Diego Costa has ended Arsenal’s double hopes, first to win the Europa and then play in the Champions league next season and secondly to salvage their dismal performance for this season in the EPL, where they are sixth on the table and may struggle to stay so because a slip would mean a lost chance to play in Europe, with perhaps some of the players departing after Arsene Wenger’s final exit in a few weeks time.
Diego’s 45+2 mins goal was all it took for the home side to keep the hard pressing Arsenal at bay. They won on 2-1 aggregate, having secured draw at the Emirate Stadium last week. It must have been the saddest day for Arsene Wenger who will soon depart the club with no silverware ‘bye winning’ at any of the contest ‘his’ club took part in this season.
Marseille shambolic defence almost allowed Salzburg to secure a deserved away three goals to seal the Europe dream of the French side as the visitors scored two unreplied goals to push the game into extra time. Amadou Haidara’s poked effort and a Bouna Sarr own goal were the only two goals until extra time following the host’s 2-0 victory in the first leg. Rolando’s 116 goal for Marseille saved the day, ending the thrilling encounter 3-2 on aggregate. Marseille will meat Atletico Madrid in the finals Lyon, May 16.