Ceballos sees red card on his return to Spain as Unai Emery's side Villarreal stun Mikel Areta's men
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Ceballos sees red card on his return to Spain as Unai Emery's side Villarreal stun Mikel Areta's men

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday evening. 

Arsenal were down to two goals to nil before Dani Ceballos was sent off. However, Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners lifeline after scoring an away goal from the spot. 

Arsenal started so well against Villarreal but concede the first goal after losing possession. It was some superb play from Chukwueze on the right as he dribbled into the area and neither Xhaka nor Ceballos could do anything to stop him. The ball was then sent to Triguoro's at and he smashed a volley through Partey's legs. 

In the 29th minute, Villarreal netted the second after a terrible defending from a corner. Parejo delivered a sensational corner and Moreno was in the middle with a free head, nodding it toward the back of the post. Villarreal captain Albiolwho was unmarked. came driving in at the back post to slot home. 

No Penalty 

Pepe was brought down inside the penalty zone and the referee pointed for the spot. However, VAR was called into action and the penalty was chalked off due to handball from Pepe. 

Red Card 

Arsenal were reduced to ten men after Ceballos was given a second yellow card for a foul on Parejo. Ceballos was left in disbelief as Parejo was the one who slid in on the challenge first. 

Penalty

Saka's quick feet caught Villarreal's defence out and Trigueoro trip the Arsenal youngster. Nicolas Pepe stepped up and made no mistake, putting the ball into the back of the net. 

Red Card

In the 80th minute, Villarreal were also reduced to ten men after Etienne Capoue was given the second yellow card for a poorly time challenge on Saka. 

That's all in Spain and it will be an intriguing encounter at The Emirates next Thursday. 

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