Salzburg stun Lazio as Marseille, Arsenal and Atletico reach Europa semis

Friday, 2018-04-13 00:43:03
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Salzburg forced Lazio into a second-half capitulation as the Italians crashed out in the Europa League quarter-finals after losing 4-1 but Olympique de Marseille staged a thrilling fightback to see off visitors Leipzig 5-2 on April 13.

Arsenal also reached the semi-finals after recovering from a wobble to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow and progress 6-3 on aggregate, while favourites Atletico Madrid reached the last four after losing 1-0 at Sporting to go through 2-1 over the two legs.

Lazio, who are third in Serie A, led 4-2 from the first leg in Rome and increased their advantage when Ciro Immobile scored his eighth goal in this season's competition in the 55th minute but Salzburg equalised a minute later through Munas Dabbur.

With 19 minutes remaining Lazio still led 5-3 on aggregate but Salzburg scored three times in five crazy minutes through Amadou Haidara, Hee Chan-hwang and Stefan Lainer to claim a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory.

They are the first Austrian side to reach a European semi-final since 1996 and are now unbeaten in 25 home games in all competitions this season.

Former European champions Marseille found themselves 2-0 down on aggregate inside two minutes at the Stade Velodrome in the south of France when Leipzig's Bruma silenced the home crowd but they recovered to secure a 5-3 aggregate win.

Arsenal took a commanding 4-1 lead to Moscow but trailed to goals from CSKA's Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin and looked in danger of throwing away their advantage.

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. Aaron Ramsey scored in stoppage time to complete the comeback for the Gunners.

Sporting made Diego Simeone's Atletico side suffer in the Portuguese capital where Fredy Montero's 28th minute goal halved the Spanish club's first-leg lead.

However, Atletico held on to progress on aggregate after their striker Antoine Griezmann missed a hatful of chances and will take their place in Friday's semi-final draw.

Reuters