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The Europa League last 16 1st legs took place yesterday and it was Rennes who arguably pulled of the shock of the day.

Despite taking the lead, Arsenal had Papastathopoulos sent off for a 2nd booking on 41 minutes.

Almost immediately, the French side equalized and went on to dominate the 2nd half scoring 2 more to record a 3 1 win.

Arsenal’s away goal does mean that a 2 0 win in next weeks 2nd leg will be enough to see them through, and manager Emery is confident that they will still qualify.

 “The red card changed the game more than we wanted,” he said.

“The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances. I think we can do better and I have confidence with our players and our supporters helping us.”

Iwobi scored the 3rd minute opener for the Gunners with Bourigeaud levelling on 42, a Monreal own goal on 65th putting Rennes ahead and Sarr scoring a deserved 3rd on 88 minutes.

Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea had a much easier evening, coasting to a 3 0 win against Dynamo Kiev meaning they have half a foot in the last 8 already.

Pedro opened the scoring on 17 minutes with William scoring direct from a free kick on 65 minute. Hudson-Odoi came on after 78 minutes and marked his latest appearance with another goal, rounding off the scoring in the final minute of normal time.

The other results were:

Napoli   3                             Red Bull Salzburg 0

Dinamo Zagreb 1              Benfica                 0

Frankfurt 0                          Inter Milan 0

Sevilla 2                                Slavia Prague 2

Zenit 1                                  Villarreal 3

Valencia 2                           Krasnodar 1

2nd legs will be played next Thursday, 14th March

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