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Europa League: Arsenal FC face CSKA Moscow, Atletico Madrid handed tricky draw

Arsenal will take on Russians CSKA Moscow in an eye-catching Europa League quarter-final drawn in Nyon on Friday as an all Iberian pairs Atletico Madrid against Sporting Lisbon.

football Updated: Mar 16, 2018 18:20 IST
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Arsenal FC will face CSKA Moscow in their Europa League quarterfinal encounter.
Arsenal FC will face CSKA Moscow in their Europa League quarterfinal encounter.(REUTERS)

Europa League favourites Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have been kept apart in the quarter-finals, having been drawn against CSKA Moscow and Sporting CP respectively.

Arsene Wenger’s side thrashed AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16, sending out a real statement to all those left in the competition.

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Atletico enjoyed a similarly straightforward passage, with their 5-1 second-leg win away at Lokomotiv Moscow wrapping up an emphatic 8-1 triumph.

Both sides will expect tough ties, particularly given the lengthy journey to Moscow facing Arsenal, but they and Atletico will still be expected to progress.

RB Leipzig are enjoying a strong showing in their maiden season in European football and will come up against stalwarts Marseille, who beat Athletic Bilbao 5-2 over two legs.

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And Borussia Dortmund’s conquerors Red Bull Salzburg will take on Lazio, who could be considered dark horses given their position of fourth in Serie A.

The first-leg matches will take place on April 5, with the return games scheduled for a week later.

Here’s a look at all the Europa League quarterfinal fixtures -

RB Leipzig (Germany) vs. Marseille (France)

Arsenal (England) vs. CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs. Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)

Lazio (Italy) vs. Salzburg (Austria)