Arsenal under the guidance of Unai emery made the first step in the semi-finals of the Europa League. In the first match of the 1/4 finals Londoners on their home arena defeated Napoli of Italy.
Arsenal – Napoli 2:0
Goals: Ramsey, 14, Coulibaly, 25 (ed.)
The way Arsenal and Napoli met in the European competitions only once. In 2013 the teams played in the same Champions League group. The match in London ended with the victory of the “gunners” 2:0. But in Naples local team answered the same result in their favor. This time the British met the Italians in the Europa League.
Arsenal started very aggressive match. The gunners pressed for the Neapolitans and not give them space. In the end, the starting storm came to fruition. On the 14 minute Lacazette gave a fine pass into the penalty area for Maitland-Niles, who sent the ball to Ramsey. Aaron kept his head and pushed the ball Mereta – 1:0.
The players, “Napoli” after the goal I tried to move the game on half of field of owners. However, the Italians did not hit on the game in attack. In the end, at the start of the match there was a problem in defense. Defenders of Napoli panicked during the pressure of gunners and allowed Torreira to gain possession of the ball near the goal Mereta. The Uruguayan did not think long. In the heart of Lucas struck long-range strike and the ball flew into the net gate of the guests after the ricochet from Coulibaly – 2: 0 and the Neapolitans a second time has been knocked down.
For a moment Arsenal brilliantly took a free-kick, which ended with a shot of Forward. This time the 22-year-old Meret rescued partners. After the guns of both teams fell silent for nearly 15 minutes. On 39 minutes, Arsenal opened a traditional dash attack, which ended with a long shot of Forward. Meret tamed the ball, though, and insecure. Two minutes later, the back Gabonese completed another attack Londoners and tried to throw the goalkeeper. However, he divined the intent of the attacker and is not allowed to afflict himself for the third time.
Almost the only opportunity during the first 45 minutes, Napoli ruined Insigne. Allan great vertical pass found on the flank of the Callejón. The Spaniard shot in the penalty area and Chelsea, where no one took care of Insigne, but Lorenzo from 11 meters struck considerably above gate. In response to “Arsenal” carried out the attack, after which the referee sent the teams to rest.
Arsenal – Napoli – live the best moments of the first half
After the break, Napoli already looked better. The Italians seized the initiative, while Arsenal decided to take some time to play the second number. But the sharp points and then was at the gate, “Napoli”. 59 minutes Ramsey from outside the box was aiming under the crossbar, but Mereta parried the blow. For a moment they performed a corner after his dangerous head beat Montreal. The ball flew a little above the gate.
In the 69th minute, Arsenal missed another absolute opportunity. Kolasinac broke down the left flank and crossed it into the box. The ball was at Maitland-Niles, who from close range powerful shot, but the goalkeeper in a beautiful jump parried the blow. Three minutes later the Neapolitans responded not less dangerous. Insigne did a superb cross to the Zelinsky, however, the pole in the fall was unable to put the ball in the net of Cech.
At 80 minutes once again “bury”, Napoli had Ramsey. Mkhitaryan did everything to the Welshman scored: Henry passed the ball to Aaron, who from several metres has not managed to hit the target. Towards the end of the match, “Napoli” is increasingly revealed, so that the players of “Arsenal” easily “torn” defensive redoubts of visitors. 88 great breakthrough again failed to Mkhitaryan, who gave the Forward. But back Gabonese missed another opportunity to make the account devastating.
The rest of the game, Napoli and failed to seriously trouble the goalkeeper of Londoners. For the entire match Neapolitans struck only two shots on goal Cech. Thus, for the week of the 18th of April, the team of Ancelotti will try to beat Arsenal at home. In 2013, the Italians did it.
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