Arsenal relied on a superb goal from Tierney to beat Zurich 1-0 and pass first in Group A
a Arsenal had won Zurich 1-0, Thursday (3), in a duel valid for the last round of the group stage European League. The result helped the London team advance to first place in Group A. In doing so, the Gunners avoided facing the teams that came from Champions League they are in round of 16 championship. Indeed Zurich Say goodbye to competition in the key lamp.
How was the match?
Zurich showed courage at the start of the match. Relying on the strength of their fans, who filled the UAE visitors sector, the Swiss kept a strong rhythm from the first minutes and had a good escape from Rohner behind Gabriel Magalhaes on the right side.
On the other hand, Arsenal had difficulties landing the ball and was practically unable to build anything from the middle to the front due to Zurich’s strong defence. But, in the midst of the difficulty, Arsenal raised their streaks and pressed the visiting team into the “choke” base.
The tactic paid off and the goal came in the 16th minute. After hitting a rebound at the entrance to the area, Tierney hit a beautiful cross, with no chances for the goalkeeper. The confrontation became more open after the goal. Gabriel Jesus came out of the box a lot and excelled in individual shots with beautiful dribbles above his rivals.
The two teams also misused difficult free kicks after the open result. More than once, the referee had to ask the athletes to calm down, who did not take their feet off the interference and kept the match at high speed.
The Swiss’s first major panic occurred in the 34th minute. With a shot from outside the area, the ball deflected to Elneny and almost killed Ramsdale, who recovered and created a difficult defense. Arsenal got the change soon after with Nketiah, with a header, but Brecher almost went for her in the left corner.
The Gunners missed an excellent opportunity minutes later with Fabio Vieira. The Portuguese received a sweet pass at the entrance to the area, but hit poorly and sent over the marks. The partial victory at the final whistle gave Arsenal the top spot in the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
The second half started with full pressure from Arsenal to avoid the “zebra”. In the first step, Gabriel Jesus, in a small area, paused in great defense of Brescher. The Swiss did not have the same intensity as the first half, but they showed themselves in a more offensive position.
The point is that until the 15th minute of the second half, Arsenal were in complete control of the duel and did not give the visitors any chance to recover. But the calm turned to great horror for the hosts when Zurich came to tie the match. Fortunately for Arsenal, the offside was determined. The goal, which was not allowed, angered the visiting fans, which caused a sensation in the Emirates.
Arsenal showed serious breeding difficulties and practically did not threaten the Swiss. On the other hand, the visitors were abusive, but they made a lot of mistakes and couldn’t do much on the field. Viunnyk almost equalized with a nice left kick from outside the box, but the ball passed over the Ramsdale bar.
Zurich climbed up once and for all in the last minutes and started to frighten with dangerous crosses inside the area. In injury time, Ramsdale had to throw himself in the ball after a low cross from the right and saved Arsenal’s life. At the final whistle, relief and celebration in Emirates Airlines as Arsenal go to the round of 16 of the European League.
Arsenal qualify for the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League in first place in Group A with 15 points. Zurich is ranked last in the group with only three points.
All went well: Gabriel Jesus
The Brazilian gave himself a lot during his time on the field. Gabriel frequently left the area and used his fine dribbles, prompting Arsenal to attack several times. The goal did not happen but it does not take away the good performance of the striker.
It was bad: Runner
The Zurich striker was the exit for the Swiss in the first half, but he did not take advantage of the shots he got. It was served in half the time for Marchesano to come.
visit arsenal Chelsea, in a classic English Premier League match, on November 6, at 9 am. The duel will be broadcast Live on ESPN on Star +. Zurich visits Lugano, on the same day, at 12:30, to attend the Swiss championship.
Technical Card: Arsenal 1 x 0 Zürich
Arsenal: Ramsdale. White (Tomiyasu) (Cèdric), Holding, Gabriel Magalhães, Tierney; Fábio Vieira (Odegard), Elneny (Partey), Lokonga; Nelson, Nkita and Gabriel Jesus (Saka). Coach: Mikel Arteta.
Zurich: Preacher. Boranigasevich, Camberi, Katic, Yeti (Santini); Count (Krasniki), Silness (Hornchoho), Adria Guerrero; Ronner (Marcesano), Tosen (Venick) and Okita. Coach: Bo Henriksen
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