Chelsea wins as Arsenal stunned in first leg of Europa League


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Chelsea edge past in the first leg of the Europa League in the round of 32 against Malmo with a 2-1 victory to reduce pressure on the coach Maurizio Sarri. Sarri called a strong team despite leaving Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard on the bench. Ross Barkley took advantage of the poor defensive strategy from the home side to give visitors lead in the half-hour. Olivier Giroud added a second in the 58th minute before Malmo’s late goal gave them hope ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal stun after 1-0 defeat from the hands of BATE Borisov in a game which Alexandre Lacazette was sent off for Aleksandar Filipovic before the final five minutes. Stanislav Dragun gives home side lead just before half time. Arsenal never threatened to equalize. Even Lacazette’s late dismissal suspended him for the return leg next week in London. Unai Emery’s side has now won just two of their last nine away games – last weekend’s win over Huddersfield in the Premier League and a FA Cup win over third division Blackpool.

Napoli started their match without record goalscorer Marek Hamsik with a 3-1 win in a fiery atmosphere in Zurich. Lorenzo Insigne, who replaced Hamsik as captain after moving to China, scored the opening goal. Jose Callejon and Piotr Zielinski help visitors to give them a comfortable win.

Celtic’s European adventures seem to be over for another season following a 2-0 defeat from Valencia in Parkhead. Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino scored the goals as the Spaniards extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Wissam Ben Yedder’s 22nd-minute strike helped five-time champions Sevilla and take a big step towards the last 16 with a 1-0 victory against Lazio in Rome.

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