Atlético de Madrid and Arsenal demonstrate their favoritism in Europa League
French striker Antoine Griezmann (I) converts Atlético de Madrid’s second goal of the 2-0 victory over Sporting de Portugal, in the quarterfinal match of the Europa League played on April 5, 2018 in Madrid
The two big favorites to play the final of the Europa League in Lyon on May 16, Atlético de Madrid and Arsenal, took a big step towards the semifinals on Thursday comfortable advantages against CSKA Moscow and Sporting de Portugal.
The Spanish team won 2-0 at Sporting, with a goal at 22 seconds of Koke’s game and another by Antoine Griezmann before the break (40).
Arsenal, meanwhile, thrashed CSKA 4-1 in a first part of great football and many goals.
The English thrashed through Aaron Ramsey (9 and 28) and French Alexandre Lacazette (23 penalty and 35) and the Russians responded with the goal of Aleksandr Golovin (15).
In the other two heats, Lazio defeated by 4-2 to Salzburg, the third of them marked by the Brazilian Felipe Anderson, and Leipzig defeated by the minimum to Marseille (1-0).
CSKA Moscow defender Georgi Schennikov (C) commits a penalty against Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, in the Europa League quarter-final match played on April 5, 2018 in London
In the Metropolitan Wanda, Atletico, for whom the second continental tournament is the main option to save the season with a title, came out in a whirlwind ready to take the game against a Sporting, who was the victim of his numerous defensive errors and which remains Know what it is to win in Spain in European competitions.
He had barely gotten out of the center, when Diego Costa stole a ball near the area to Uruguayan central defender Sebastian Coates to put a pass filtered Koke, who shot Rui Patricio to overtake the rojiblancos at 22 seconds of play.
After the goal, Atletico expected back to the Lusitanian, but when it seemed that Sporting was more dangerous came the second as much athletic.
Griezmann took advantage of a mistake by his countryman Jeremy Mathieu to take the ball, enter the area and win the hand to hand Rui Patricio (40) to go to halftime with 2-0.
With the passage of minutes, Atlético started to retreat and wait behind to go out on the counterattack, letting Sporting get closer, who more worried about not receiving a third than doing the 2-1, had his last chance at the discount.
After a stop Oblak, the ball was loose in goal and Fredy Montero sent the ball to the clouds (90 + 1), leaving a favorable result for Atletico ahead of the return in Lisbon next Thursday.
– Dost and Coentrao, leave for Lisbon –
For the return, in addition, the Sporting will not be able to count on two of his props, the Dutch goleador Bas Dost and the defense Fabio Coentrao, since both saw cards and were apperceived of sanction.
In the Emirates, for its part, lived a spectacular first half, culminated by the second goal of Ramsey, the fourth of Arsenal, in a great attack action ended with the as much spur Welsh midfielder.
The meeting was surrounded by a great expectation for the diplomatic conflict between Great Britain and Russia over the recent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in south London of which the British government accuses Moscow.
The Russian authorities recommended that fans traveling to London be extremely cautious about the “anti-Russian campaign” in the United Kingdom.
Neither before nor during the match were outstanding incidents. “Like almost all football fans, you wear blinders and you only look at the sporty aspect, victory was the most important thing,” said Barry Dixey of the Independent Arsenal Association of Arsenal.
Lazio also had an outstanding advantage against Salzburg, while the tie between Marseille and Leipzig seems the most even in the face of next week’s return matches.