Sporting shock Arsenal after Gonçalves goal from 50 yards sets up shootout win | Europa League

In the light of day Arsenal will not be too hard on themselves, and nor should they be. Elimination from the Europa League to a commendable Sporting side will hardly register as a regret if Mikel Arteta’s players use a cleared schedule to succeed in their push for domestic glory. Nonetheless the novelty of seeing late drama work in an opponent’s favour was unwelcome and a night that stretched to the bitter end may yet have further unwelcome consequences.

Nuno Santos’s emphatic penalty, settling a shootout that had tilted Sporting’s way when Antonio Adán repelled the previous kick…


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