Centre-back Bruno Viana went from hero-to-villain; scoring to put the Arsenalistas ahead, giving away a penalty to concede the equaliser and then scoring a late own goal to allow the visitors to escape with a share of the points.
However the moment of the night occurred just after the hour mark when 21-year-old Brazilian forward Wenderson Galeno showed what a talent he is with an outrageously crafted goal, sweetly striking an angled 20-metre curling effort into the top corner of the net with the Slovan goalkeeper rooted to his spot.
V.Guimarães remained pointless after losing 1-0 at home to Frankfurt. Guimarães defied expectation getting to the group stages so to see them qualify and then end up in a difficult group is disappointing but it is a great experience for them with a trip to North London to face Arsenal next on the agenda.
Despite being outplayed for the majority of the match, Sporting got their Europa League campaign up and running with a 2-1 comeback victory over Austrian outfit LASK Linz in Lisbon. Under the cosh from the start, the Lions found themselves a goal down after sixteen minutes through Marko Raguz. Out of nowhere Sporting enjoyed a fine five-minute spell and it proved enough to turn around the game. Luiz Phellype headed in the equaliser from a Bruno Fernandes corner, and the roles were reversed soon after as the Brazilian striker played in the Sporting captain who rattled a rasping cross-shot into the net off the post. LASK’s dominance is reflected in the statistics, the Austrians winning on shots (22-12), shots on targets (7-4), corners (12-7) and possession (53 percent-47 percent), but the one statistic that mattered was in Sporting’s favour, the 2-1 victory making it two wins out of two for new coach Silas.