Arsenal failed to turn around their domestic results in Europe and survived a friendly defeat by their hosts Sporting Lisbon, Portugal to draw 2-2 on Thursday as part of the first leg of the European Football League final.
On the other hand, Roma put Italy ahead in the quarter-finals by beating their Spanish guest Real Sociedad 2-0.
In the first leg, Arsenal opened the scoring thanks to Frenchman William Saliba in the 22nd minute when he headed a corner and turned it into the net before Gonzalo Inacio equalized for Sporting CP in the 34th minute, also heading after angular. .
Sporting took the lead in the second half thanks to Joao Fernandez after he followed a ball that bounced off the Arsenal goalkeeper in the 55th minute.
While the Portuguese team managed to win at home, the equalizing goal came to the English club in the 62nd minute, when the Swiss Granit Xhaka hit the ball from the approach to the penalty area, which hit the Japanese defender Hidemas Morita, changed course and settled in the net , so that the decision was postponed to the second leg in London on March 16 this year.
In the second match, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, the hosts opened the scoring thanks to Stefan El Shaarawy, an Egyptian and Italian by nationality, in the 13th minute.
Substitute Marash Kumbola scored the second goal for Roma with a header in the 87th minute.
Roma have won a second home win in their last eight European matches against Spanish teams in exchange for two draws and four defeats.