Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille on Thursday in the heenwedstrijden in the semi-finals of the Europa League is a big step towards the finals, thanks to, respectively, a 1-1 tie on a visit to Arsenal and a 2-0 victory in their own home against Red Bull Salzburg.
Atletico stood up against Arsenal within ten minutes with a man less on the field after a red card for Sime Vrsaljko, who twice yellow received after just as often a hard offense to have been committed.
Trainer Diego Simeone, the Spanish top club was a few minutes later a spot on the bleachers to look for repeated comments on the French referee Clement Turpin.
Arsenal had, by far, the parent party and had through Alexandre Lacazette was also on a large lead, but the striker struck with a shot distance to the outside of the post and saw a header turned by the preeminent goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The home team showed itself, however, was not convinced and continued opportunities together thread, but also that were not spent on Danny Welbeck (eye-to-eye with Oblak) and Nacho Monreal (attempt from a difficult angle just next).
Atletico could in the first half but very little. Only Antoine Griezmann founded to two times danger, but both times came up keeper David Ospina as the winner of the fight.
Arsenal went into the second half, and further with which it was preserved, and that resulted after a half hour in the deserved 1-0 of Lacazette. The aanvalsleider headlined clever touch from a cross from his Manager.
Interestingly enough, it was Atletico which makes it a little bit shaken up, and that led in the 82nd minute in the second half by Antoine Griezmann, who took advantage of slipping of Shkodran Mustafi and are losing the ball at the still in strong position largely goedmaakte.
The returns of both semi-finals are next week on Thursday from 21.05 hours finished. The final is on Wednesday, may 16 at 20.45 hours at the program in Lyon.