12 Mar Olympiakos vs. Arsenal – Football Match Report – March 11, 2021
Arsenal wanted a pair of late objectives to safe a 3-1 victory over a resilient Olympiakos aspect of their Europa League spherical of 16, first-leg tie in Greece.
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Arsenal took the lead on 34 minutes when Actual Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard scored an absolute screamer from lengthy vary to open his Gunners account to stake the guests to a half-time lead.
Norwegian Odegaard was delighted after a advantageous particular person efficiency.
“I’ve felt at dwelling because the first day, I’m blissful to be right here and really feel nice,” the 22-year outdated midfielder, who joined Arsenal in January, mentioned.
“It’s a huge win for us, an amazing end result with three objectives away from dwelling and a win on this competitors is at all times good. The mentality on this team is nice, if one participant makes a mistake we react. That’s what it is about, being a team.”
The teams had been again on stage phrases shortly earlier than the hour mark after a poor Dani Ceballos giveaway allowed Youssef El Arabi to select up the ball and shoot previous Bernd Leno from distance to make it 1-1.
Arsenal’s Gabriel climbed the ladder to move a nook sit back over Olympiakos’ Jose Sa and into the netting on the far publish to offer Mikel Arteta’s team the lead once more.
“We had been actually strong, actually dominant,” Arteta mentioned. “We confirmed a whole lot of persona to come back right here and dominate like we did. The following factor is to do this for 90 minutes and provides nothing to the opponent.”
Substitute Mohamed Elneny then scored a stunner of his personal simply after coming off the bench with a blasted, swerving shot from nicely outdoors the penalty space to safe the win and provides his team a determined benefit with three away objectives within the first leg.
The 2 teams will meet for the decisive second leg in London subsequent Thursday.