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Europa League round up: Arsenal favourites to reach next round

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An inspired first-half performance saw Arsenal take control of their Europa League quarter-final encounter against CSKA Moscow with a 4-1 home win in the first leg, shaping them as favourites to reach the semi-finals.

Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey scored two goals each as the Gunners scored four goals in 26 minutes before half-time, with the latter opening the scoreboard with a side-footed finish.

Although Aleksandr Golovin equalized with a sublime free-kick, French striker Lacazette, who has recovered from a knee injury, made it 2-1 with a penalty after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Georgi Schennikov.

Welsh international Ramsey then produced a brilliant third with an instinctive volleyed flick, with Lacazette added a fourth after being picked out by the outstanding Ozil.

Over at Spain, Koke’s goal after 23 seconds set Europa League favourites Atletico Madrid on their way to a quarter-final win over Sporting Lisbon.

Diego Costa took advantage of a defensive mistake seconds into the game to set Koke up, while Antoine Griezmann added a second after taking advantage of another Sporting error five minutes before half-time.

Atletico, the 2010 and 2012 Europa League winners, have now won their past nine matches at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Serie A giants Lazio also took a big step towards the semi-finals with a dramatic 4-2 win over Red Bull Salzburg, whose 19-game unbeaten run in Europe — and 36-match streak without losing in all competitions — came to an end.

The hosts led after eight minutes through captain Senad Lulic, and although Valon Berisha equalised with a penalty, Marco Parolo backheeled the Serie A side back into the lead just before Takumi Minamino levelled again seconds after coming off the bench.

But Felipe Anderson and Ciro Immobile, who has now scored 37 goals this season, put Lazio in control of the tie with two goals.

Over in Germany, Timo Werner scored the only goal as RB Leipzig beat Marseille 1-0 in a close first leg — leaving them in a precarious position as they travel to France for the second leg next week.

Serie A: fans protest against Holocaust tributes

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Fans of Serie A protested across Italy as they showed their dissatisfaction against tributes towards the Holocaust.

There had been disrepute in the Italian top flight after Lazio supporters were said to have defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Anne Frank wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma.

Frank was the teenager emblematic of Jewish victims during Holocaust, who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) responded towards the incident by announcing plans to observe a minute’s silence and read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before Serie A fixtures mid-week, with Lazio players also training in jerseys with an image of Frank and the words “No to anti-Semitism”.

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions,” the passage read. “And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.”

However, fans across the nation responded severely against the steps taken by FIGC, with the minute of silence observation being turned into applause.

Some supporters brought it further; Juventus fans were seen turning their backs and singing the Italian national anthem while fans at the Roma-Crotone match drowned out the reading with Curva Sud team chants.

Serie A: passages in diary of Anne Frank to be read before games

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The Italian football federation (FIGC) has announced plans to read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before Serie A matches this week following reports of antisemitism behaviour by Lazio fans.

The FIGC has ordered a minute of silence to be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend, with a passage from Frank’s diary entry on 15 July, 1944 being read out over loudspeakers.

Lazio supporters were said to have defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome during Sunday’s Serie A encounter against Cagliari with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Frank, the teenager who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma.

Their actions have been widely condemned since then, with Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito paying a visit to Rome’s main synagogue on Tuesday to lay a wreath to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Lotito also promised a new education campaign culminating in an annual trip to Auschwitz with 200 young fans at a club who has a history of antisemitic behaviour, including a Lazio banner in the city derby nearly 20 years ago aimed at Roma supporters that read: “Auschwitz Is Your Homeland; The Ovens Are Your Homes.”

Additionally, an image of Frank will be put on Lazio’s shirts for Wednesday’s game at Bologna, the club said, to demonstrate their fight against “all forms of racism and antisemitism”.

“The president of SS Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has decided that tomorrow the team will be coming to the stadium at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna with an image of Anne Frank on the Biancoceleste shirt, demonstrating the club’s commitment to fighting all forms of racism and anti-Semitism,” a statement on Lazio’s official website read.


Ciro Immobile hits hat-trick for Lazio for easy win over AC Milan

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Ciro Immobile scored an impressive hat-trick as Lazio thrashed big-spending AC Milan by 4-1 in Serie A.

Italy international Immobile opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before volleying in a superb effort for his second past Gianluigi Donnarumma before half time and completed his triple by converting from close range just three minutes after.

Luis Alberto scuffed home a fourth and Riccardo Montolivo slotted in a consolation for Milan, although Lazio — who lost Marco Parolo to a stoppage-time red card — never looked like relinquishing their vice grip on the full three points.

The win meant that Simone Inzaghi’s men remain unbeaten this season, although result raises questions for AC Milan who, after a takeover by Chinese Investors had spent more than €200 million ahead of the campaign.

A tactical overhaul from Milan boss Vincenzo Montella did allow Riccardo Montolivo to pull his team goal back from distance before the hour, but not even the late dismissal of Parolo could help them save face.

Lazio, on the other hand, looked comfortable and never out of grips in a performance that underlined their ability to challenge the top of the table this season.

Before the game started, there was a delay by an hour after flash floods in Rome, with roads were inundated following heavy rainfall in the city and Metro lines in the Italian capital closed down.

The Stadio Olimpico pitch itself was not an issue as the surface had been covered by sheets on Saturday which prevented any waterlogging, but there were large banks of empty seats inside the stadium as supporters struggled to get to the game as a result of the floods.