While You Were Asleep: Arsenal crash out, Rashford scores for Man United, Roma grind out a goalless draw

Premier League leaders Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League after losing 5-3 on penalties to Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates.

Lisbon reached the quarterfinals by prevailing 5-3 in the shootout at the Emirates Stadium after a 1-1 draw in regulation in the second leg of their round-of-16 encounter. The first leg ended 2-2.

Gabriel Martinelli failed to convert from the spot for Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka fired Arsenal ahead in the first half before Pedro Goncalves’ 46-yard stunner levelled the score.

Mikel Arteta was forced into two early changes after Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba picked up injuries.

“It’s a huge blow,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told BT Sport.

“There were moments, especially during the first 75 minutes, when we weren’t at our level and gave every ball away.”

Rashford scores again

Marcus Rashford once again proved the difference in Manchester United’s 1-0 Europa League victory against Real Betis.

He produced a clinical finish in the 56th minute, finding the bottom corner of the net with a low drive from outside the area to help United advance on a 5-1 aggregate score.

Rashford’s 27th goal of the season came after the striker wasted several decent chances to put the visitors ahead at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville.

United won 4-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford last week.

Following a 0-0 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, Ten Hag made four changes in his starting lineup with right winger Facundo Pellistri getting his first start for the club.

United won the Europa League in 2017.

AS Roma through to quarters

Jose Mourinho’s quest for a second European trophy in two seasons continues as AS Roma grind out a goalless draw against Real Sociedad to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Jose Mourinho had praise for the home side’s attempts to turn the tie around.

“When they are 2-0 down, the home team risks everything to turn things around. They did well with their fans, marvellous stadium and crowd behind them, but the lads gave their all,” Mourinho said after the victory to Sky Sport Italia.

“They had the ambition initially to score a goal in the first 15-20 minutes, which was the opposite of the domination people expected at the start. I saw a Dybala shot that looked like it had to go in.

“After that, we defended very well, tried to go on the counter-attack and never stopped trying to score a goal, even when we were pushed deeper. That’s why I introduced fresh legs with El Shaarawy and Abraham.

“I also want to thank the Roma fans who travelled here for the game and were penned into that cage suffering along with us.”

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