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Valencia CF - Arsenal
Europa League - 9 May 2019
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Arsenal have made the final of the Europa League! They have given themselves a chance of finishing their season with a trophy and a Champions League spot! What a performance it was from Aubameyang and Lacazette. Those two were the difference between the sides over the two legs. Valencia just couldn't cope with them!
- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (3-7 on aggregate).
ARSENAL ARE INTO THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL!
Just two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- GoalPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 2 Arsenal 4 (89 mins =- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang) 3-7 on aggregate. Aubameyang gets is hat trick! What a night it has been for the Arsenal striker! Mkhitaryan played the pass through for him, there was still a lot for him to do, but from a tight angle Aubameyang smashed a finish high into the roof of the net!
This will be Arsenal's first European final in 13 years. They have waited a long time to make another European final. Will they face Chelsea or Frankfurt? That semi is still undecided.
The travelling support inside the Mestalla are now cheering every pass made by Arsenal. Valencia have long given this up and the North London side are toying with the hosts.
Arsenal have long been renowned as a soft touch. That criticism has carried over from the Wenger age to this season. But they have shown great character over these two legs to recover from early goals.
PICTURE: Aubameyang scored the goal to finally kill off Valencia.
I know there have been some crazy, crazy going ons in European football this season, but I think it's safe to say that there is no Valencia comeback happening. They look resigned to their fate.
Crucial intervention! That could have been a fourth goal for Arsenal. Mkhitaryan won the ball high up the pitch, squared it looking for Lacazette, but Garay stretches out a leg to intercept.
Good strike from Gaya! Not for the first time this evening, the Valencia left back takes aim. Cech was worried by that, but watched it flash wide of his far post. There wasn't much in that.
This match might have been altogether different ha Aubameyang not scored that first Arsenal when he did. That was a crucial moment in the contest. That's what killed Valencia.
Valencia need three goals in the final 10 minutes of this match to make the final. It's not totally beyond the realms of possibility, but the home fans have lost belief. They are leaving in droves.
- OffLucas TorreiraArsenal
- OnMattéo GuendouziArsenal
One final change from Arsenal and Guendouzi is going to come on for Torreira.
This has been a peculiar performance from Arsenal. They have obviously done enough, but Valencia have enjoyed large spells of pressure. Aubameyang and Lacazette have put them to the sword.
PICTURE: Lacazette has turned in quite the performance.
While Arsenal are surely certain of their place in the final of the Europa League, Chelsea are having greater trouble putting Eintracht Frankfurt in their semi final. It's still 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
What a signing Aubameyang has been for Arsenal. There can't be many in European football who have scored more than him over the 18 months he has been at the Gunners.
- OffRodrigoValencia CF
- OnSanti MinaValencia CF
And the second change sees the very promising Mina come on for the final 17 minutes.
- OffGonçalo GuedesValencia CF
- OnFerrán TorresValencia CF
It's a double change for the home side. The first one sees Torres come off the bench for Valencia.
- OnShkodran MustafiArsenal
Err, is this really the time you want to throw on Mustafi, Emery? Is it really?
Aubameyang and Lacazette have just been too good for Valencia. They have been the difference between the two teams over the two legs. What a performance they have turned in.
- GoalPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 2 Arsenal 3 (69 mins - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) 3-6 on aggregate. That will be that! Arsenal will be in the final of the Europa League! Maitland-Niles made a great run down the right side, he played a low cross to the near post and Aubameyang got across Garay to prod home a finish! Arsenal are surely through.
Soler has made a big difference since coming off the bench for the home side. Valencia are on top and you get the feeling another goal soon could really lift the roof on this stadium!
PICTURE: Lacazette scored Arsenal's second away goal.
So close from Garay! That was very nearly a Kompany moment! Garay stepped forward from the back and let rip! There was plenty power behind the effort, but it flashes just wide of the far post.
That goal has revived the atmosphere inside the Mestalla. The Valencia fans believe again. They, like the rest of us, have watched the madness of the last two nights in footbal.
We haven't seen the best of Parejo tonight. He is one of the best pure playmakers in the game, but has struggled to find the final ball in this game, despite Arsenal looking vulnerable at the back.
- OffMesut ÖzilArsenal
- OnHenrikh MkhitaryanArsenal
Emery makes a change and it will be Ozil who is hooked off to be replaced by Mkhitaryan.
Soler has certainly made a difference since coming off the bench for Valencia. The midfielder scored in the Champions League against Manchester United earlier in the season.
We have seen some crazy, crazy things in European football this week, but surely Valencia can't pull this off? There is just 30 minutes left to play and they need three more goals.
- GoalKevin GameiroValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 2 (58 mins - Kevin Gameiro) Arsenal 2 (3-5 on aggregate). They couldn't, could they?! Valencia have at least given themselves hope with 30 minutes left to play. Rodrigo's shot hit Gameiro in the box, the ball then spun up nicely for the Valencia striker and he essentially bundled it over the line without knowing much about it.
That change means that Wass will move back to right back, with Soler on for Piccini. Valencia are going for this, but you have to feel that it will be too little too late for them.
- OffCristiano PicciniValencia CF
- OnCarlos SolerValencia CF
Valencia make a change and Soler comes on for the final 35 minutes. Can he make a difference?
There has been some speculation recently that Lacazette could leave Arsenal in the summer with Barcelona reported to be interested in him. The Frenchman is so important to the Gunners.
What a partnership Aubameyang and Lacazette are. Emery has been criticised in recent weeks for the way Arsenal's league form collapsed, but he has harnessed those two this evening.
So, is that game over? Valencia now need FOUR goals if they are to turn this around. I know there has been some crazy goings on this week, but surely this semi final has been settled?
- GoalAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 1 Arsenal 2 (51 mins - Alexandre Lacazette) 2-5 on aggregate. Is that the goal that will send Arsenal into the final of the Europa League? The Gunners came flying forward on the counter, the pass was played by Ozil into Lacazette, he wrestled free of two markers and lashed home a finish!
News from the other game... well, well, well. It seemed that we were set for an all-English Europa League final, but not so fast. Eintracht Frankfurt have equalised against Chelsea!
PICTURE: Arsenal are within touching distance of the Europa League final.
Valencia started the first half at some pace and they are clearly looking to do the same in this second period. They need two goals to take this to extra time, three goals to win it.
Valencia strike on goal! The hosts work their way down the right side, with the pass played into Piccini. He gets the shot away, but it was blocked. It might actually have hit Coquelin.
As things stand, Arsenal are just one half of football away from the final of the Europa League, where they could face Chelsea. The Blues are also ahead in their semi final against Frankfurt.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Mestalla! It's 1-1 between Valencia and Arsenal in this second leg (2-4 on aggregate).
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Valencia 1-1 Arsenal (2-4 on aggregate). This looked like being a really difficult night for Arsenal, with Gameiro scoring the opener, but Aubameyang's strike has removed so much of the pressure.
Parejo brought down a Wass cross into the Arsenal box, but Torreira was able to make the clearance. Valencia are pressing hard for a second goal before the half time whistle blows.
Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
- Yellow cardJosé Luis GayáValencia CF
Gaya thinks he should have had a freekick for a foul by Maitland-Niles, but he is booked for diving instead.
PICTURE: How big might that away goal be for Arsenal?
There's an air of frustration around the Mestalla. The home fans have watched their team give it a real go in this first half and yet they are set to go into the half time break level at 1-1.
So close from Lacazette! That perhaps should have been a second Arsenal goal! Aubameyang went past Gabriel and then pulled back the pass for Lacazette from the byline. He struck his effort just wide of the near post! It might even have clipped the woodwork!
While Valencia have posed a threat on the counter attack, it should also be noted that Arsenal also have a real potency on the break. Aubameyang and Lacazette are so dangerous.
- Yellow cardEzequiel GarayValencia CF
Garay becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card. He went in late on Lacazette.
Parejo... just wide! Just for a moment, that looked in! The Valencia playmaker lines up the freekick 20 yards out, but his side-footed effort flashes just past the far post. Cech wasn't sure about that at all!
Arsenal are still struggling to contain Valencia whenever they come flying forward on the counter attack. It's down the left side where the home side are causing real damage to the Gunners.
That goal from Aubameyang has halted the momentum that Valencia were building, but there is a sense that if they can find a second goal before the break they will still stand a chance.
Aubameyang again! He is looking sharp this evening! Ozil drives down the right channel, plays the pass along the edge of the box, Aubameyang takes the shot, but Neto makes the low save.
Coquelin down! This could be a problem for Marcelino. The former Arsenal midfielder has hit the ground and is receiving some treatment. Although it looks likely he will continue for the hosts.
PICTURE: Aubameyang's away goal could be huge for Arsenal.
News from the other semi final... Chelsea look to be cruising through to the Europa League final. Loftus-Cheek has scored to put them 2-1 up on aggregate over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Parejo strikes wide! The switch of play gives Arsenal trouble, not for the first time, the cross is chested down by Wass to the edge of the box, but the playmaker drags his effort wide.
The atmosphere inside the Mestalla has been popped since that Arsenal goal. The home supporters realise that the task their team now faces is a tall one. Three goals needed.
Emery is still being whistled by the Valencia fans. Of course, he is a former manager of the club, but they remember him for how he left the club and for his history as boss of Sevilla.
Wild strike! The ball was clipped over the top for Gameiro, the half-clearance was made by the Arsenal defence. The ball fell to Was inside the box, but he couldn't get over it and slices well over.
It's difficult to overstate just how big a goal that was for Arsenal. It seemed likely that Valencia would score a second goal. They were piling on the pressure. Now the Mestalla is deflated.
PICTURE: Gameiro opened the scoring for Valencia.
That Aubameyang goal means that Valencia now need three more goals if they are to make the final in 90 minutes, or in extra time of course. Can they muster up that kind of fightback?
That goal came completely against the run of play, but that's the sort of quality that Arsenal have up front. That was an exceptional strike from Aubameyang. He has had a great season.
- GoalPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 1 Arsenal 1 (17 mins - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) 2-4 on aggregate. What a HUGE goal for Arsenal! Out of nothing as well! They were under serious pressure, but is that goal enough to take the Gunners to the final? Valencia failed to clear their lines, Aubameyang was played through and he found the near corner with an excellent finish!
What a strike! That would have been a stunner from Rodrigo. The Valencia striker hit the ball on the half volley and it flashed just wide of the far post! What a goal that would have been.
ICYMI - this was the Valencia opener...
It's down the left side that Valencia are finding lots of joy. They are exposing Maitland-Niles. He is an adventurous full back by nature, but nobody is coming over to cover for him!
We all know that Arsenal have had defensive troubles away from home recently, but my word... even by that standard, they are rocking at the moment. Valencia giving them all kinds of problems.
Was that going in?! That might have been a second Valencia goal! Rodrigo's shot was certainly on target, but it was blocked by GAMEIRO just a few yards out. Was that heading into the back of the net?
Valencia made the most of the opportunity, but that goal came from poor defending by Arsenal. Maitland-Niles was caught out of position after going on a foray forward, but nobody covered for him.
- GoalKevin GameiroValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Valencia 1 (11 mins - Kevin Gameiro) Arsenal 0 (2-3 on aggregate). There's the early goal that Valencia wanted and Arsenal wanted to avoid! The hosts came flying forward on the counter attack, Rodrigo played the ball across the six-yard box and Gameiro was on hand to convert into the empty net! Valencia have a foothold in the tie!
Valencia have made a decent start to the match. Arsenal are sitting quite deep. Both Aubameyang and Lacazette are playing deep and are also being pushed out wide, which is interesting.
PICTURE: This was the scene at Mestalla before kick off!
Over the bar! That's the first real sight of goal for either team and it's Valencia who get the shot away. The ball fell to Guedes inside the box after a run by Gaya, but he shoots over the bar.
Arsenal must be careful not to allow Valencia get in behind them. Rodrigo, in particular, will attempt to do that as often as he can. The Spanish international is a real danger to the Gunners.
Important header! Koscielny needed to get his head in there! Gameiro made the turn to get in behind the Valencia defence, but his cross was cut out by the Arsenal defender before it could reach a player in white.
It just feels like both teams are feeling each other out in the early stages of this match. Neither side taking a grip of things. We are still waiting for the first real chance of the game.
Valencia have real quality and experience throughout their team. Gameiro, for instance, has won the Europa League title FOUR times as an Atletico Madrid and Sevilla player.
Arsenal made a shaky start against Valencia in last week's first leg at the Emirates Stadium. They can't allow the Spanish side to make a similar sort of start in this second leg.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Valencia against Arsenal in the second leg of this Europa League semi final!
Okay, here we go. The players are out on the pitch. We are about to get started. Kick off is just moments away.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of, and during, the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Valencia mount a comeback? Or will Arsenal have enough? Tweet me!
Not long until kick off at the Mestalla. What a stadium this is. One of the best atmospheres in all of European football.
Quite the welcome for the Valencia team bus...
Arsenal have all but said goodbye to their hopes of making the top four in the Premier League, so winning the Europa League is their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League. It's all on the line here!
Of course, Arsenal's away record has been terrible of late. Even in the first leg, the Gunners looked shaky at the back. They will need to tighten things up if they are to make the final tonight.
Dangerous! Valencia have the threat to trouble Arsenal tonight. In Gameiro and Rodrigo, they have two excellent strikers. And then there's Guedes. Big things are expected of the young Portuguese.
It couldn't happen again... could it? Arsenal hold a 3-1 advantage after last week's first leg, but football has gone a bit crazy this week. Given Arsenal's dreadful away record, we couldn't be about to see another European comeback... could we?
TEAM NEWS: Valencia - Neto, Piccini, Paulista, Garay, Gaya, Wass, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Gamiero, Rodrigo. /// Arsenal - Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
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