Match of the night: Arsenal host Benfica in the return match of the UEFA Europa League 1/16 finals
Arsenal ‘host’ Benfica in the second-leg match of the Europa League 1/16 play-offs. The match will take place on 25 February at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, starting at 23:25 IST.
It is all square between Arsenal and Benfica as the two European heavyweights continue their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie in Piraeus after two sides played out a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg in Rome, with Bukayo Saka cancelling out Pizzi‘s penalty in the second half at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
The outcome of the match is very important for each team, and the opponents will no doubt give their best to advance to the next stage.
Benfica starting XI: Helton Leite, Lucas Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Goncalves, Taarabt, Weigl, Rafa Silva, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Seferovic Subs: Svilar, Gilberto, Everton, Pires, Nunez, Waldschmidt, Cervi, Chiquinho, Pedrinho, Tavares, Goncalo Ramos, Vlachodimos.
Arsenal starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.
Subs: Ryan, Hein, Cedric, Chambers, Mari, Elneny, Partey, Willian, Pepe, Nketiah, Martinelli, Lacazette.