EUROPA LEAGUE: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 ARSENAL

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa scores the only goal of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain

EUROPA LEAGUE: ATLETICO MADRID DEFEAT ARSENAL - Atletico 1-0 Arsenal (agg: 2-1) (Costa 45+2)

Diego Costa strike ends Arsenal’s bid for European glory

“I’m very positive, I believe in the team and I have a certainty that we will give everything we have in the tank tonight. We will take responsibility to build the game. We have to take the game to them and we know they will try to hit us on the break. But the only way to score is to play with the handbrake off,” said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before the match.

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Atletico Madrid's No.1 goalkeeper Jan Oblak gets credit for another clean sheet

However, Arsenal was eliminated in the Europa League semis by Atletico Madrid. The Gunners Champions League hopes are gone along with any hope for Arsenal of finishing in the top four of the England Premier League Table. It will be a tough end to Arsene Wenger's tenure at the Emirates as he retires at the end of the season.

Giant Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid is through to the Europa League final, and Arsenal's hopes of winning the Europa League Cup in order to secure a Champions League spot next season have vanished. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Emirates a week ago, it was a Diego Costa goal late in the first half that sent the Spanish team through with a 1-0 victory. Atletico will battle Marseille in the final after the French club scored an extra-time goal at Red Bull Salzburg to go through 3-2 on aggregate. In a match that saw both teams with plenty of opportunities to score, Costa took his great chance off a fine ball from Antoine Griezmann just before the break. The victory was deserved by Diego Simeone's side, as the manager watched the match from the stands due to suspension. But for Arsenal, it's a defeat that really hurts, ending their goal of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It will be a new era at Arsenal next season with Arsene Wenger stepping down, and the team is currently on track to qualify for next season's Europa League while looking for their new manager.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal were dumped out of the Europa League by Chelsea star Diego Costa who scored the only goal of the match just before half-time following a mix up in the Arsenal defense. The Gunners rallied in the second half but couldn’t find an elusive equaliser. Speaking after the game, Wenger who is leaving Arsenal after 22 years talked about the loss and his feelings.

"It was a similar game to what we had in the first leg,” said Wenger. “The dangerous situations we created were there but we missed something in both boxes. We played a good team and good luck to them in the final but we feel we did enough to go through. We didn’t manage the important moments of either game well. We were 1-0 up with ten minutes to go at home, and then we conceded a stupid goal. Tonight we looked OK and then conceded on the counter-attack. The suffering is tough tonight. Atletico played with fear in the first half that if we score they could be out, but once they scored they played with a cushion. We lost possession and Diego Costa is one of the best strikers in the world. It is very very sad but unfortunately, you have to go through this in our game. It can be very cruel but sometimes it is nice. The suffering is tough tonight."

After hosting Burnley on Sunday, Wenger’s men face Leicester next Wednesday before an away game at Huddersfield to finish their season.

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa

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Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's French defender Lucas Hernandez, Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez, Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas, Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Fernando Torres, (L-R) Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Augusto Fernandez, Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Koke and Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira-Carrasc

Europa League Semifinals Squads for Atletico Madrid v Arsenal

Atletico: Oblak; Partey, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas; Vitolo, Saul, Gabi, Koke; Costa, Griezmann. Subs: Werner, Filipe Luis, Savic, Olabe, Torres, Correa, Gameiro

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere; Welbeck, Ozil; Lacazette Subs: Cech, Iwobi, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nketiah, Mkhitaryan

Referee: G Rocchi (Italy)

“I came out of the first game with huge frustration and also with belief that we created so many chances that we have a good opportunity to go away and do the same again. We can score against any team in the world if we play well, “ said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the game.

Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg

Atletico Madrid side celebrates victory against Arsenal in Europa League semifinal

   

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Europa League Semifinals Results, Tickets

Atletico 1, Arsenal 0 (2-1)
Marseille 0, RB Salzburg 1 (2-1)

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MANCHESTER UNITED WIN EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI FINAL

Marouane Fellaini scored Man United's lone goal in Thursday's Europa League 1-1 draw v Celta Vigo.

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Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo (2-1 agg.)

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Manchester United's 1-1 Europa League semi-final second-leg draw with Spanish side Celta Vigo (2-1 agg) at Old Trafford on Thursday sees the titan English side advance to the Europa League Final.

On target for manager Jose Mourinho’s plan, Manchester United is one win away from qualifying for the Champions League. United, who progressed 2-1 on aggregate, were only seconds from being knocked out, but John Guidetti missed an easy chance for Celta Vigo in the final minute of stoppage time, both teams having been reduced to 10 men following red cards for Eric Bailly and Facundo Roncaglia after a late clash.

Bailly's dismissal, for lashing out at Guidetti, means he will miss the final against Ajax in Stockholm, leaving Manchester United without their best defender in a crucial game they must win in order to qualify for next season's Champions League tournament. Marcos Rojo will also miss the final due to a cruciate ligament injury. Bailly's absence will leave a huge hole in the Reds back four. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who have both been subjected to stinging criticism from Red boss Jose Mourinho in recent weeks, will compete for the right to partner with Daley Blind.

United will face Ajax in the Europa League final after a narrow win in Spain on Thursday, followed by a hard fought 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Ajax are weak at the back and have not gotten a win on the road in Europe for six games. The Europa League Final promises to be an exciting night in Stockholm for Manchester United and Ajax fans.

Marouane Fellaini came through as a hero with his crucial header sending his side through. Fellaini has prospered and improved under Mourinho’s wing, and the Belgian midfielder with big hair repaid his manager's faith in him with a crucial first-half goal against Celta Vigo that put United in control of this Europa League semifinal. Fellaini who was sent off for head-butting Manchester City's superstar striker Sergio Aguero last month is becoming a man for the big occasion; today’s goal against Celta was his third in semifinals for United. When Jose Mourinho selects Fellaini, the Reds lose the ability to control the midfield as the former Everton man is often picked ahead of Michael Carrick alongside Ander Herrera. When Mourinho goes with Carrick, United seem to control the passing and tempo of the game better.

Against Ajax in the Europa League final later this month, United will again face a team confident in possession, so Mourinho has a big choice to make – whether to go with Carrick's experience or is Fellaini's goal scoring potential. It is a big call and one that could decide whether United win in Stockholm or come back empty-handed.

The Europa League’s upcoming clash between giant clubs Manchester United and Ajax in the final in Stockholm will boost the competition's apeal. On May 24, Stockholm will see two clubs with 10 major European trophies between them battle it out for glory and silverware in the Friends Arena.

Ajax have already secured Champions League qualification for next season through by winning the Dutch Eredivisie league title this season, so they will travel to Sweden without the added pressure. Ajax are a titan club with a glittering tradition and will go head to head with Man United with the belief and winning mentality that comes from being one of Europe's most successful clubs.

If United win the final against Ajax, they will be back in the Champions League and will join Peter Bosz's Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Chelsea as the only clubs to win all of UEFA's major trophies: the European Cup, which was replaced by the Champions League; the Cup Winners' Cup, which is now defunct; the Super Cup; and the UEFA Cup, which was replaced by the Europa League.

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Marouane Fellaini scored Man United's lone goal in Thursday's Europa League 1-1 draw v Celta Vigo.

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Europa League Round of 32 and Round of 16 Draws

The top two teams from each of the groups, which concluded on Thursday, have earned their places, including two sides that managed maximum points, FC Salzburg and two-time UEFA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur FC, plus NK Maribor, the first Slovenian team to make it in European club competition.

Those 24 clubs are joined by the eight third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League, including former European Cup winners SL Benfica, AFC Ajax, FC Porto and Juventus, whose home stadium stages the final in Turin on 14 May.

The draws for the round of 32 and round of 16 take place in Nyon.

There will be two pots for the round of 32 draw: the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage are seeded. They will be drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed UEFA Champions League sides. No team can play a club from their group or a side from the same association. Games will be played on 20 and 27 February.

The round of 16 draw, made immediately afterwards, will be completely open with 16 balls containing 'winners of match 1' to 'winners of match 16'. Ties are played 13 and 20 March.

Seeded Clubs

Valencia CF (ESP, Group A)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL, B)
FC Salzburg (AUT, C)
FC Rubin Kazan (RUS, D)
ACF Fiorentina (ITA, E)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER, F)
KRC Genk (BEL, G)
Sevilla FC (ESP, H)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA, I)
Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR, J)
Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG, K)
AZ Alkmaar (NED, L)
SSC Napoli (ITA)*
SL Benfica (POR)*
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)*
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)*

Unseeded Clubs

Swansea City AFC (ENG, Group A)
FC Chornomorets Odesa (UKR, B)
Esbjerg fB (DEN, C)
NK Maribor (SVN, D)
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR, E)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR, F)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR, G)
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE, H)
Real Betis Balompié (ESP, I)
SS Lazio (ITA, J)
FC Anji Makhachkala (RUS, K)
PAOK FC (GRE, L)
AFC Ajax (NED)*
Juventus (ITA)*
FC Porto (POR)*
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)

*Transferred from the UEFA Champions League

Europa League Schedule

Quarter-finals: Draw 21 March, matches 3 & 10 April
Semi-finals: Draw 11 April, matches 24 April & 1 May
Final: Wednesday 14 May, Juventus Arena

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Previous Winners This Season

March
Manager: David Moyes (Everton)
Player: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

February 
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur)
Players: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

January 
Manager: Brian McDermott (Reading)
Player: Adam Le Fondre (Reading)

December
Manager: Martin O'Neill (Sunderland)
Player: Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

November 
Manager: Steve Clarke (West Bromwich Albion)
Player: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

October
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Player: Juan Mata (Chelsea)

September 
Manager: David Moyes (Everton)
Player: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)

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