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BATE Borisov - Arsenal
Europa League - 14 February 2019
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That's full time. An excellent result for BATE who were the better side, and who improved as the match went on as Arsenal came close to disgracing themselves with a palpably gutless performance.
Dubajic almost breaks through but with three defenders around him, he heads for the corner and is swiftly tackled.
Guendouzi sends a shot dribbling to the 'keeper.
We're into the first of four added minutes.
Torreira shoots from almost 40 yards out, and it drifts wide.
Suarez floats in a cross which is cleared. Arsenal can and should still win the tie, but they have made it needlessly difficult.
Arsenal put pressure on despite the numerical disadvantage.
- Red cardAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
RED CARD! Lacazette is sent off. The striker is fouled with a nudge in the back of Filipovic, and then tugged back, and so he slammed his arm into his face and made the ref's decision for him.
Cech dives out to flap at a Berezkin cross that flies temptingly in the air but comes to nothing.
- OffMaksim SkavyshBATE Borisov
- OnHervaine MoukamBATE Borisov
Moukam comes on for Skavysh.
Guendouzi trundles left, finds Iwobi, and his pullback is too deep. It is worked back to him, he jinks inside and is punished for dragging down Rios to get into the box.
Xhaka lines up a cross on the left, and it's headed out at the near post.
- OffSead KolašinacArsenal
- OnDenis SuárezArsenal
Suarez on for Arsenal.
Another Kolasinac chance as he picks up a blocked cross inside the box, shoots from a tight angle, and pulls it well wide for a goal kick.
- Yellow cardBojan DubajicBATE Borisov
Dubajic gets himself booked for a zesty foul.
- OffNemanja MilicBATE Borisov
- OnBojan DubajicBATE Borisov
Dubajic for Milic.
- OffAinsley Maitland-NilesArsenal
- OnPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
Torreira on for Xhaka, and Aubameyang on too.
Rios flights a tempting ball that hangs in the air as it drifts out of play.
Rios' cross from the right after being set free by Milic means Monreal needs to run across to clear. Corner.
Iwobi swaps passes with Xhaka but the forward's touch is slightly too heavy and gives the defenders the chance to steal in and clear.
Stasevich is releases behind Koscielny and he drills a shot across Cech, who beats it away.
Just over half an hour for Arsenal to locate an equaliser.
- OffAleksandr HlebBATE Borisov
- OnYevgeniy BerezkinBATE Borisov
Berezkin on for Hleb.
DISALLOWED! Arsenal happy to play the ball patiently in defence, and they open up the defence again on the left. Kolasinac is released into space on the left, he squares it to Lacazette, who is correctly flagged offside before tucking it away at the near post.
Iwobi floats a cross to the back post, but Mkhitaryan and Maitland-Niles get in one another's way.
Another good Kolasinac run down the left earns a corner with a deflected cross. Mustafi controls and has a swing at it, and it's into a defender.
More Arsenal possession.
- 2nd Half
We go again.
- End of 1st Half
That's half time. See you in 15 minutes.
- GoalStanislav DragunBATE Borisov
GOAL! BATE 1-0 Arsenal. Dragun scores - The free kick from the right finds Dragun at the near post, freed from Kolasinac, and he angles a header over a poor effort from Cech.
Monreal brings Skavysh down on the edge of the box after he cuts inside and drives towards the box.
More Arsenal possession. They don't actually *do* anything with the ball, nothing as crass as that.
Mustafi swings in a cross, there is a sea of incompetence for it to pass through, before it reaches Kolasinac who blasts it wide from an acute angle.
Guendouzi picks the ball up and considers a shot from distance, but the ref pulls back play for a foul from Mkhitaryan.
Not much going on here.
BATE enjoying a good spell now. Monreal concedes a throw-in on the right.
Cech beats away a Milic shot at the near post, that is scuffed but on target.
Monreal starts an attack from deep in his own half. Guendouzi sends a heavy pass out wide for Maitand-Niles to chase, before the Frenchman gets it back to chip a pass over the top for Lacazette to run onto, but he can't bring it down.
Guendouzi wants a foul after being bundled over by Baga - nothing doing.
Corner for BATE after Kolasinac blocked a shot on goal at the near post, and nothing comes from it.
Lacazette receives a cross at the back post from Kolasinac after Iwobi has a shot deflected, and the Frenchman heads a couple of yards over.
Koscielny is on hand to collect a loose ball before Skavysh can get to it, and the ball is moved into midfield. Emery has a touch of the anguished Partridge about him when he watches football.
Iwobi almost gets behind the defence on the left, but he can't get there ahead of the defender. Arsenal have it back in defence and try a more patient approach.
This game has run out of puff, I'll level with you. I'll try to deploy some real written verve to compensate.
Guendouzi gives away the ball, so BATE return the favour and lose the ball by kicking it out of play. Is this on purpose?
BATE manage to punt a clearance away with all the accuracy of a Steven Gerrard long ball. Throw in.
Arsenal are enjoying a decent spell of possession now.
Free kick for BATE, and the cross is headed out. It's put back in and Koscielny and Cech just about manage to grasp the ball.
- Yellow cardGranit XhakaArsenal
Xhaka gets himself a booking for pulling back Skaysh on the right to stop a counter.
Kolasinac is found with a ball looped over the defence, but he's flagged for offside. Borisov are a rabble so far.
Mkhitaryan clips in a cross from the corner of the box, he almost finds Koscielny, but his outstretched leg misses by distance - that is being irresponsibly short.
Arsenal break from deep, Mkhitaryan finds Kolasinac, who crosses low again and wins a corner on the left.
Kolasinac was put inside the box, down the left channel, he found Mkhitaryan's run where he scuffed an effort at the 'keeper about 10 yards out.
It is minus one at the ground. I am told it is centigrade, because if it were farenheit the players simply would not survive.
- 1st Half
The match gets underway.
There are five minutes to go to find your purpose in life. Good luck!
Unai Emery believes that Denis Suarez still needs time before he can give a fair account of himself, saying: "He needs to earn, little by little, minutes and confidence and take rhythm with us." Which explains why he's on the bench and might be seen later.
You can read the latest rumours here, as you get ready for hot football action.
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This is the first leg of the tournament. Given the struggles Arsenal have had lately, the Europa League is pretty important, and winnable. They clatter this side today if the opportunity presents itself, to give themselves a week off for the return leg and get back to focusing on the top four.
Arsenal start with a pretty strong team. Petr Cech is in goal, but there are some junior players there too - Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, and Guendouzi.
Welcome to the Alexander Hleb derby, with the midfielder taking up his role as a playmaker at the age of 37.
TEAMS: BATE: Scherbitskiy; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Milic, Stasevich. /// Arsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette. Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Suarez, Aubameyang, Nketiah.
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