LONDON – The English Premier League duo had a draw and a big victory in the UEFA Europa League season 2022/23 round of 16 first leg.
Arsenal drew 2-2 against Sporting CP in the away game, giving them a slight advantage in the second bout at Emirates stadium next week.
William Saliba scored the opening goal for the Gunners, but Goncalo Inacio netted the equaliser while Paulinho helped the Portuguese club to take a lead.
An own goal from Hidemasa Morita in the 62nd minute gave the visitors a tie.
Mikel Arteta’s squad is pursuing two trophies this season, they are leading the EPL standings with five points advantage and twelve matches remaining.
The Red Devils Recovered
Manchester United quickly recovered from the tragic loss 0-7 against Liverpool last Sunday, by crushing Real Betis at Old Trafford.
Goals from Marcus Rashford, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Antony and Wout Weghorst gave the Red Devils a huge advantage and very close to the quarter final.
The dream theatre’s atmosphere rose to the peak when Weghorst scored his first home goal since his joining this January.
The Dutch forward who is on loan from EFL Championship club Burnley, is getting favoured from the coach, teammates and club fans with his hardworking and tireless effort, although he lacks efficiency of scoring.
Erik ten Hag’s squad is still able to chase for four titles this season. The Carabao Cup winner is now in third place of the Premier League and appeared in the FA Cup quarter finals.
Roma and Juventus Wins
AS Roma is also near to the UEL quarter finals after defeating Real Sociedad 2-0 at Stadio Olimpico.
Goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Marash Kumbulla gave the Red Wolves a pretty start, they could march into the next stage by not losing more than one goal in the second meeting.
The Italian club Jose Mourinho again showed his remarkable capability in the European events. The Special One might hail his second Europa League championship before he leaves Roma.
Another Italian club Juventus beat SC Freiburg at home, thanks to the precious goal from Angel di Maria.
Six times UEL winner Sevilla beat Fenerbahce 2-0 in Spain.
Union Berlin drew 3-3 against Union Saint-Gilloise, Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 over Ferencvaros, Shakhtar Donetsk tied 1-1 against Feyenoord.
Both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League round of 16 second legs will be completed next week, to decide the quarter finalists.
The fixtures of the Last 8 of both events will be drawn next Friday night.
Upcoming: Weekend EPL
The English Premier League matchday 27 will be played this weekend right after the Europa League competitions.
On Saturday, Liverpool will visit Bournemouth, Chelsea play against Leicester City and Manchester City will be the guests at Crystal Palace.
Manchester United welcome Southampton on Sunday, while Arsenal visit Fulham at the same time.
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