Arsenal held by 10-man Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals

Arsenal held by 10-man Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals

Ospina was somewhat surprisingly picked between the sticks for Thursday's crunch Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico at the Emirates, despite Cech being back in the squad.

Sime Vrsaljko was sent off for two bookings in just the ninth minute before Atleti boss Diego Simeone was also given his marching orders for his animated actions on the sidelines.

Moments later, Nacho Monreal whipped in another superb delivery for Lacazette but on this occasion, the forward saw his header prevented from finding the top corner by Jan Oblak.

Here is how we rated Arsenal's players after the result.

Then sensationally, Simeone was told to leave the bench after he reacted furiously to a foul by Arsenal's Hector Bellerin.

A few minutes later, Vrsaljko went in for a late challenge on Lacazette - and Atletico star looked stunned when the referee Clement Turpin shown him a second yellow card, the fifth fastest sending off in Europa League history.

The second leg comes up next Thursday at the Wanda Metropolitano in Spain.

That was until eight minutes to go when Atletico found a potentially-decisive equaliser.

It was all going so well for Arsenal until Laurent Koscielny kicked the ball into his own face...

It was the next-best start that Arsenal could have hoped for, besides an early goal of course.



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