Arsenal v Benfica player ratings: Bukayo Saka 8, Dani Ceballos 3; Diogo Goncalves 7, Lucas Verissimo 4

Gunners qualify for Europa League last 16 with 3-2 victory

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice including a late winner as Arsenal qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Benfica in the home leg of their relocated game in Greece.

The Gabon striker put Arsenal ahead at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Diogo Goncalves levelled with a fine curling free-kick and Rafa Silva gave Benfica a 2-1 lead on the night when he took advantage of an error from Dani Ceballos on the hour.

Kieran Tierney rifled in an equaliser and Aubameyang headed in the decisive goal from Bukayo Saka's cross on 87 minutes, earning the Gunners a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Player ratings from the match can be seen in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Published: February 26, 2021 08:16 AM

SHARE