Tough draw for Arsenal tempered by Diego Costa blow for Atletico Madrid

Faith Castro
April 15, 2018

In addition to the Champions League semifinal draw on Friday, the Europa League semi draw also took place with the two biggest contenders remaining in the cup facing off in the semifinals.

On the match itself, Koke added: "We had difficulties because the opponent played a great game, especially in the first half, but we are happy with the qualification for the semi-finals".

"Obviously it will be very important for the club to finish the season with a European success and most importantly, if we can book the spot in the Champions League for next season".

The Gunners booked their place in the final four with a nervy 6-3 aggregate win over CSKA Moscow on Thursday evening, drawing 2-2 on the night in Russian Federation.

Atlético lost 1-0 to Sporting in Lisbon on Thursday but advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

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But Simeone was delighted with his side's efforts to scrape through to the last four, as they look to reach a fifth European final in nine years.

Diego Simeone's side are now second in LaLiga behind runaway leaders Barcelona.

"We live with the reality, and that is the Europa League".

Spanish football expert Balague believes that Bayern Munich are the current favourites to win the Champions League this season and warned Liverpool FC not to underestimate the threat posed by AS Roma in the last four. They are in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga, but the victor only gets a spot in the Champions League playoffs.

Meanwhile, Marseille progressed after dumping RB Leipzig out of the competition, winning the tie 5-3 on aggregate.

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