Cyprus Mail
Europa LeagueFootballSport

Aubameyang treble sends Arsenal into Europa League final

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and team mates celebrate after the match

A hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike booked Arsenal‘s place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia on Thursday to seal an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory.

In a week of improbable European comebacks, Valencia, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, were seeking to become the latest side to overturn a hefty deficit and made the perfect start as Kevin Gameiro slid in to convert Rodrigo’s centre with 11 minutes played.

Arsenal hit back almost immediately when Aubameyang notched his first of the night with a fine finish from outside the box from Lacazette’s flick on.

Valencia continued to push forward, but were caught napping by Lacazette’s curling effort just after the break to put the visitors ahead on the night.

Gameiro converted Rodrigo’s mis-hit shot just before the hour to set up a possible grandstand finish, but Aubameyang soon restored Arsenal‘s lead before completing his treble two minutes from time to book their first European final since they lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.

Arsenal will face Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the Azeri capital Baku on May 29.

Related Posts

Nadal’s Grand Slam bid faces Djokovic challenge at Wimbledon

Reuters News Service

Bale agrees to join Los Angeles FC following Real Madrid exit

Press Association

Tsitsipas finally delivers on grass with triumph in Mallorca

Press Association

Boehly exploring player trade deals to freshen up Chelsea squad

Press Association

Swiss appeals court convicts ex-FIFA official Valcke of accepting bribes

Serena’ Eastbourne doubles run ends early after injury to partner

Press Association