Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights: Villarreal beats Arsenal by 2-1

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Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights – UEL Semi-final Result: Villarreal beats Arsenal by 2-1, take 1st leg advantage

Villarreal vs Arsenal Match Results: Score 2-1. Arsenal must recognize Villarreal’s superiority with a score of 1-2 when dueling in the2020/21 Europa League semi-final first leg, which was held at the Estadio de la Ceramica, Friday (30/4/2021) early morning Indian Standards time.villarreal vs arsenal europa league 2021 highlights

Villarreal was able to lead two goals ahead, each through the actions of Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol. Arsenal successfully stole an away goal thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s penalty.

Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights

Thanks to this result, Villarreal certainly has a better chance of progressing to the final. However, Arsenal have an advantage because they will act as hosts in the second leg next week.

The First Half Goes

Villarreal tried to kick off immediately from the first minute. As a result, Trigueros has brought the host to the advantage when the game has only been running for five minutes.

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Starting from Samuel Chukwueze’s acceleration from the right, Trigueros, who came from the second line, shot a hard shot into the Arsenal goal without being prevented by Bernd Leno.

Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights

Instead of equalizing, Arsenal conceded again in the 29th minute. This time Albiol successfully scored the ball in front of the goal after receiving Gerard Moreno’s header from a corner.

Entering the 34th minute, referee Artur Soares Dias awarded Arsenal a penalty after Nicolas Pepe fell in the forbidden box. However, after discussing with VAR, the court overturned his decision because Pepe had done handball first. The 2-0 score lasted until halftime.

The Run of the Second Half

Returning from the dressing room, Arsenal tried to take the initiative in the game in pursuit of away goals. However, the visitors still had difficulty dismantling the Villarreal defense.

Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights

Unfortunately for Arsenal, they have to play with 10 people since the 57th minute after Dani Ceballos was rewarded with a second yellow card, aka a red card after stepping on Dani Parejo’s feet.

Arsenal’s fate slightly improved when the referee awarded a penalty in the 72nd minute after Bukayo Saka was violated by Trigueros in the forbidden box. Pepe, who became the executor, successfully carried out his duties perfectly.

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In the 80th minute, it is Villarreal’s turn to continue the match with 10 players because Etienne Capoue gets a second yellow card which means a red card for violating Saka.

Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights

With a balanced number of players, the two teams exchanged attacks for the remainder of the match. However, no additional goals were created until the long whistle sounded. The 2-1 score for Villarreal’s victory was the final result of this match.

Lineups of Players

Villarreal: Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth (Mario Gaspar 70 ′), Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza (Alberto Moreno 80 ′); Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Manu Trigueros (Moi Gomez 81 ′); Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer (Francis Coquelin 46 ′), Samuel Chukwueze.

Villarreal vs Arsenal Europa League 2021 Highlights

Arsenal: Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari; Emile Smith Rowe, Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 85 ′); Martin Odegaard (Gabriel Martinelli 63 ′); Nicolas Pepe.

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