Arsenal took a significant step towards the Europa League semi-finals as Aaron Ramsey inspired a 2-0 win over Napoli in the quarter-final first leg on Thursday.
While in faraway, Prague in the Czech Republic, another London club, Chelsea FC got a last minute goal to seal an away win courtesy of Marco Alonzo over Slavia Praha.
Unai Emery’s side seized control of the tie with a dominant first-half performance at the Emirates Stadium.
Ramsey opened the scoring with a cool finish to cap a flowing move and the Gunners were further ahead before half-time when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly deflected Lucas Torreira’s shot into his own net.
Arsenal couldn’t add to the lead after the break, but they had done enough to put themselves in pole position ahead of the second leg in Naples on April 18.
Marcos Alonso’s 86th-minute header gave Chelsea the edge over a very tough Slavia Prague with a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final in the Czech capital on Thursday.
The Spanish left-back capitalised on a fine cross by Brazilian winger Willian, the tireless mastermind of Chelsea’s attack on a chilly night.
Willian himself came close to scoring on 25 minutes but slammed his right-footed effort onto the crossbar.
With Agency Reports.