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McNeil punishes errors to beat Arsenal's Franceschi

23 Apr 2020
Franceschi 1-3 McNeil, ePL

Burnley winger wins the final tie of the last-16 stage with goals from strike duo Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood

Dwight McNeil has completed the quarter-final line-up in the ePremier League Invitational tournament after steering his Burnley side past Arsenal’s representative Josh Franceschi with a 3-1 victory.

McNeil dominated possession throughout and took the lead through Jay Rodriguez.

Gunners fan Franceschi, from band You Me At Six, hit straight back through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But he was twice punished for losing the ball in dangerous positions, with Rodriguez and Chris Wood applying the finishes.

McNeil progresses to face Brighton & Hove Albion’s Neal Maupay in the last eight on Friday.

“I’ve heard [Maupay] keeps the ball well, a bit like me," he said. "I’m looking forward to it.”

Franceschi reflected: “[It was] two massive mistakes from me. If you’re going to lose you want to lose to the champ, so I want him to go on and win it now.” 

Day 3 results

Diogo Jota (WOL) 8-2 Wilfred Ndidi (LEI) | Report and highlights
Todd Cantwell (NOR) 2-6 Lys Mousset (SHU) | Report and highlights
Neal Maupay (BHA) 4-2 Philip Billing (BOU) | Report and highlights
Josh Franceschi (ARS) 1-3 Dwight McNeil (BUR)

See: ePL Invitational Day 3 recap
See: ePL Invitational Day 2 recap
See: ePL Invitational first-round recap
See: ePL Invitational draw in full

Prize fund to NHS

The prize fund is being donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, created by Premier League players as a collective way of generating funds for the National Health Service and distributing them where they are needed most.

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