Koke, Griezmann Score in Atletico Madrid's UEL 1st Leg Win Over Sporting

Koke, Griezmann Score in Atletico Madrid's UEL 1st Leg Win Over Sporting

Under pressure to win the continent's second-tier competition as the likeliest route to Champions League football next season, Arsenal beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 with a blistering first-half performance.

Atletico, the Europa League victor in 2010 and 2012, showed Sporting no mercy.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey and France striker Alexandre Lacazette scored two goals each for Arsenal, cancelling out a superb free kick by CSKA's midfielder Aleksandr Golovin at the Emirates stadium. Arsenal the whole match, tormented the defence of the Russian club and has naturally achieved a crushing victory.

Diego Simeone's side saw out the game from there, and will expect to complete progress to the last four in next Thursday's second leg in the Portuguese capital - especially as Sporting's Fabio Coentrao and Bas Dost are now suspended.

"I'm very happy about that".

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

Koke put his side ahead on just 22 seconds, slotting home after Diego Costa robbed dawdling Sporting defender Sebastian Coates.

"We knew it was important to play a good game, and not concede", he said.

The home side doubled their advantage on the night and in the tie shortly before half-time, courtesy of another error from Sporting. Two goals in three second-half minutes, from Felipe Anderson and Ciro Immobile, eventually cost Salzburg their 35-game unbeaten run.

Marco Parolo scored the game's most eye-catching goal with a cheeky back-heel to give Lazio a 2-1 lead after a Valon Berisha penalty had cancelled out Senad Lulic's opener in Rome.

RB Leipzig in a match with "Marseilles" for the first time in its short history has kept his goal intact, and the only goal, Timo Werner brought the Germans to the semifinals.

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