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Spain down to one representative after Last 16 – Europa League Round Up

Spain down to one representative after Last 16 – Europa League Round Up

Atletico Madrid eased through to the UEFA Europa League quarter finals on Thursday evening but there was heartbreak for Athletic Bilbao who were knocked out by Marseille.

Atleti led 3-0 from last week’s first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano but manager Diego Simeone still named a strong side for the early kick off in Mosscow.

They went ahead through Angel Correa who worked a bit of space on the right of the box before drilling a low shot across goal into the bottom corner but Lokomotiv did get a goal in the tie just four minutes later when Maciej Rybus smashed a lovely left foot strike beyond Axel Werner from 25 yards out.

Los Colchoneros ran wild in the second half, goal number two coming just two minutes after the restart with Saul Niguez slotting home Filipe Luis’ cutback.

Luis had to go off just after the hour mark injured following a block on Eder’s shot but that didn’t stop Madrid with Fernando Torres scoring number three from the spot after Antoine Griezmann had been brought down by Anton Kochenkov.

Torres got his second five minutes later when he slotted beyond Kochenkov with the pick of the goals coming from Griezmann who chipped the ball over the keeper from 25 yards following good build up play by Correa.

Atletico Madrid: Werner; Juanfran (Vrsaljko, 46), Godin, Gimenez, Luis (Lucas, 62); Saul (Griezmann, 61), Thomas, Gabi, Koke; Correa, Torres

 

A poor opening 20 minutes in France left Athletic Bilbao with it all to do at San Mames as they trailed Marseille 3-1.

They started well enough but fell behind seven minutes from the break from the penalty spot.

Good build up play set up Dimitri Payet to run into the box and despite the attacker already heading toward the ground before he initiated the contact with the grounded Xabier Etxeita, the referee pointed to the spit and Payet stepped up to send Iago Herrerin the wrong way.

Now needing three goals just to make it to extra time, Los Leones had a mountain to climb and that was put beyond them on 52 minutes when Marseille scored again.

Lucas Ocampos was given too much time to cut inside and bend the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Inaki Williams got a goal back when a cross smacked Aritz Aduriz in the face and fell for Williams to poke the ball home but Aduriz was sent off two minutes later for a second yellow as the Basques went crashing out.

Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin; De Marcos, Yeray (Nunez, 44), Etxeita, Lekue; Iturraspe, Benat (Vesga, 79); Williams, Rico (Susaeta, 23), Cordoba; Aduriz