Unai Emery’s side produced a performance that showed reasons they have fallen from grace from the Elite of European football and despite opting for a full strength starting xi, The Gunners never got going at the Borisov Arena and created very little in the way of clear-cut chances, with Stanislav Dragun’s header on the stroke of half-time earning a 1-0 win for the Belarusian League champions.Arsenal will have to do it without Lacazette, the striker dismissed by referee Srdjan Jovanovic for a petulant swing of the arm which summed up the frustrations for the visitors.
Chelsea desperately needed a response after back-to-back humiliating away losses, with last Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City following a 4-0 reverse at Bournemouth.Ross Barkley took advantage of a defensive lapse by the home team to put Chelsea ahead on the half-hour mark, with Olivier Giroud adding a 58th-minute second before Malmo’s late goal gave them a glimmer of hope ahead of next week’s return match at Stamford Bridge.
Martinez penalty seal narrow away win for Inter Milan
Despite the ongoing melee with former captain, Mauro ICardi, Inter Milan didn’t let that stop them from taking their first step in the UEFA Europa League as they took a priceless 1-0 away win at Rapid Wein, Thanks to a penalty in the 39th minute from Lautaro Martinez.
Round of 32 results (early games), Thursday February 14
BATE Borisov 1 – 0 Arsenal
FK Krasnodar 0 – 0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Galatasaray 1 – 2 Benfica
Lazio 0 – 1 Sevilla
Olympiakos 2 – 2 Dynamo Kyiv
Rennes 3 – 3 Real Betis
SK Rapid Wien 0 – 1 Internazionale
Slavia Prague 0 – 0 KRC Genk