Arsenal earn critical Europa win at AC Milan; Dortmund lose at home

Arsenal took a major step towards reaching the Europa League quarterfinals by winning 2-0 in their round-of-16 first leg at AC Milan on Thursday.

Milan came into the match having gone 13 consecutive matches unbeaten, while the Gunners had won just once in their last five in all competitions, but it was Arsene Wenger’s side who used first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey to silence the crowd at the San Siro.

Mkhitaryan opened the scoring with his first Arsenal goal on 15 minutes when he settled a Mesut Ozil pass, cut inside and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma after his right-footed shot deflected off a defender inside the box.

Arsenal looked dangerous going forward throughout the remainder of first half and they deservedly added their second with the last action before the break through Ramsey, who received a through ball from Ozil down the right channel, calmly rounded Donnarumma and slotted into the empty net.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of advancing are in jeopardy following a 2-1 home defeat to

Salzburg.

The Austrian side were in control at the Westfalenstadion, hitting the post while also seeing a shot cleared off the line late in the first half.

However, Salzburg’s 49th-minute breakthrough come via a controversial Valon Berisha penalty that was given after Omer Toprak brought down Hee-Chan Hwang near the endline, though the contact appeared to occur outside the box.

And Salzburg soon doubled their lead when Stefan Lainer cut the ball back through the 18-yard box for Berisha to lash home his second.

Dortmund brought on Christian Pulisic after the hour mark, and the U.S. teenager made an immediate impact, racing towards goal and delivering a cross for Andre Schurrle to tap in from close range to supply a lifeline ahead of the second leg.

Atletico Madrid grabbed the advantage over

Lokomotiv Moscow by earning a 3-0 victory in their home leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Midway through the first half, the Russian club allowed Saul to have entirely too much space and he made them pay with a 30-yard rocket for the opening goal.

It was nearly 2-0 soon after when Antoine Griezmann refused to give up on a long ball forward and took it off the foot of goalkeeper Guilherme near the sideline, but he could not place his shot in the empty net from about 40 yards.

The second goal came two minutes into the second half as Saul played in Griezmann, whose low shot was stopped by a diving save Guilherme, but the goalkeeper could only parry it into path of Costa.

And with time winding down, Atletico added a third as Juanfran cut back a cross into the box that fell for Koke to lash into the net.

Lyon secured a 1-0 win away to CSKA Moscow

as Marcelo scored in the second half.

Memphis Depay nearly found the opener from a free kick on the hour mark, only to be denied by a fine diving save from Igor Akinfeev.

But eight minutes later, Marcelo rose highest follwing a Memphis corner kick to give his side the edge ahead of the return leg in France.

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