Arsenal were the team with the lead advantage when Granit Xhaka kicked in the goal in the first half. However, Sporting got the equalizer when Pedro Goncalves scored a beautiful ball from the middle of the field.
In the following minutes, Arsenal were the team with many good scoring opportunities. However, Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan had an ecstatic day at work to send the game into the penalty shootout.
In the end, Sporting was the team that got the victory. The score in the penalty shootout was 5-3 in favor of Sporting, when only Gabriel Martinelli missed the penalty.
After the game, coach Arteta shared his disappointment: “This is a heavy blow. We really want to go ahead and fight in this arena. Congratulations to Sporting Lisbon for making it to the next round.
We couldn’t find our pace. We left too much space and lost the ball many times. In the last 20 minutes, we were coherent, created three good chances but didn’t score. In extra time we showed extraordinary energy and top mentality. We had 2 delicious opportunities. But when it comes to the shootout, it’s just a lottery.
Frustration won’t go away, but it does make the goal clearer. Now we have a final against Crystal Palace.”
Arsenal has only one arena left to fight, which is the Premier League. If they beat Palace this weekend, Arsenal will create an 8-point gap over the second team Man City.