Aubameyang hat-trick sends Arsenal into Europa League final

first_img Reuters ValenciaMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 08:09 IST Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Arsenal reached the Europa League final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSArsenal beat Valencia 4-2 on the night and 7-3 on aggregate in the Europa League finalPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick and Alexandre Lacazette got oneArsenal will face Chelsea in the final in Baku on May 29 to make it an all-England affairA hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike booked Arsenal’s place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia on Thursday to seal an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory.Unai Emery’s side will face Chelsea in Baku on May 29 after their London rivals beat Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties to ensure both European club competitions will feature all-English finals.Arsenal’s first win on Spanish soil since beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2006 kept their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through Europe’s secondary competition alive.”We reacted well to going behind and we knew we had to score a minimum of one goal tonight,” Lacazette told BT Sport.”Auba (Aubameyang) was unbelievable tonight with an incredible hat-trick, so thanks to him.”We have played badly in the Premier League during the last month and now we have to use this opportunity. We want to play in the Champions League next season and we want the trophy.”MkhitaryanHazardGainoviWhich delivery was your favourite? #UEL #Possibilities @FedExEurope pic.twitter.com/vOESAiRoqsUEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 9, 2019In a week of improbable European comebacks, Valencia, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, were seeking to become the latest side to overturn a hefty deficit and made the perfect start as Kevin Gameiro slid in to convert Rodrigo’s centre with 11 minutes played.Rodrigo sent an effort wide as the home crowd sensed an upset, but Arsenal were soon level when Aubameyang notched his first out of nothing, producing a fine finish from outside the box from Lacazette’s flick on following goalkeeper Petr Cech’s long clearance.advertisementValencia continued to push forward, with Dani Parejo sending a free kick narrowly wide before Jose Luis Gaya was booked for diving on the cusp of halftime as they desperately sought a second.Marcelino’s side were caught napping by Lacazette’s curling effort just after the break to put the visitors ahead on the night.Gameiro converted Rodrigo’s mis-hit shot just before the hour to set up a possible grandstand finish, but Aubameyang soon restored Arsenal’s lead before completing his treble two minutes from time to book their first European final since they lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.Tempers flared as players from both sides clashed on the final whistle, but it was Emery’s side celebrating as they booked their final place.Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.Also Read | David Beckham handed 6-month driving ban for using phone at wheelFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Europa LeagueFollow Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow ArsenalFollow ValenciaFollow ChelseaFollow Alexandre Lacazette Aubameyang hat-trick sends Arsenal into Europa League finalPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Valencia 4-2 on the night and 7-3 on aggregate, to reach the Europa League final against Chelsea.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Collector stopped from selling his £7 eBay picture of Jesse James for

When Justin Whiting discovered a photograph of Jesse James on eBay he thought he stood to make the kind of booty the legendary Wild West outlaw would have been proud of.After buying the rare photograph of the 19th century bank robber for just £7 in July last year, two American experts told him it was genuine, making it worth as much as £2 million.But Mr Whiting’s dreams of riding off into the sunset, his saddle bags full of gold, have now been shattered.Christie’s auctioneers have refused to accept the 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches Victorian tintype photograph for sale, after concluding the man pictured was not in fact Jesse James at all.It told Mr Whiting: “This photograph would not be suitable for a forthcoming auction with Christie’s.” The move came after a surviving descendant of James commissioned British expert Mark Bampton who, after closely examining the photograph, found there were too many facial differences for the person it it to be the outlaw.Mr Bampton compared an existing picture of James at a similar age to the man in the new photograph, using linear analysis of the two images to establish any differences in facial features. He found that, crucially, the young man in Mr Whiting’s photograph had a much thicker bottom lip than that of James, as well as a “much shorter neck”.Mr Brampton also compared Mr Whiting’s photograph with another accepted one of James, and found marked differences between the position of the two men’s ears and eyes.He concluded: “It is clear from my analysis that there are significant differences proving that Justin Whiting’s photograph is not an authentic one of Jesse James.” Justin Whiting’ photo Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar ageCredit:SWNS.com Justin Whiting' photo Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar age Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more