Atletico and Arsenal in control in Europa League

Ruben Holloway
April 8, 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side have done "half a job" after a "spectacular" first-half performance saw the Gunners take control of their Europa League quarter-final by demolishing CSKA Moscow in the first leg.

"(Juanfran) will be available for selection for this Thursday's match against Sporting CP in Wanda Metropolitano", the La Liga club said in a statement.

Koke scored after 23 seconds to set Atletico Madrid on their way to a routine 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. Find us on Facebook too!

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Italy's Lazio ended Salzburg's 35-game unbeaten run stretching back to August after the Austrian side were undone by late goals from Anderson and Immobile.

Arsenal were unable to add to their tally in the second half but they will head to Russia's capital for the second leg next Thursday with a commanding lead.

Losing possession seconds after the kick-off, Atleti pressed forward and got their reward in the form of a gift from Sporting defender Sebastian Coates, whose poor pass in the direction of teammate Jeremy Mathieu was intercepted by Diego Costa.

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The striker also scored from the spot on Sunday in a 3-0 victory over Stoke after returning from knee surgery as a substitute.

Following a disappointing season that sees the Gunners occupy sixth place in the English Premier League, way behind the race for one of the four Champions League berths, the Europa League is the club's last chance of a trophy. "We have to go there with the right focus and try to win the game".

The hosts led after eight minutes through captain Senad Lulic, but Valon Berisha equalised with a penalty.

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Germany's Leipzig, playing in European competition for the first time, put themselves in a good position to progress after a Timo Werner goal on the stroke of halftime sank Marseille.

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