The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Griezmann punishes Gunners with late equaliser
ARSENAL 1 ATLETICOMADRID 1
Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid’s rearguard action salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Emirates.
The visitors were on the back foot for almost the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow cards in the first 10 minutes.
Their defence survived unscathed to half-time with Alexandre Lacazette clipping the post with a halfvolley in the hosts’ best chance.
Lacazette nodded in Jack Wilshere’s cross just after the hour to apparently edge the Gunners closer to a Europa League final send-off for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.
But with eight minutes remaining Griezmann latched onto a long ball forward, shrugged off Laurent Koscielny and stabbed into the net at the second attempt to swing the momentum Atletico’s way.
In the other semifinal tie, former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet was the star of the show as Marseille defeated RB Salzburg 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome.
The Frenchman set up both goals, with former Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin heading in Payet’s 15thminute free kick for his 22nd goal in all competitions this season.
Ex-Spurs player Clinton Njie then drove home from Payet’s pass for the hosts’ second goal on 63 minutes meaning the French Ligue 1 side takes a comfortable lead into the next Thursday’s second leg in Austria.