Europa League Preview: Atletico Madrid v Sporting CP

Marsha Scott
April 9, 2018

Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey scored two goals each as the Gunners hit four in 26 minutes before half-time.

Koke's goal after 23 seconds set Europa League favourites Atletico Madrid on their way to a quarter-final first-leg on over Sporting Lisbon. Arsenal the whole match, tormented the defence of the Russian club and has naturally achieved a crushing victory.

Ramsey fired Arsenal ahead before Golovin equalised with an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 25 metres. "I am happy to have started the scoring, helping the team.

We did a great collective job, I think one of the best jobs this season". 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.

"We are going to put our hearts into it and play to win, to distance ourselves even more from third place and to be expectant of what Barcelona are doing".

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Atletico, second in Spain's La Liga, extended their winning home streak in all competitions to nine games after Koke scored inside the opening 30 seconds and Antoine Griezmann added the second shortly before halftime.

Abuser Dynamo Kyiv, Lazio thanks to a shock cut in the second half with two goals in Rome beat RB Salzburg.

Takumi Minamino made it 2-2 as adventurous Salzburg looked like causing an upset before Anderson and Immobile struck in quick succession. It's true that 2-0 is an important score but we need to play the second leg the same way we played here today.

In contrast to the other three matches, Leipzig's breakthrough against Marseille came at the end of the first half, through Timo Werner's fourth goal of this #UEL spring campaign.

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