Arsenal and Atletico Madrid escape to advance to Europa League semis

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid escape to advance to Europa League semis

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid escape to advance to Europa League semis

The Gunners were boasting a 4-1 lead from the opening leg but found themselves deservedly behind on the night as Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin pounced on Petr Cech parries to put the hosts within touching distance of an unlikely turnaround. They scored a second and then had a chance for a third goal and we were a bit on the ropes.

It finished 6-3 on aggregate with Wenger's side now preparing to face either Atletico Madrid, RB Salzburg or Marseille in the next round. "We missed a lot of movement, to be available for our team-mates".

CSKA boss Viktor Goncharenko felt his side's recent fixture pile-up played a big part in his players being unable to sustain the high tempo that had frightened the life out of their visitors in the first half.

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The midfielder was forced off on a stretcher in the first half of the match but managed to complete the game.

Arsenal beat CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate in the quarterfinal of the Europa League.

Yet the tie was soon level as Stefan Ilsanker scored an own goal and Bouna Sarr added a second before Florian Thauvin's effort gave Marseille an aggregate lead prior to half-time.

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Jean-Kevin Augustin's superb curled finish turned the tie in Leipzig's favour again in the 55th minute but Payet's magical shot into the top corner with the outside of his right foot on the hour sent the home fans in the 60,000 sell-out crowd wild.

Arsenal reached a European semi-final for the first time since 2008-09, when they lost to Manchester United in the Champions League last four.

But Arsenal eased the tension in the latter stages courtesy of strikes from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey, as the north Londoners - who will qualify for next season's Champions League if they win the tournament - reached their first European semi-final in nine years, the draw for which takes place today.

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The UEFA Europa League draw will be held on Friday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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