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Welbeck hits late Arsenal winner in Lisbon

Danny Welbeck celebrates

Danny Welbeck's late winner gave Arsenal victory over Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, as they retained their place at the top of Europa League Group E.

The striker pounced onto a mistake from Sebastian Coates and slotted it through the keeper's legs after 77 minutes.

Earlier in the second half, Welbeck had a headed goal ruled out after he was adjudged to have fouled the defender in the build-up.

Arsenal have now extended their winning run to 11 games in all competitions.

The match threatened to finish in a lifeless draw when the first half ended with just two tame shots on target from Arsenal.

Nani had Sporting's best chance with a high curling effort after half an hour before Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick was punched comfortably away by keeper Renan Ribeiro.

But Arsenal picked up their performance slightly in the second half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied twice early after the break.

His chip was well saved after he had used his pace to get in behind centre-back Coates and he had a shot saved from a wide angle.

Those chances seemed to spark a bit of life into Arsenal and shortly afterwards Matteo Guendouzi's cutback found Welbeck, only for his close-range shot to be deflected out for a corner.

Lucas Torreira's set-piece was palmed dangerously away before Welbeck eventually broke the deadlock with a cool finish in-between the keeper's legs.

On the whole, the hosts showed little attacking intent - Sporting choosing to defend deep and counter-attack in rare spells.

Full-back Marcos Acuna caused a few problems in the first half - beating stand-in right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to drive along the baseline and earning corners with his aerial threat in the middle.

There were a few neat touches from former Manchester United winger Nani too but Arsenal never looked like conceding despite manager Unai Emery making six changes to his starting XI.

Arsenal remain top of the group with nine points from three wins, while Sporting trail in second.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Sporting

  • 40Ribeiro
  • 13RistovskiSubstituted forBoialvo Gasparat 45'minutes
  • 4CoatesBooked at 71mins
  • 6Almeida Pinto
  • 9AcuñaBooked at 39mins
  • 16BattagliaBooked at 90mins
  • 25Petrovic
  • 86GudeljSubstituted forBoges Cabralat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forDiabyat 87'minutes
  • 10Montero
  • 8Bruno Fernandes

Substitutes

  • 18Cardoso Mané
  • 19Salin
  • 22Mathieu
  • 23Diaby
  • 76Boialvo Gaspar
  • 77Boges Cabral
  • 90Mariz Luís

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 12Lichtsteiner
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 16HoldingBooked at 46mins
  • 34Xhaka
  • 8Ramsey
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 4ElnenySubstituted forTorreiraat 58'minutes
  • 7MkhitaryanBooked at 51mins
  • 14AubameyangSubstituted forIwobiat 86'minutes
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forLacazetteat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lacazette
  • 10Özil
  • 11Torreira
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Mustafi
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 26Martínez
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamSportingAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1.

Booking

Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP).

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Radosav Petrovic (Sporting CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Bruno Gaspar.

Attempt missed. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rodrigo Battaglia.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by André Pinto.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting CP. Abdoulaye Diaby replaces Nani.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Attempt missed. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fredy Montero.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fredy Montero (Sporting CP).

Attempt missed. Bruno Gaspar (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes following a corner.

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Attempt blocked. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette replaces Danny Welbeck.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP).

Attempt blocked. Nani (Sporting CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jovane Cabral.

Attempt blocked. Radosav Petrovic (Sporting CP) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nani with a cross.

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Attempt blocked. Fredy Montero (Sporting CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Battaglia with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Renan Ribeiro (Sporting CP) because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Radosav Petrovic.

Attempt blocked. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Radosav Petrovic.

Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting CP. Jovane Cabral replaces Nemanja Gudelj.

Booking

Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP).

goal

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Welbeck hits late Arsenal winner in Lisbon

Danny Welbeck celebrates

Danny Welbeck's late winner gave Arsenal victory over Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, as they retained their place at the top of Europa League Group E.

The striker pounced onto a mistake from Sebastian Coates and slotted it through the keeper's legs after 77 minutes.

Earlier in the second half, Welbeck had a headed goal ruled out after he was adjudged to have fouled the defender in the build-up.

Arsenal have now extended their winning run to 11 games in all competitions.

The match threatened to finish in a lifeless draw when the first half ended with just two tame shots on target from Arsenal.

Nani had Sporting's best chance with a high curling effort after half an hour before Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan's free-kick was punched comfortably away by keeper Renan Ribeiro.

But Arsenal picked up their performance slightly in the second half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied twice early after the break.

His chip was well saved after he had used his pace to get in behind centre-back Coates and he had a shot saved from a wide angle.

Those chances seemed to spark a bit of life into Arsenal and shortly afterwards Matteo Guendouzi's cutback found Welbeck, only for his close-range shot to be deflected out for a corner.

Lucas Torreira's set-piece was palmed dangerously away before Welbeck eventually broke the deadlock with a cool finish in-between the keeper's legs.

On the whole, the hosts showed little attacking intent - Sporting choosing to defend deep and counter-attack in rare spells.

Full-back Marcos Acuna caused a few problems in the first half - beating stand-in right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner to drive along the baseline and earning corners with his aerial threat in the middle.

There were a few neat touches from former Manchester United winger Nani too but Arsenal never looked like conceding despite manager Unai Emery making six changes to his starting XI.

Arsenal remain top of the group with nine points from three wins, while Sporting trail in second.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Sporting

  • 40Ribeiro
  • 13RistovskiSubstituted forBoialvo Gasparat 45'minutes
  • 4CoatesBooked at 71mins
  • 6Almeida Pinto
  • 9AcuñaBooked at 39mins
  • 16BattagliaBooked at 90mins
  • 25Petrovic
  • 86GudeljSubstituted forBoges Cabralat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forDiabyat 87'minutes
  • 10Montero
  • 8Bruno Fernandes

Substitutes

  • 18Cardoso Mané
  • 19Salin
  • 22Mathieu
  • 23Diaby
  • 76Boialvo Gaspar
  • 77Boges Cabral
  • 90Mariz Luís

Arsenal

  • 19Leno
  • 12Lichtsteiner
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 16HoldingBooked at 46mins
  • 34Xhaka
  • 8Ramsey
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 4ElnenySubstituted forTorreiraat 58'minutes
  • 7MkhitaryanBooked at 51mins
  • 14AubameyangSubstituted forIwobiat 86'minutes
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forLacazetteat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lacazette
  • 10Özil
  • 11Torreira
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Mustafi
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 26Martínez
Referee:
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamSportingAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1.

Booking

Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP).

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Radosav Petrovic (Sporting CP) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Bruno Gaspar.

Attempt missed. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rodrigo Battaglia.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by André Pinto.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting CP. Abdoulaye Diaby replaces Nani.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Attempt missed. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fredy Montero.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fredy Montero (Sporting CP).

Attempt missed. Bruno Gaspar (Sporting CP) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes following a corner.

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Attempt blocked. Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette replaces Danny Welbeck.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP).

Attempt blocked. Nani (Sporting CP) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jovane Cabral.

Attempt blocked. Radosav Petrovic (Sporting CP) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nani with a cross.

Corner, Sporting CP. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Attempt blocked. Fredy Montero (Sporting CP) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Battaglia with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Sporting CP 0, Arsenal 1. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Renan Ribeiro (Sporting CP) because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Radosav Petrovic.

Attempt blocked. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Radosav Petrovic.

Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting CP. Jovane Cabral replaces Nemanja Gudelj.

Booking

Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP).

goal

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