LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Sporting Lisbon players line up prior to the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Sporting CP at Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Sporting CP’s coach Tiago Fernandes has praised his side’s discipline as they claimed a very unusual Europa League clean sheet away from home at the Emirates against Arsenal to elevate their chances of reaching the knockout stage.

Sporting CP managed not to concede in a Europa League away clash for the first time since September 2011, ending the run of 18 games with Thursday’s goalless draw at the Emirates stadium.

Although majority of the game was one-sided and Sporting CP seemed to be under pressure from Arsenal, Sporting maintained discipline and Fernandes was delighted with his side’s display.

“The players did exactly what I told them to do. In our game plan we know we had to be rigorous and they were almost perfect on that,” Fernandes said via FourFourTwo.

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“We were aware of the opponents quality, but we, knowing our capacity and being creative and aggressive with and without ball, could try to surprise here.”

Sporting CP defender Sebastian Coates was also delighted with the result against Arsenal.

He said: “It was a very hard match against a great side knowing that having a point here would be good for us, although a win was in our minds. With the result of the other match[Qarabag beating Vorskla 1-0], a win in the next one will qualify us, so we have to think game by game”

Arsenal and Sporting top group E with ten and seven points respectively while Qarabag and Vorskla sit at the bottom of the table with three points each.