Benfica vs Arsenal LIVE! Europa League updates, live score and commentary stream

Follow all the action from Benfica vs Arsenal with our live blog, including team news and updates from the Stadio Olimpico as Mikel Arteta's men look to secure an advantage in their Europa League last-32 tie.

Benfica vs Arsenal LIVE! Europa League updates, live score and commentary stream

Can the Gunners beat Benfica? CREDIT: OFFSIDE

We'll have all the action from Italy as the Gunners look to take a first-leg lead in their tie with the Portuguese giants.

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Live BLog Thursday Feb 18th

  1. 21:54 #959

    Full-time. Benfica 1-1 Arsenal. The Gunners left to rue their missed chances with all to play for in Athens next week. That's all from us tonight. We'll see you again soon.

  2. 21:36 #958

    77'- Double change for Arsenal as Martinelli and Pepe replace Smith Rowe and Aubameyang. 1-1

  3. 21:34 #957

    74'- CHANCE! Aubameyang gets in behind, but Verissimo recovers to make an important challenge. 1-1

  4. 21:23 #956

    64'- First change for Arsenal as Tierney makes his return from injury to replace Cedric. 1-1

  5. 21:22 #955

    63'- CHANCE! Aubameyang comes close again as he gets on the end of Odegaard's pass, but his shot zips just past the far post. 1-1

  6. 21:21 #954

    62'- CHANCE! Rafa drives through the Arsenal midfield and shoots from the edge of the box, but Leno denies him with a diving save. 1-1

  7. 21:18 #953

    57'- GOOOOAAAALL ARSENAL! Instant response from the Gunners! Odegaard slips a fantastic pass through for Cedric who picks out an unmarked Saka inside the area, and he turns home the equaliser. 1-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

  8. 21:14 #952

    55'- GOAL Benfica. Penalty given after Smith Rowe is adjudged to have blocked a cross with his arm. Pizzi takes and rolls the ball into the bottom corner. Arsenal punished for those missed chances. 1-0

  9. 21:13 #951

    54'- PENALTY BENFICA!

  10. 21:11 #950

    52'- CHANCE! Neat play around the edge for the box ends with Saka reaching Ceballos' clever flick, but he drags his effort wide of the post. Arsenal can't afford to keep passing up these chances. 0-0

  11. 21:09 #949

    50'- CHANCE! Saka curls in a lovely ball towards Smith Rowe inside the six-yard box. He gets his shot on target but Leite saves and then the flag goes up for offside. 0-0

  12. 21:06 #948

    46'- Back underway. 0-0

  13. 20:48 #947

    Half-time. Benfica 0-0 Arsenal. Chances few and far between at the Stadio Olimpico, but the Gunners should be ahead after Aubameyang missed a sitter from six yards out. All to play for in Italy.

  14. 20:47 #946

    46'- CHANCE! Xhaka plays a risky crossfield pass which Grimaldo picks off before charging into the area. He looks for Nunez in the middle, but Ceballos does well to stop the cross. 0-0

  15. 20:42 #945

    39'- CHANCE! Wonderful feet from Odegaard as he jinks his way through the Benfica defence then looks to square it to Ceballos, but the ball gets stuck under his feet and its scrambled clear. 0-0

  16. 20:28 #944

    27'- Saka has a go from the edge of the area but Leite makes an easy save. 0-0

  17. 20:20 #943

    19'- HOW HAS HE MISSED! Aubameyang has missed a sitter! Bellerin is played in behind and he has Saka and Aubameyang square. He picks out the skipper who looks certain to score, but he somehow puts it wide from six yards at the far post. 0-0

  18. 20:08 #941

    6'- Bellerin gets to the byline and wins Arsenal the first corner of the game, but it comes to nothing. 0-0

  19. 20:08 #942

    6'- Bellerin gets to the byline and wins Arsenal the first corner of the game, but it comes to nothing. 0-0

  20. 20:04 #940

    4'- Decent start from Arsenal who have had a few forrays forward, but no chances as of yet. 0-0

  21. 20:01 #939

    1'- Arsenal get the game underway. 0-0

  22. 19:58 #938

    Teams are out at the Stadio Olimpico. Benfica vs Arsenal is moments away.

  23. 19:51 #937

    Benfica have been struggling in the league this season, with the Eagles sitting in fourth place, 13 points behind the league leaders Sporting Lisbon. They have a number of players who will be familiar to English football fans in their ranks, including Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi and Adel Taarabt.

  24. 19:47 #936

    Arsenal last faced Benfica in the second knockout round of the 1991 European Cup, with the Portuguese side winning 4-2 on aggregate.

  25. 19:46 #935

    Despite tonight's game being an away game of sorts for both sides - with the game taking place at Rome's Stadio Olimpico due to travel restrictions - Arsenal are the away side this evening. Mikel Arteta's men will be keen to get an away goal tonight.

  26. 19:22 #934

    Benfica subs: Svilar, Gilberto, Everton, Gabriel, Cervi, Seferovic, Chiquinho, Rafa, Pedrinho, Tavares, Ferreira, Vlachodimos.

  27. 19:20 #933

    Benfica team to face Arsenal: Leite, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Verissimo, Goncalves, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Weigl, Taarabt, Waldschmidt, Nunez.

  28. 19:18 #932

    Arsenal subs: Hein, Ryan, Holding, Tierney, Chambers, Mari, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli, Pepe, Willian, Lacazette.

  29. 19:17 #931

    Arsenal team to face Benfica: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.


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