|Arsenal:||Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin (Alexandre Lacazette, min.78), David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos (Willian, min.63), Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard (Calum Chambers, min.90), Emile Smith-Rowe (Thomas Partey, min.63), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka (Mohamed Elneny, min.90)|
|Benfica:||Helton Leite, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Lucas Verissimo, Diogo Goncalves, Rafa Silva, Julian Weigl (Luca Waldschmidt, min.90), Adel Taarabt (Gabriel Appelt, min.58), Alex Grimaldo (Nuno Tavares, min.85), Pizzi (Everton, min.57) and Haris Seferovic (Darwin Nunez, min.57)|
|Stadium:||the Karaiskakis Stadium|
|Goals:||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (1-0, min. 21), Diogo Goncalves (1-1, min. 43), Rafa Silva (1-2, min. 61), Kieran Tierney (2-2, min. 67) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3-2, min. 87)|
Benfica failed to win against Arsenal in the match return of the Europa League‘s round of 16. After 90 minutes of play, the final result was 3-2. The first leg match held at the stadium Benfica ended with a score of 1-1.
It was an impressive opening from Arsenal, following a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in minute 21. However, they didn’t maintain the lead for long though, an equalizer from a Diogo Goncalves just before half-time brought Benfica level to see out the first half 1-1.
Benfica took the lead in the second half, thanks to Rafa Silva opening the scoring, 61 minutes in. However, their lead was short lived, as an equalizer from a goal from Kieran Tierney in the 67th minute brought Arsenal level. Later, Arsenal scored again and found the back of the net thanks to another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, scoring his second goal in the 87th minute just before the final whistle, sealing a resounding 3-2 victory for the home side.
For Arsenal Willian, Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette, Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers came on for Dani Ceballos, Emile Smith-Rowe, Hector Bellerin, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, while Benfica brought on Darwin Nunez, Everton, Gabriel Appelt, Nuno Tavares and Luca Waldschmidt to replace Haris Seferovic, Pizzi, Adel Taarabt, Alex Grimaldo and Julian Weigl.
The referee booked one player from Benfica, Adel Taarabt.