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
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.
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.
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)