CSKA Moscow 2 v Arsenal 2 – story of the match

Arsenal edged into the semi-finals of the Europa League despite being held to a draw at CSKA Moscow after what was a poor performance from the Premier League side.

Leading 4-1 from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners appeared to be coasting into the last four, only for CSKA to outplay them in Russia.

Danny Welbeck’s fifth goal in as many games checked CSKA’s progress after both Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin pounced on Petr Cech parries to put them on course for a memorable turnaround, with Aaron Ramsey scoring in stoppage time to seal a 2-2 draw.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Nababkin

The Russia international was suspended for the first leg in London last week and he showed here what CSKA were missing without him in the side. Nababkin worked hard down the flank and had a hand in both goals, scoring what proved to be a consolatory second for the hosts as they were knocked out with their pride restored.

Moment of the match

Welbeck’s goal came almost out of the blue, given Arsenal had not managed to test Igor Akinfeev throughout the night until the England international finished with aplomb to stop any suggestions of a remarkable comeback in their tracks.

Data point

Despite scraping through to the semi-finals, this defeat means Arsenal have won just seven of their
23 games on the road across all competitions this season.

Player ratings

CSKA Moscow: Igor Akinfeev 6, Vasili Berezutski 6, Sergei Ignashevich 6, Aleksei Berezutski 6, Kirill Nababkin 8, Kristijan Bistrovic 6, Aleksandr Golovin 7, Alan Dzagoev
6, Konstantin Kuchaev 6, Ahmed Musa 7, Fedor Chalov 7. Subs: Vitinho (for Dzagoev, 36) 6, Bibras Natcho (for Bistrovic, 71) 5, Georgi Milanov (for Chalov, 78) 5.

Arsenal: Petr Cech 4, Hector Bellerin 5, Shkodran Mustafi 5, Laurent Koscielny 5, Nacho Monreal 5, Mohamed Elneny 6, Aaron Ramsey 5, Mesut Ozil 4, Jack Wilshere 4, Danny Welbeck 6, Alexandre Lacazette 4. Subs: Calum Chambers (for Wilshere, 67) 5, Alex Iwobi (for Lacazette, 76) 5.

Who’s up next?

FC Ufa v CSKA Moscow (Russian Premier League, April 15)

Newcastle v Arsenal (Premier League, April 15)

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