Arsenal concede late equaliser to 10-man Atletico

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at Emirates Stadium.

The guests had been on the again foot for nearly all the recreation after defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for 2 yellow playing cards within the first 10 minutes.

With Atletico’s livid supervisor Diego Simeone despatched to the stands shortly afterwards, the Spanish aspect survived unscathed to half-time, with Alexandre Lacazette clipping the put up with a half-volley the hosts’ finest likelihood.

Lacazette nodded in Jack Wilshere’s cross simply after the hour to apparently edge the Gunners nearer to a Europa League remaining send-off for outgoing supervisor Arsene Wenger.

However with eight minutes remaining, Griezmann latched on to an extended ball ahead, shrugged off Laurent Koscielny and stabbed into the online on the second try for an away objective to swing the tie Atletico’s means going into the return leg in Madrid subsequent Thursday.

Arsenal’s followers had been left ruing a well-recognized mixture of wasteful ending and dear lapses in focus because the groups departed to a muted response in Wenger’s remaining house European recreation.

Their staff now should breach an Atletico defence that has conceded simply 4 occasions at house in La Liga this season to have any hope of extending Wenger’s 22-season spell in cost to the ultimate on 16 Could.

Atletico’s early outbursts

Atletico Madrid's Sime Vrsaljko is sent off in the 10th minute against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium

In distinction to Arsenal, Atletico Madrid’s defensive self-discipline has served them properly in latest continental campaigns, grinding out victory in 4 of their 5 European semi-finals over the previous 9 seasons.

However the Spaniards’ ordinary pragmatism abandoned them as they self-combusted within the opening 13 minutes.

Croatian right-back Vrsaljko was booked as he caught Wilshere late within the second minute and, as an alternative of exhibiting the requisite warning, blundered into Lacazette together with his studs up eight minutes later.

So early within the contest, Atletico could have anticipated referee Clement Turpin to restrict punishment to a stern and remaining warning.

However the 35-year-old Frenchman judged the problem reasonably than the event and confirmed Vrsaljko a justified second yellow.

Simeone was exasperated by that call and incensed by Turpin opting to not e-book Hector Bellerin shortly after. The Argentine was dispatched to the stands after aiming a stream of invective on the official.

Atletico of their component

Alexandre Lacazette heads Arsenal's goal against Atletico Madrid

If any aspect is suited to surviving such a precarious scenario although, it’s Atletico.

Midfielder Thomas Partey slotted again into defence, ahead Griezmann dropped deeper and their entire aspect set about absorbing Arsenal’s stress and working down the clock.

The guests rode their luck at occasions, with Lacazette grazing the put up with a clumsy half-volley, however had possibilities of their very own within the first half with Griezmann thumping a fierce shot straight at David Ospina.

As Simeone stood impatiently in a gangway excessive above and his assistant German Burgos orchestrated from the sidelines, their aspect threatened to throttle the life out of the sport.

The tightest defence in La Liga – with solely 18 targets conceded in 34 video games – was lastly undone as Wilshere dug out a cross and Lacazette hung above Lucas Hernandez to attain his 16th of the season.

With Griezmann lurking although, Atletico all the time retained the ability to land a sucker punch.

The France worldwide was performed onside by dawdling Nacho Monreal earlier than he hustled Koscielny right into a swiped, unsuccessful clearance and utilized the end to spark delirium within the away part.

Diego Simeone

Wenger to be denied dream send-off?

Aaron Ramsey’s header was brilliantly pawed away by Jan Oblak as Arsenal pushed in useless to re-establish their lead however, given the burden of the away objective, it could not have unseated Atletico as favourites to progress.

Wenger has twice misplaced in European finals with Arsenal, lacking out in a penalty shootout towards Galatasaray in the 2000 Uefa Cup final, earlier than being damaged down by Barcelona within the Champions League remaining six years later.

It is going to require one among Arsenal’s nice European shows to take him to a 3rd.

The Gunners could take coronary heart from London rivals Chelsea, who won 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in September.

Man of the match – Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin

Rating-draw specialist Simeone

  • Atletico Madrid have drawn 1-1 on every of their previous three visits to England – towards Leicester Metropolis in final season’s Champions League quarter-final and at Chelsea on this season’s group stage.
  • Atletico Madird have been victorious in seven of their 9 two-legged knockout contests towards English opponents.
  • Arsenal have misplaced all the previous three two-legged ties towards Spanish opposition – all to Barcelona within the Champions League.

‘The worst potential end result contemplating the sport’

Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger talking to BT Sport: “Trying on the efficiency and the best way the sport went, it was the worst potential end result for us, however we’ve got to go there in a optimistic temper and qualify.

“In fact it appears like a chance missed. We may have certified tonight however it did not occur. Their keeper made lots of saves they usually confirmed their high quality by scoring with one likelihood.

“What issues is that we go there with the idea to do it.”

What’s subsequent?

Arsenal journey to Manchester United on Sunday within the Premier League (16:30 BST) whereas Atletico play Alaves away on the identical day (15:15 BST). The groups’ meet once more within the second leg subsequent Thursday at 20:05.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 24Bellerín
  • 20Mustafi
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • eightRamsey
  • 29Xhaka
  • 10Wilshere
  • 23Welbeck
  • 11Özil
  • 9Lacazette

Substitutes

  • 16Holding
  • 17Iwobi
  • 21Chambers
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 33Cech
  • 62Nketiah

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 16VrsaljkoBooked at 10minutes
  • 24Giménez
  • 2Godín
  • 19Hernández
  • 11CorreaSubstituted forSavicat 75′minutes
  • 5Partey
  • eightÑíguez
  • 6Koke
  • 21GameiroSubstituted forGabiat 65′minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forTorresat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Torres
  • 14Gabi
  • 15Savic
  • 18Diego Costa
  • 23Machín Pérez
  • 25Werner
  • 30Olabe
Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Residence WorkforceArsenalAway WorkforceAtl Madrid
Possession
Residence76%
Away24%
Pictures
Residence28
Away6
Pictures on Goal
Residenceeight
Away5
Corners
Residence11
Awayzero
Fouls
Residence13
Away11

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Match ends, Arsenal 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Try missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) proper footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and huge to the best following a nook.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Stefan Savic.

Try saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field is saved within the prime centre of the objective. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Lucas Hernández.

Try blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny with a headed go.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Stefan Savic.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Try missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette with a headed go.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Jan Oblak.

Try saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Fernando Torres replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

Objective!

Objective! Arsenal 1, Atlético de Madrid 1. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the best aspect of the six yard field to the excessive centre of the objective.

Try saved. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective.

Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the best wing.

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Stefan Savic replaces Ángel Correa.

Try missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and huge to the left. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid).

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Try blocked. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the best aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Koke.

Try missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a cross following a nook.

Nook, Arsenal. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid).

Try blocked. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Try blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

objective

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