Rennes stun Arsenal; Chelsea, Napoli on last 8 brink

Rennes: Chelsea and Napoli closed in on the Europa League quarter-finals, but Arsenal face a major battle to reach the last eight after a 3-1 defeat away to Rennes on Thursday.

Alex Iwobi gave the Gunners a perfect start in north-western France, but the team suffered a blow with  sending-off of defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos shortly before half-time. Benjamin Bourigeaud equalised moments later, a Nacho Monreal own goal put Rennes ahead before Ismaila Sarr’s late header gave them a two-goal cushion in the tie.

Unai Emery’s side must now turn the tie around in the second leg in London next Thursday if they are to progress any further.

Chelsea eased past Dynamo Kiev 3-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi while early goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Fabian Ruiz, plus a second-half own goal from Jerome Onguene, earned a 3-0 win for Sarri’s former side Napoli over Salzburg.

Agence France-Presse

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