Europa: Lacazette Sent off as Bate Borisov Beats Arsenal

first_imgArsenal slumped to a disappointing first leg defeat against Bate Borisov in the Europa League last 32.Stanislav Dragun nodded home Igor Stasevich’s free-kick for the game’s only goal just before half-time.Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette had a goal disallowed early in the second half before being sent off for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic. Alexandre Lacazette A resolute Bate held on for the win, their first over an English side at home in European competition.The Belarusian champions will now take a slender lead to Emirates Stadium for the second leg next Thursday.It was no more than Bate deserved as Arsenal faded quickly after a bright start on a bumpy pitch and sub-zero conditions in Belarus.Aliaksei Baga’s side were playing their first competitive match since December and doggedly held on to their lead in the second half.Arsenal, in contrast, managed just three shots on target despite enjoying nearly 77% possession.Unai Emery will have hoped the resumption of the Europa League would have given his side some momentum after an inconsistent few weeks.The Gunners’ final Europa League group game against FK Qarabag in December extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 22 games. But since then Emery’s side have lost six out of 13 matches, going out of both domestic cups in the process.Emery responded to that patchy form by naming a strong side for the game in Belarus, showing just two changes from the team that won at Huddersfield last weekend.There was early promise as Henrikh Mkhitaryan drew a smart stop from Denis Scherbitski within 90 seconds. Further chances for Lacazette and Alex Iwobi followed, but the Gunners quickly deteriorated.Bate Borisov, meanwhile, are effectively in pre-season having not have not played a competitive game since their final Europa League group game two months ago.They showed little sign of rustiness, however, and grew in confidence as the game progressed, cheered on by a boisterous home crowd.Most of their attacking play went through captain Stasevich, who delivered more assists than any other player during the group stages.Bate debutant Nemanja Milic had already clipped the post from Stasevich’s drilled cross before the midfielder laid on the opening goal from a set-piece.His free-kick from the right found the head of Dragun, who had evaded marker Sead Kolasinac and powered a header beyond Petr Cech.Even the second half introduction of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and January signing Denis Suarez failed to spark a response from Arsenal.Their misery was compounded when Lacazette needlessly lashed out at Filipovic and was deservedly sent off, with the Gunners suffering a fifth defeat in eight away games in all competitions.The Gunners will still feel confident of having enough in next week’s second leg to progress, but they have made their task considerably harder than it might otherwise have been.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin bench instrumental in Sunday win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team walked away from the Kohl Center Sunday with a season-opening victory over nonconference foe Southeastern Louisiana, thanks in large part to plenty of help from the bench. Wisconsin (1-0) thumped Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) 87-47, and UW’s bench players pitched in 34 points and 15 rebounds.Lions head coach Jim Yarbrough said he liked the way Wisconsin’s bench approached the game and hopes his team can learn from it.“I was very impressed by how motivated their bench was,” Yarbrough said. “Every kid who came in for them was really motivated to play hard and that’s great commentary and great credit to [UW head] coach [Bo] Ryan. That’s the sort of thing that you try to establish at your own program when you’re building it up, try to get kids to play with that kind of motivation.”Wisconsin’s bench was led by senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made a surprisingly quick return to the floor after suffering a severe leg laceration that sidelined him for just more than a month during the preseason.“When you see your bone and a freak thing like that happens, a lot of stuff runs through your head,” Bruesewitz said. “I’m definitely recharged and refocused. I was really excited to come into the season before the injury and now it’s about 10 times more. I was really excited that I got cleared to play today. I was all smiles today and this morning and all through pregame, so I’m really excited to be back. That’s the only way to describe it.”Bruesewitz showed little rust in his first action of the season, as the senior finished the game perfect from field, hitting all three of his shots for 10 points while also collecting three rebounds.Ryan said he knows what Bruesewitz can do for the team and was pleased to have him on the court Sunday.“It’s Mike,” Ryan said of his senior’s strong performance. “Just to see a guy like that back with that kind of experience, it was so obvious in practice on Friday and Saturday what he gives us, so now to have that back, we are very thankful.”Yarbrough joked he was hoping Bruesewitz would not be able to play against Southeastern Louisiana, knowing how big a piece he is for Wisconsin’s team.“I was extremely disappointed to see [Bruesewitz] out there today,” Yarbrough said with a smile. “They have enough weapons without him. He’s so rugged and tough. He was terrific.”UW also saw contributions from several new faces. Freshman forward Sam Dekker took advantage of his 17 minutes on the floor, hitting two three-pointers and finishing the game with eight points and a rebound.The highly-touted freshman received the most game time among bench players, with sophomore guard Traevon Jackson close behind after logging 15 minutes of action. Despite making two of his three long range attempts, Ryan was not happy to see Dekker launching shots behind the three-point arc early in the shot clock.“Sam’s learning what I like and what I think is a good shot, just like everybody else has had to,” Ryan said. “It’s a little different.”Jackson contributed during his time on the court at guard, pitching in with four points, a rebound and an assist.After transferring from the Air Force and sitting out last season, redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon – the brother of former UW basketball standout Jason Bohannon – made the most of his nine minutes Sunday, racking up five points and five rebounds and hitting all three of his shots on the night. Wisconsin’s bench shot just better than 57 percent from the field, compared to the team total of 52.5 percent, and did not miss a shot from the charity stripe.With more than half of UW’s bench players being underclassmen, Ryan said he is happy with the way the young players preformed but still sees room for improvement.“We’ll take what they give us on the defensive end, rebounding, points, screens,” Ryan said. “It’s about the whole process that matters to us. When we break the film down, I’m sure there are some things where they can improve.”last_img read more