Disappointing result arrived for Arsenal on the first leg of their Europa League semifinal battle against Atletico Madrid as Arsene Wenger’s men only managed to draw 1-1 at Emirates Stadium.
Playing at home, Gunners knew that Atletico won’t be an easy opponent, but the host had a numerical advantage for the majority of that tie as their rival got one of their players, sent off after just 10 minutes of play.
The La Liga side found themselves having to play with 10 men for about 80 minutes as Sime Vrsaljko saw red following a dangerous challenge early in that first 45 minutes.
Gunners tried to take advantage over that situation by dominating proceeding, but it was not easy, especially in the first half as Atletico were still able to push forward with their quick counter attacking play.
Wenger’s team did manage to dominate things better after the break and eventually got themselves ahead through Alexandre Lacazette on 61 minutes, but that lead was canceled out on 82 minutes with a goal by Antoine Griezmann.
No more goals were scored on that match as Atleti holding out to that 1-1 result and gear themselves up for the second leg tie in Spain next week.
Meanwhile, the other tie saw French representative, Marseille overcoming Austria’s side, Salzburg, 2-0 with goals coming from Florian Thauving along with Clinton Njie.