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Sporting Lisbon star trolls Xhaka over goal celebration after Arsenal crash out

Sporting Lisbon player Pedro Goncalves trolled Granit Xhaka by mimicking the celebration he had dedicated to his daughter after they were eliminated out of the Europa League.

After the 2-2 draw in the Portuguese capital last week, Xhaka got the Gunners up and running at the Emirates in the second leg clash, lashing home after 19 minutes after Martinelli’s effort was saved.

Goncalves levelled the game after the hour mark with a stunning goal of the season contender, beating Ramsdale with a breath-taking lob from the halfway line.

Antonio Adan was in good form in the Sporting goal, making key saves in extra time as the clash went to penalties.

Adan was again the hero in the penalty shoot-out, keeping out Martinelli’s effort to send his team into the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

As Sporting players ran to celebrate with their supporters in the away end, Goncalves was seen mimicking Xhaka’s goal celebration.

The Switzerland midfielder had earlier dedicated his first-half goal to his young daughter Ayana.

During the game, his wife Leonita shared a video of their child repeating the celebration right back to her father as she watched him put Arsenal ahead.

While the Gunners are top of the Premier League with a five point advantage over Man City, club captain Martin Odegaard was left to rue the early European exit.

‘I think we did enough in some periods of the game but most of the game we weren’t on the level we should be,’ he told BT Sport.

‘We didn’t play our best football. It was a tight game in the end, it could have gone both ways.

‘They are a good team, we knew that, we were prepared. It was more about us today, we didn’t play the way we normally do with the same energy we normally do. Now we have to look forward.

‘We have to remember it’s been a great season, it’s a big blow to go out of this competition. But now we look forward to the league, that’s all we can do now.

‘We win and lose together. It doesn’t matter. When we’re winning everyone is happy, when we lose we have to pick up the spirit. We win and lose together.’

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