- BATE Borisov on Thursday night, February 14, beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Europa League round of 32 tie
This will be the first time that BATE will be recording a win over the Premier League club in their history
- They now take a one goal lead to the Emirate Stadium for the second leg with the hopes of qualifying for the round of 16
BATE Borisov on Thursday night, February 14, recorded their first ever win over Arsenal when they beat the Gunners 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 encounter.
The home fans were sent into serious jubilation at the Borisov Arena considering the fact that they have lost all three of their previous home games against English clubs in European competition.
BATE Borisov and Arsenal's only previous encounter came last season in the Europa League group stages in which the Gunners won both ties scoring 10 goals and conceded only two.
Borisov started the match impressively and they would have even scored the first goal in the 10th minute when Egor Filipenko provided a superb pass for Milic, but he could not beat Arsenal goalie Petr Cech.
Arsenal and Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi has the chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute when he was set up by Granit Xhaka, but BATE goalie Denis made an incredible save.
The home team eventually got their goal in the 45th minute through Stanislav Dragun who beat Kolasinac just outside the six yard box and looped a smart header over goalkeeper Cech.
Arsenal tried all they could to restore parity before the end of the game, but the home team were superb in the defense as they clipped the wings of Lacazette and Xhaka.
Lacazette scored in the 55th minute and was already in jubilation before the referee disallowed the goal for an offside and later got a red card.
The match eventually ended 1-0 in favor of the home side BATE Borisov, and they will now take a goal lead to the Emirate Stadium for the second leg tie.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how it was claimed that Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants German football star Mesut Ozil to leave the Premier League giants this summer.
The Gunners want to sell the former Real Madrid star so as to raise funds to buy more players at the end of the season.
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