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Europa League round-up: Diego Costa helps Atletico derail Lokomotiv while Salzburg stun Dortmund

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WHILE Arsenal took a giant leap towards the Europa League quarter-finals in Milan, the battle for the remaining seven places took shape.

After a 2-0 away win, Gunners fans could be forgiven for casting an eye on their potential opponents – check out how the competition is shaping up below.

Diego Costa celebrates doubling the Atletico lead as they took a commanding position in their Europa League last-16 tie

Atletico Madrid 3 Lokomotiv 0

SAUL NIGUEZ, Diego Costa and Koke put Diego Simeone’s men on course for the quarter-finals – despite the two-time Europa League champions being below their best.

Saul’s stunning top-corner opener contrasted with the rest of a muted first half.

Then Costa tucked in a second-half rebound after Brazilian-born Russia keeper Guilherme Marinato kept out Antoine Griezmann‘s effort.

Finally, Koke planted home Juanfran’s last-minute cutback to leave the Spaniards strong favourites for the second leg against the Russian Premier League leaders.

Borussia Dortmund 1 RB Salzburg 2

VALON BERISHA’S double sent Peter Stoger to a shock first home loss as Dortmund boss – as the Austrian visitors took their unbeaten away run in Europe to 10 games.

Valon Berisha downed Dortmund with a double as Salzburg shone away again
Valon Berisha downed Dortmund with a double as Salzburg shone away again
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Salzburg edged a goalless opening half before Berisha drilled home a penalty after Omer Toprak fouled Hwang Hee-chan.

Midfielder Berisha made it 2-0 on 56 minutes with a fierce first-time drive from Stefan Lainer’s centre.

Former Chelsea wideman Andre Schurrle soon poached third-placed Bundesliga side Dortmund back into contention from close range.

But Salzburg held on to stay in a strong position to reach the last eight.

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CSKA Moscow 0 Lyon 1

MARCELO’S 68th minute header ended Lyon’s one-month winless run in this low-key first leg.

CSKA rarely tested Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes despite having most of the possession.

And Bruno Genesio’s French side continued their impressive sequence of Europa League results.

They have let in just four goals in the competition this season – despite being without a victory in Ligue 1 for six games.

Lyon hail Marcelo after he nodded what could be a vital first-leg winner

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