Youssef El-Arabi scored within the eleventh hour of extra-time as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League on Thursday (Feb 27) on an evening when four former European champions were eliminated.
Although Ajax, Benfica, Porto, and Celtic went out, Man United hardly broke sweat after Simon Deli conceded a penalty and earned a red card at Old Trafford.
Arsenal, last year’s losing finalists, had won the primary leg of the round of 32 tie 1-0 in Greece. Arsenal couldn’t break through and were forced to overtime.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them back ahead with a spectacular flying kick.
However, Arsenal cleared an Olympiakos corner within the final minute of additional time but were still disorganized when the ball was swung back to the world.
The cross found El Arabi free ahead of goal for an unchallenged shot.
Odion Ighalo, making his first start, hit his first goal for the club within the 34th minute.
For the Nigerian, who says United were his childhood club, it had been a flash to celebrate, but the emotion was mixed.
Ighalo lifted his shirt to reveal an image of his sister Mary Atole who died suddenly at her range in Canada in December. He also has her name stitched into his boots.
Fred and Scott McTominay completed the rout with two late goals.
Ajax, Champions League semi-finalists last year, began two goals right down to Getafe, this season’s Liga surprise team, and conceded another after five minutes.
Jaime Mata exploited tentative Ajax defending to spin and hammer in a coffee shot from close range.
That left the house needed wanting to score four, they managed two, the primary from young Brazilian Danilo Pereira, together with his first for the club, and an goal when Mathias Olivera deflected a place kick . Getafe persisted comfortably.
Copenhagen scored three goals when they won 3-1 at Celtic but deserved the victory.
Jozo Simunovic’s weak back pass gave Copenhagen the ball on the brink of goal after 51 minutes and Micheal Santos completed the punishment.
With seven minutes left, Odsonne Edouard levelled with a penalty but as Celtic tried to press, their defence panicked twice within the last five minutes. Pep Biel and Dame N’Doye coolly accepted the gifts to form the mixture score 4-2.
Benfica went out 5-4 on a aggregate after repeatedly discard the initiative as they drew 3-3 reception to Romanians Cluj.
Porto subsided 3-1 reception to Bayer Leverkusen to travel out 5-2 overall.