36′ – Fernando Torres doesn’t celebrate the opening goal – A great run from Willian opened up Atlético’s defense, the former Colchonero reaped the rewards. Finishing off an Atleti defender, Torres declined to celebrate against his former club, even though his goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead.
44′ – Adrían López gives Atlético an away goal – Chelsea only had eight minutes to enjoy its lead before the Blues were down on away goals, with Adrían’s bounced finish at the left post putting the visitors in front. With Tiago starting the movement by finding Koke at the opposite post, however, Eden Hazard was the play’s goat, with Atlético able to find its midfielder by himself to set up Adrían’s goal.
59′ – Samuel Eto’o takes down Diego Costa – It was clumsy and absent-minded more than malicious, but it was a foul all the same. Taking down Costa while vying for a ball just inside the Chelsea area, Eto’o, having just come on five minutes earlier, allowed Atlético to go in front. Beating Schwarzer high, Costa’s eighth goal in as many Champions League games made it 2-1.
64′ – David Luiz nails the post – A quick response would have brought the Blues even before the dynamics of the game changed. Five minutes after Costa’s goal, Luiz nearly gave his team that equalizer, heading a Willian restart off the left post from 12 yards out. It was the second time in the half a set piece nearly came good for the Blues, with John Terry having tested Thibaut Courtois earlier in the half.
72′ – Arda Turan puts it away – Mimicking their opener, Atleti again took advantage of Eden Hazard, sending Juanfran behind the Chelsea star ahead of the game’s final goal. Playing a ball across the penalty area, the Atlético right back found Turan to the left of goal, who put home the rebound of his first try to give Atlético its final margin of victory.
After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.
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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.
There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.
Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.
MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.
Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.
Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.
The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.
Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.
Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.
Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.
Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.
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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:
“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.
“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.
“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”
With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.
The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:
Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.
The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.
There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.