highlights New Delhi: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to reach the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate, as Chelsea and Napoli also booked a last-eight spot on Thursday. The Gunners canceled out their 3-1 deficit from last week’s first leg in France inside 15 minutes as Aubameyang swept home from close range before teeing up Ainsley Maitland-Niles to head home. However, Rennes had cause to complain as Aubameyang should have been flagged offside before the second goal.With VAR not in use for the Europa League unlike the Champions League, there was no recourse for Rennes and the Ligue 1 side will also reflect on missed opportunities after the break as a historic European run for the club came to an end. M’Baye Niang struck the post and Sead Kolasinac’s last-ditch tackle denied Ismaila Sarr before the Bosnian wing-back crossed for Aubameyang to give Arsenal breathing space. Aubameyang spearheaded Arsenal’s revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes.Pierre-Emerick reaches the Europa League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification. Winning the Europa League also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of Champions League qualification should they fail to make the top four in the Premier League. But Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as Sevilla coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.”It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, but it also is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title,” said the Spaniard. Chelsea cruised into the last eight with greater ease as six Premier League sides will take their place in Friday’s quarter-finals draws with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in the last eight of the Champions League.After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea was even more dominant in Kiev as Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick for the club.”We started very well. We wanted to start in this way,” Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told BT Sport.”We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half.” Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time. Frenchman Giroud completed his hat-trick before teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the scoring. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
In what appears a repeat of Nigeriaâ€™s 4-0 defeat in the WAFU Cup final last year in Ghana, the Home-based Eagles were crushed by the same margin by host Morocco in the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) played in Casablanca last night.The Atlas Lions playing before their home fans at the Stade Mohamed V overpowered Eagles, who played most of the second half with just 10 men to join DR Congo, Tunisia and Libya as the only four winners of the competition meant for players plying their trades in the continent.Morocco gave an early warning of their attacking potency when striker Ayoub El Kaabi headed home from Ismail Haddadâ€™s corner kick in the seventh minute, but the goal was correctly ruled out because the ball had passed out of play in its flight.El Kaabi took centre stage again in the 15th minute when he met Haddadâ€™s left-flank cross with an acrobatic overhead kick and rattled Nigeriaâ€™s crossbar with the effort, underlining the Atlas Lionsâ€™ early dominance.Nigeria came into the game a little more as the first half wore on, but the hosts remained dangerous in attack and finally broke the deadlock just before the interval.A slick move put Abdeljalil Jbira free down the left flank, his pullback from the by-line picked out Zakaria Hadraf and the winger fired a low shot into the back of the net, beating goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye low to his right.Things went from bad to worse for the Home-based Eagles when Plateau Unitedâ€™s Peter Moses Eneji, who was already on a yellow card, scythed down Mohamed Nahiri early in the second half and was sent off for a second caution.The Atlas Lions duly made the most of their numerical advantage, with Walid El Karti doubling their lead on the hour mark when he headed home on the rebound after Ajiboye saved Haddadâ€™s shot, before Hadraf added his second a few minutes later to make it 3-0.A Morocco win at this tournament wouldnâ€™t be complete without a strike from El Kaabi, and the forward duly notched his ninth of the 2018 CHAN when he redirected a shot from Nahiri in the 73rd minute to complete the scoring.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram