The result is Standard 2-2 Arsenal. Bad Arsenal game that in the second part were losing 2-0 with the goals of Bastien and Amallah, but a more offensive approach of the Gunners, caused the comeback with goals from Lacazette and Saka. Until the last minutes, Arsenal was second in the group, but the defeat of the Eintracht classifies the Gunners as first in the group. The Standard touched the classification, but finishes third. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 UEFA Europa League

2 – 2

S. Bastien (47 ‘) 

S. Amallah (69 ‘) 

A. Lacazette (78 ‘) 

B. Saka (81 ‘) 

The evolution of the match

The Gunners have the classification practically seized, and only an unlikely combination would have left them out of the Europa League, but in order not to take risks, it was safe not to be defeated against the Liege Standard.

Few regulars played for this game, but led the XI Lacazette and Guendouzi. Aubameyang and Ozil were alternates.

During the first minutes, the domain was for Arsenal in both possession and attack moves, although the greatest danger at the beginning of the game was occurring in stationary ball plays.

As the minutes passed, there was no feeling that none of the 2 teams would score, because the pace of the match was very low, and in addition, there were few occasions, although it is true that the clearest were for the English. Meanwhile, Eintracht was climbing its match against Vitoria de Guimaraes, so at the end of the first half, Eintracht was first in the group, while Arsenal was second.

Already in the second part, the Standard of Liege was ahead of the first minutes of the game with a goal from Bastien:

47 ‘Goal! Standard Liege 1-0 Arsenal (Bastien)

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOL OF LAND STANDARD! MARK BASTIEN! Shot from outside the Bastien area that hit Sokratis’s back, the ball was returned and ended up entering the goal. With this result, Arsenal remained the next round team, but if it fit more goals, it would be eliminated.

Arsenal should fit more goals to be eliminated, but the nerves entered Gunners when the second came for the locals:

69 ‘Goal! Standard Liege 2-0 Arsenal (Amallah)

STANDARD GOOOOOOOOL! MARK AMALLAH! Once again, Arsenal suffered the second. A move inside the area that he managed to get out of Amallah, but it bounced off David Luiz and caused the second for the locals.

After this goal, Ljungberg decided to remove Sokratis to give entry to another striker, the young Martinelli.

In the final stretch, Arsenal managed to score a goal to avoid any surprise of the Liege Standard:

78 ‘Goal! Standard Liege 2-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

GOOOOOOOL DEL ARSENAL! REDUCE LACAZETTE DISTANCES! Center from the left of Saka so that coming from behind on the second stick, head Lacazette, which reduces distances on the scoreboard.

A few minutes later came the equalizer through Saka:

81 ‘Goal! Standard Liege 2-2 Arsenal (Saka)

GOOOOOOOOL DEL ARSENAL! EMPATA SAKA! Magnificent wall made by Saka and Martinelli to end a shot from Saka from the front, very tight to the right post, which made it impossible to stretch the Standard goal. With this tie, Arsenal is still second in the group.

In the final minutes of the other group meeting, the Vitoria de Guimaraes traced, and this returned the first position to Arsenal, despite a draw against Standard.

 

Lineups

Standard XI: M. Carcela, G. Cimirot, R. Emond, P. M’Poku, K. Laifis, N. Gavory, C. Fai, S. Bastien, S. Amallah, Z. Vanheusden, A. Bodart

Substitutes: J. Gillet, D. Čop, M. Lestienne, A. Boljević, F. Avenatti, M. Vojvoda, D. Lavalée

Arsenal XI: David Luiz, S. Papastathopoulos, A. Lacazette, E. Martínez, A. Maitland-Niles, R. Nelson, K. Mavropanos, M. Guendouzi, E. Smith Rowe, J. Willock, B. Saka

Substitutes: P. Aubameyang, B. Leno, C. Chambers, Z. Medley, Martinelli, J. Olayinka, T. John-Jules

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