EL Wrap: Arsenal’s huge result, Dortmund stunned
GOALS from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey have given Arsenal the upper hand in their Europa League last-16 tie with AC Milan as the Gunners won 2-0 at San Siro.
Mesut Ozil set up both strikes, with Armenian forward Mkhitaryan tucking away the German's pass in the 15th minute of Thursday's first-leg encounter in Milan.
Gennaro Gattuso's men grew into the game as half-time approached but the end of their 12-match unbeaten run was confirmed when Ramsey rounded Gianluigi Donnarumma to double Arsenal's lead in stoppage time.
The visitors thus avoided suffering a fifth straight defeat in all competitions and will take a healthy advantage built on two away goals into next week's return leg at the Emirates Stadium.
Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock first-leg 2-1 loss at home to Salzburg, although Andre Schurrle's second-half strike did cut the deficit ahead of next week's return game in Austria.
Kosovo international Valon Berisha scored twice shortly after half-time to put Salzburg in control, the first from the penalty spot, and leave German giants Dortmund facing a surprise exit.
La Liga title challengers Atletico Madrid eased to a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone's side, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage after finishing behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant position thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.
Spanish international Costa has now scored six goals for Atletico since returning to the club from Chelsea in January.
In other games, Brazilian defender Marcelo scored the only goal as last season's semi-finalists Lyon grabbed a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow, as they look to go one better this term with the final at their Groupama Stadium.
Lucas Ocampos scored twice, including in the first minute, with Dimitri Payet also on the scoresheet as Marseille saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-1.
Lazio were held to a 2-2 home draw in their tie with Dynamo Kiev, while RB Leipzig will take a lead over Zenit St Petersburg to Russia after Timo Werner ended a four-game goal drought in a 2-1 win.
Sporting Lisbon put one foot into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 home victory against Viktoria Plzen.
EUROPA LEAGUE SCORES
AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal (Mkhitaryan 15', Ramsey 45')
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Lokomotiv Moscow (Saul 22', Costa 47', Koke 90')
Borussia Dortmund (Schurrle 62') 1-2 Salzburg (Berisha 49, 56')
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Lyon (Marcelo 68')
Lazio (Immobile 54', Anderson 62') 2-2 Dynamo Kiev (Tsigankov 52', Moraes 79')
Marseille (Ocampos 1', 57' Payet 14') 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (Aduriz 45')
RB Leipzig (Bruma 56', Werner 77') 2-1 Zenit St Petersberg (Criscito 86')
Sporting CP (Montero 45', 49') 2-0 Victoria Pizen