In the Europa League quarter-finals, second leg Arsenal smashed Slavia Prague with four defeating goals, scoring three in six minutes. Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the competition. Emile Smith Rowe dribbled out Nicolas Pepe in the 18th minute of the Slavia Prague vs Arsenal clash and the Ivorian struck from an acute angle straight into the net after confusing a defender. Arsenal won a penalty kick within the following 120 seconds.
It was a fateful moment for the hosts when Alexandre Lacazette made no mistake, increasing the lead from eleven meters. Jakub Hromada beat Thomas Partey inside the sixteen and the referee had no doubt it was illegal.
Six minutes passed and the Londoners had as many as three hits on their account. Bukayo Saka received a pass in front of the penalty area, entered the sixteen and decided to shoot. The ball flew along the ground into the goal past a surprised Ondrej Kolar. The Prague players may have been shocked, but they tried to attack. Even before the break, Alexander Bah struck but did not hit the light of the goal.
Arsenal won against Slavia but Jindrich Trpisovsky’s team failed to get out of their half for good and the rival attacked again.
The Czech coach made four changes to his team before the start of the second half. Among others, Nicolae Stanciu went off, the star of the team who definitely failed at the most important moment.
The hosts, who had nothing to lose, tried more attacks after the first half. David Zima shot from an acute angle but was blocked by one of the defenders after the break.
The one-sided result, unfortunately, reflected on the quality of the spectacle.
Arenal’s lead was increased by Alexandre Lacazette as the Frenchman scored his second goal of the match after receiving a pass in the penalty area.
In the Europa League semi-finals, the Canaries will face Villareal, who won in a two-legged tie against Dinamo Zagreb.
Slavia Prague vs Arsenal FC 0-4 (0-3)
Goals: Nicolas Pepe (18), Alexandre Lacazette (21p, 76), Bukayo Saka (24)
First match: 1-1
Yellow cards: Jakub Hromada, Peter Olayinka – Gabriel Martinelli
Slavia: Ondrej Kolar – Alexander Bah (46 Denis Visinsky), Tomas Holes, David Zima, Jan Boril (46 Oscar Dorley) – Nicolae Stanciu (46 Ondrej Lingr), Jakub Hromada (46 Lukas Masopust), Lukas Provod, Petr Secvik, Peter Olayinka – Jan Kuchta (71 Stanislas Tecl)
Arsenal: Bernd Leno – Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Granit Xhaka – Thomas Partey (78 Cedric Soares), Dani Ceballos – Bukayo Saka (78 Gabriel Martinelli), Emile Smith Rowe (67 Mohamed Elneny) – Nicolas Pepe (88 Folarian Balogun, Alexandre Lacazette (78 Eddie Nketiah)