Atletico and Arsenal end 1-1 in Europa semifinal
LONDON, April 26, 2018 — Antoine Griezmann scored late for 10-man Atletico Madrid to draw at Arsenal 1-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
Griezmann's 82nd-minute equalizer following some clumsy defending from Laurent Koscielny was against the run of play but was reward for the team's stout defending in the aftermath of Sime Vrsaljko's early sending off. With the away goal, Atletico has to be considered the favorite to progress to the final on May 16 in the French city of Lyon.
The second leg is in the Spanish capital next Thursday. The winner looks like it will play Marseille, which beat Salzburg 2-0 in their first leg with goals from Florian Thauvin and Clinton N'Jie.