Europa League: Atletico Madrid top Sporting 2-0 in quarters

  • Europa League: Atletico Madrid top Sporting 2-0 in quarters

Europa League: Atletico Madrid top Sporting 2-0 in quarters

"I'm going to continue at Atletico", he told reports after his side's Europa League win over Sporting Lisbon.

The Spain worldwide has since sat out LaLiga fixtures against Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna but returned to training with the first-team squad earlier this week.

Atletico Madrid goal scorer Koke admitted that it was "normal" for his team to be seen as favourites for this season's Europa League - after Thursday evening's 2-0 quarterfinal first-leg victory over Sporting Lisbon.

The defender's return is timely with fellow full-back Sime Vrsaljko not included in Simeone's 18-man squad.

Played the first matches of the 1/4 finals of the Europa League.

After a good move in the ninth minute, Hector Bellerin collected the ball on the right before sending in a low cross for Aaron Ramsey to score.

Diego Simeone's side saw out the game from there, and will expect to complete progress to the last four in next Thursday's second leg in the Portuguese capital - especially as Sporting's Fabio Coentrao and Bas Dost are now suspended.

"We know it will be hard in Russian Federation, but we have put ourselves in a good position". If we had to play against Bayern Munich they would say it's an impossible game but if it was against Astana they would say it's easy, but the truth is you have to play every game and we always try to do our best to qualify for the next rounds.

Salzburg had not lost a game since a 1-0 defeat at Sturm Graz in the Austrian league on Aug 27 but Lazio captain Senad Lulic put his team ahead after eight minutes.

Marco Parolo backheeled the Serie A side back into the lead before Takumi Minamino levelled seconds after coming off the bench.

The Italian club was not to be denied, though, as substitute Felipe Anderson and Ciro Immobile added two late goals.