Novo Neto
  • 16Costa Rocha
  • 18Fatawu
  • 32Tanlongo
  • 33Gomes Lourenço
  • 77Borges Cabral
  • 79Ramalho Chermiti
  • 82Espanha Fernandes
  • 84Essugo

Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

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Match ends, Arsenal 1(3), Sporting Lisbon 1(5).

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