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BATE Borisov takes 1st leg lead v. Arsenal

Belarus Soccer Europa League

Bate’s Stanislav Dragun, right, celebrates with Maksim Skavysh after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Europa League round of 32 first leg soccer match between Bate and Arsenal at the Borisov-Arena in Borisov, Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


  • Dragun scores before halftime
  • Gunners have 77 percent possession
  • Both teams but three shots on target
  • Lacazette sent off

BATE Borisov stunned Arsenal with a 1-0 Europa League first leg win at Borisov Arena on Thursday,

A free kick from Igor Stasevich was headed home by Stanislav Dragun in the 45th minute for the lone goal of the game.

The second leg is Thursday at the Emirates Stadium.

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Alexandre Lacazette had a goal called back for Arsenal, and capped his day with an 85th minute red card.

Lacazette swung his arm backward and caught Aleksandar Filipovic, and will be set for multiple games on the bench.

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6 - Arsenal have been eliminated from each of their last six two-legged ties in European competition when losing the first leg – the last such tie they managed to reverse was against FC Porto in the Champions League in 2009-10 (6-2 on aggregate). Delicate.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 14, 2019

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