Arsenal, Athletico, Marseille Reach Europa League Semis

Arsenal, Athletico, Marseille Reach Europa League Semis

Salzburg overturned a 5-2 aggregate deficit to knock out Lazio and progress to the semi-final.

The Gunners join Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Salzburg in the semi-final draw, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, at 11:00 BST on Friday. They scored a second and then had a chance for a third goal and we were a bit on the ropes.

Salzburg then scored three times in five insane minutes through Amadou Haidara, Hee Chan-hwang and Stefan Lainer to claim a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory and become the first Austrian side into a European semi-final since 1996. "I think we missed a bit of movement to be available for our team-mates, we didn't win the duels, so it was hard".

The Amernia worldwide suffered a knee injury during the Gunners' 4-1 first-leg victory over CSKA Moscow on April 5 and has not featured for the club since.

They did just that five minutes after the restart when Kirill Nababkin made it 2-0 to put Arsenal hearts in mouths, not least those of the 100 or so to have traveled from London, perched in the high corner of VEB Arena.

The evening started badly for the French club as Bruma swept home for the visitors inside two minutes, leaving Marseille needing three goals to turn the tie around.

Arsenal are in Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their Europa League clash
Arsenal are in Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their Europa League clash

The home side were dealt a blow when the creative Alan Dzagoev was forced off with injury 38 minutes in, but they were given some hope in the tie barely 90 seconds later.

CSKA's fans, hundreds of whom watched shirtless from behind the goal, roared on their team but Danny Welbeck's well-taken goal calmed Arsenal's nerves.

Leipzig poured forward looking for the decisive away goal but Marseille's Hiroki Sakai broke clear in stoppage time to wrap up the victory, firing into an empty net after Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi had gone forward for a corner.

- Arsenal have reached their first major European semi-final since 2008-09, when they did so in the Champions League. Extra-time magic by Aaron Ramsey in the 92nd minute sealed the equalizer for the gunners.

"You could see in Europe a lot of turnovers".

The draw will be conducted by former Barcelona and Lyon defender Eric Abidal, who is UEFA's ambassador for the Europa League final to be played May 16 at the Stade de Lyon.


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