Arsenal top group thanks to late comeback in Belgium

Arsenal top group thanks to late comeback in Belgium

12/12/2019

Bukayo Saka scored a goal and set up another to help Arsenal to a 2-2 draw with Standard Liege that sees them top their Europa League group and advance to the round of 32.

A lacklustre first half ended goalless, but the hosts struck soon after the restart when Samuel Bastien's shot from the top of the area took a wicked deflection and found its way into the back of Emiliano Martinez's net.

Liege then doubled their lead courtesy of another deflection, this time from a Selim Amallah shot, but the two-goal lead would be short-lived.

Saka set up the first with a perfect cross from the left flank that Alexandre Lacazette headed home, then the 18-year-old scored one of his own after some nice interplay with Gabriel Martinelli to level the score at 2-2.

Eintracht Frankfurt looked set to go through as Group F winners until they conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 to bottom side Vitoria Guimaraes, putting the Gunners through atop the group on 11 points, with the Germans second on nine.

Arsenal will learn their knockout-round opponents following Monday's draw.

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