Sporting Lisbon successfully clears the line after a fight. Sporting CP take a breather, followed by Arsenal, and Saka is utterly destroyed by a dirty tackle.
Adan has accomplished a miracle. Gabriel gives a whipped free kick a tremendous header at the back post, but the Sporting goalkeeper lifts it over the crossbar.
Martinelli was hit from behind and tardily by Essugo. Arsenal currently has a great opportunity. The range for this free kick is 25 yards.
Inside the box, Trossard makes a back heel pass. Shoot! He isn’t. I have no idea what he was thinking. That’s most likely it. Again, good work down the right with Saka standing up his man. To be fair to Trossard, the ball was in his direction.
Inacio is the first player to go down with cramp.
This game has had a lot of ups and downs this evening, but Arsenal now have a firm grip on it. Can they make a profit in the next seven minutes? Otherwise, we’ll have to resort to penalties.
On the left, Zinchenko and Martinelli each have their own game. They then include their teammates, and the ball is properly worked.
Arsenal will finish the half with a right-wing corner. Saka, please. It’s in a great spot, on the front post, and Holding is on it, a fantastic run. But he relies too heavily on his header, and the ball sails over the crossbar.
Martin Odegaard is unable to penetrate Sporting’s defense, and they break, but Arsenal recovers. Trossard is unable to create a shooting opportunity from a left-wing cross.
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