Europa League 2018-19: Key takeaways from semi-finals first leg
English clubs Chelsea and Arsenal could vie for a possible battle in the finale of the Europa League 2018-19. In their respective semi-finals first leg matches, Arsenal beat Valencia 3-1 at home. Meanwhile, Pedro scored an away goal for Chelsea against Eintracht Frankfurt which promises a crunch return leg at Stamford Bridge. Here are the key takeaways.
Chelsea forwards produce substance in Hazard's absence
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri decided to drop Eden Hazard to the bench after reasoning that the Belgian has been playing non-stop. There was a hint of risk with the decision, as Chelsea struggled after being a goal down in the first half. But Sarri didn't rush the forward and kept faith on his attackers. Spaniard Pedro was there to the side's rescue thereafter.
Jovic shows why he could be in the transfer radar
Luka Jovic has continued his fine form this season and he could be chased by several big European clubs in the summer. Eintracht's top goal-scorer gave them a crucial lead in the 23rd minute. He netted a goal with a sublime header from Filip Kostic's delivery. The 21-year-old Serb will be important for his side in the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Lacazette and Aubameyang combine well for Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's partnership could make the difference for Unai Emery's side in the competition. Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal came from behind at home. He slotted the first goal with Auba's pass. Seven minutes later, the Frenchman scored the decisive lead. Aubameyang's late volley then ensured Arsenal take a two-goal lead to Spain. Both players produced utmost quality on the pitch.