[VIDEO] CSKA Moscow 2-2 Arsenal: Welbeck, Ramsey Goals Secure Qualification Despite Early Scare | Goals

Goals from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey helped Arsenal secure passage into the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow in Thursday’s quarter-final second leg.

Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin struck in the opening 50 minutes to threaten a dramatic turnaround in the tie, but Welbeck and Ramsey scored in the final quarter of an hour to seal a 6-3 aggregate victory.

In a week that has seen Roma shock Barcelona and Juventus almost beat Real Madrid in remarkable Champions League quarter-final matches, much of the pre-match talk in Russia focused on the need for Arsenal to put in a professional performance to defend their 4-1 first-leg advantage.

They were punished for slack defending in each half through Chalov and Nababkin, though, as Viktor Goncharenko’s side showed signs they would punish the Gunners’ complacency and snatch a spot in the last four.

But Welbeck, starting wide on the left in place of the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan, started and finished Arsenal’s first particularly slick move before Ramsey netted on the counter-attack deep into injury time.

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