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Arsenal face Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-final

Press Trust of India  |  Nyon (Switzerland) 

Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the in a mouth-watering clash of two big clubs that have taken a backseat in their domestic leagues in recent years.

will play FC Salzburg, the club backed by Red Bull, in the other semi-final.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal will play the first leg at the against Atletico, led by French striker Antoine Griezmann, who are favourites to win the competition for the third time.

The first legs will take place on April 26 with the second on May 3.

Arsenal reached the last four after surviving a scare against CSKA in

Thursday's quarter-final second leg in the Russian capital.

and both scored late in the game for Arsenal to calm nerves after CSKA had raced into a 2-0 lead on the night. The side won 6-3 on aggregate.

Atletico lost 1-0 to Sporting in on Thursday but advanced 2-1 on aggregate. overcame a first-leg deficit to beat German side 5-3 over two legs in their quarter-final, while 1994 finalists Salzburg produced the shock result of the night by defeating Italian side 4-1 at home to win 6-5 on aggregate.

Salzburg have already beaten once in the competition this season, a 1-0 victory in The teams also drew 0-0 at the Velodrome.

"But this time it's the semi-final so it'll be different," told IN

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 17:30 IST
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