UEL Review: Arsenal Survive CSKA Moscow Scare To Seal Semifinal Spot; Atletico, Marseille And Salzburg Also Through

Arsenal have qualified for the semifinal of an European competition for the first time since the 2008/09 season after they saw off CSKA Moscow to secure a UEFA Europa League (UEL) last four place despite suffering a major scare.

The Gunners won the first leg 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium last Thursday before goals from Fyodor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin either side of halftime dragged CSKA Moscow back into the tie.

Arsene Wenger’s side however recovered from the blow of conceding two goals to secure their place in the last four with the draw scheduled for Friday.

The impressive Mohamed Elneny provided goals for Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey late in the second half to rescue a 2-2 draw for Arsenal and an overall 6-3 aggregate win.

Atletico Madrid, Olympique Marseille and RB Salzburg are also through to the last four.

Favourites Atletico lost 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon but they still managed to scale through 2-1 on aggregate having won the first leg 2-0 in Spain.

French side Olympique Marseille thrashed RB Leipzig 5-2 at home for a 5-3 aggregate win having lost 1-0 to the Germans in the away leg while RB Salzburg also thrashed Lazio 4-1 at home for a 6-5 aggregate win thus overcoming a 4-2 deficit from the first leg in Rome.