Arsenal 4-1 CSKA: Lacazette & Ramsey each get two
Arsenal will be unhappy to have conceded at home but go into leg two with a more than comfortable lead over CSKA Moscow.
Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette both scored twice asA�ArsenalA�opened their Europa League quarterfinal with a commanding 4-1 home win overA�CSKA MoscowA�on Thursday.
Two minutes after having a goal ruled out for offside, Ramsey finished off a fine team move to net Arsenal’s opener in the ninth minute with a first time shot from 10 yards.
But CSKA hit back as Aleksandr Golovin, the 21-year-old who in the past has been linked with a potential move to Arsenal, spectacularly dipped a free kick over the Arsenal wall and into the net for the equaliser on the quarter hour.
Ahmed Musa almost put the Russian side ahead almost immediately but scuffed his shot, and seven minutes Arsenal were back in front as Lacazette converted a penalty following Georgi Schennikov’s foul on Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal then promptly made it 3-1 when Ramsey stayed onside to receive Ozil’s pass and send it past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with an acrobatic flick, and soon after Ozil cut the ball back for Lacazette to add a fourth goal in the 35th minute.
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Sporting: Atleti in cruise control
Goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Mardid a comfortable first-leg victory against visitors Sporting CP.
Atletico MadridA�scored in the opening minute and cruised to a 2-0 victory overA�Sporting LisbonA�in their quarterfinal first leg.
The competition’s favourites got first-half goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann, giving the Portuguse club a steep hill to climb in Lisbon next week.
Diego Simeone’s side were off and running after just 25 seconds when a giveaway from the Sporting back line eventually fell to Diego Costa who played in Koke to beat a sprawling Rui PatrA�cio from close range.
Griezmann then capped a straightforward victory five minutes before the break when he coolly beat Patricio at the near post after a Sporting defender played a through ball into the France international’s path.
Lazio 4-2 Salzburg: Goalfest in Rome
Lazio finished out their quarterfinal home-leg scoring four, but conceded two away goals to FC Salzburg at the Stadio Olimpico.
LazioA�also prevailed at home, earning a 4-2 win overA�SalzburgA�in an entertaining affair in Rome.
Dusan Basta sent in a low cross that Ciro Immobile missed, but it worked out as a dummy as Senad Lulic was well-placed behind him to slot in the opener, though Valon Berisha equalised for the Austrian club from the penalty spot.
Lazio were back on top early in the second half through Marco Parolo’s fine backheeled shot, but again Salzburg answered as Takumi Minamino scored soon after coming on.
But the Serie A side were able to gain control after Felipe Anderson raced past four defenders to score an individual goal in the 74th minute, and Immobile added a fourth moments later.
Timo Werner lifts Leipzig to first-leg victory
Timo Werner netted the lone goal of the game following a frenetic counterattack to give Leipzig the advantage heading back to Marseille.
Timo Werner scored the only goal asA�RB LeipzigA�managed a 1-0 victory at home overA�Marseille.
The breakthrough came on a counter-attack in first-half stoppage time as Werner cut inside around a helpless Boubacar Kamara, then beat Yohann Pele at his near post.