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Good evening, folks. Welcome along to our liveblog for tonight’s Europa League semi-final second leg between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal.

The tie is delicately poised at 1-1 from last week’s first leg in London, but it’s Atletico who hold the upper hand thanks to the away goal.

The winners will advance to the final against Salzburg or Marseille in Lyon on 16 May. Marseille take a 2-0 lead into tonight’s second leg in Austria.

Kick-off tonight in Madrid is at 8.05pm.

Here’s the Atletico Madrid team for tonight, with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa leading the line.

Less than 10 minutes to kick-off. Let us know your predictions in the comments section below.

Here come the teams…

And it’s underway.

1Mins

Vitolo wins an early corner for Atletico.

2Mins

Ospina eventually punches clear, despite some confusion with Koscielny.

4Mins

All the early pressure being applied by the hosts but no major questions being posed of Arsenal’s defence so far.

5Mins

Lacazette sends in a brilliant cross for Arsenal but Partey makes a vital intervention. Ozil’s corner is then cleared.

6Mins

Chance! Diego Costa shoves Nacho Monreal off the ball but he blazes his effort wide from an admittedly narrow angle.

7Mins

Laurent Koscielny is down and the Arsenal skipper looks to be in trouble.

9Mins

There was no contact on Koscielny. As he backtracked his leg appeared to buckle in the turf. The medics are on. His night is over unfortunately.

11Mins

It looks like Calum Chambers will come in. This is a big blow for Arsenal. Koscielny still being attended to.

10Mins

Koscielny is stretchered off and in comes 23-year-old Calum Chambers.

12Mins

The game has resumed.

13Mins

Free for Atletico wide on the right but Arsenal clear the danger.

14Mins

Patient build-up play from the Spaniards as they aim to breach Arsenal’s defence.

15Mins

Chance! Monreal pulls the ball back for Lacazette in the box but the pass is too heavy. Arsenal should have done better there.

18Mins

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is watching from the posh seats after being dismissed last week at the Emirates…

Atletico Madrid v Arsenal FC  - UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg Source: Lars Baron

18Mins

Arsenal beginning to see more of the ball now. Ramsey looks to play in Bellerin down the right but his pass is just a little too long.

20Mins

Arsenal get into a good area again but the final ball, this time from Bellerin, lets them down.

22Mins

A rare chance on the ball for Griezmann but his attempt to release Costa is sloppy and Arsenal clear their lines.

24Mins

Griezmann has somehow managed to sustain what looks like a sizeable gash to the back of his head so he’s going off for treatment as Arsenal come forward.

24Mins

Costa attempts to get the ball under control in the box but Chambers makes an important clearance.

25Mins

The cut to the back of Griezmann’s head was caused by an accidental elbow from Chambers.

28Mins

Chance! Good play in the box from Lacazette and Ozil but neither of them can get a shot off. The home fans are getting edgy. Decent from Arsenal so far.

31Mins

Lucas Hernandez’s throw into the box causes problems for Arsenal and Xhaka is forced to concede a corner.

31Mins

Partey brings a save from Ospina with a brilliant volley but Atletico had already been penalised forma foul by Godin on Mustafi.

33Mins

Wilshere tries to play in Monreal but his touch just brings the ball away towards Oblak in the Atletico goal.

35Mins

Ten minutes to the break. Arsene Wenger will be satisfied thus far with how his team have performed. A goal is essential, however.

37Mins

Chance! Free for Atletico in a dangerous position, it falls to Koke, but his left-footed volley sails just wide.

39Mins

Chance! Another free, this time taken by Koke, finds Griezmann, whose excellent effort is inches off target. A let-off for Arsenal.

40Mins

Chance! Costa tees up Vitolo on the edge of the box but Arsenal manage to scramble it clear. Nervy period for the visitors.

42Mins

Jack Wilshere gets a yellow card for a late challenge on Gabi. Looked a bit harsh.

44Mins

Monreal attempts to send in a cross for Arsenal but he’s dispossessed.

45Mins

Ramsey does well to win possession in midfield but his ambitious through-ball for Lacazette is cut out.

Atletico break and win a corner.

45Mins

Three minutes to be added on.

45Mins

Koke’s delivery falls to Gabi just outside the box but his shot can’t make it through a sea of Arsenal bodies.

45Mins

Griezmann releases Costa and the former Chelsea striker holds off Bellerin before finishing emphatically in the second minute of additional time at the end of the first half.

45Mins

Disappointing end to a mostly positive first half for Arsenal. Having said that, they needed a goal anyway. An equaliser would level the tie and send it to penalties.

45Mins

Shay Given in the Eir Sport studio reckons it looks like an achilles injury for Koscielny, which would probably rule him out of the World Cup. Very unfortunate for the French defender.

46Mins

The second half is underway.

47Mins

Monreal sends in a cross but it’s way over the head of Lacazette.

49Mins

Griezmann wins a corner for Atletico at Mustafi’s expense. The delivery finds Costa unmarked but his header is saved comfortably by Ospina.

50Mins

Good interchange of passes between Griezmann and Costa but Xhaka intervenes.

51Mins

Koke tries his luck from just outside the box but it sails harmlessly wide.

52Mins

Good link-up play between Lacazette and Welbeck but it’s cynically halted by Gabi, whose name goes in the book as a result.

53Mins

Chance! Wilshere’s shot falls to Ramsey in the box but he can’t get a shot away.

56Mins

Chance! Costa was set to double Atletico’s lead from close range but a crucial tackle by Chambers denies him.

58Mins

Arsenal having more joy in the final third now but it’s so hard to break down such a well-drilled Atletico defence.

58Mins

Atletico break and Monreal brings Griezmann down just outside the box. Free-kick.

59Mins

Griezmann takes it himself, it’s a fine effort, but he drags it just wide.

61Mins

Ozil gets in behind, squares it but Godin makes a vital block.

62Mins

Ozil gets in again but Welbeck can’t get his head on the German’s drilled cross from the left.

63Mins

Chance! Xhaka has a go from distance and Oblak has to make an excellent save.

From the resultant corner, Mustafi can only head the ball over.

64Mins

Costa charges forward but Monreal blocks his shot.

65Mins

Nice build-up play by Atletico but Bellerin gets it clear.

The game is starting to open up a little bit now.

67Mins

Chance! Costa tees up Griezmann but Chambers makes a crucial block to take the sting out of the close-range shot, allowing Ospina to collect.

69Mins

Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaces Jack Wilshere for Arsenal.

70Mins

Costa is breathing heavily now but he’s been brilliant for Atletico. “Unplayable” says Keith Andrews.

71Mins

Lacazette wins a corner for Arsenal.

71Mins

Chance! The ball eventually finds its way to Mkhitaryan, whose volley goes inches over.

72Mins

Drama in the other semi-final, where Salzburg now lead Marseille 2-0 on the night. It’s 2-2 on aggregate.

74Mins

Monreal heads the ball across the face of goal but Gimenez gets it way for Atletico.

76Mins

Chance! Griezmann finds his way through but Xhaka makes a brilliant recovery tackle.

77Mins

13 minutes remain. At the moment it looks like this will be Arsene Wenger’s final European game in charge of Arsenal…

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77Mins

Costa booked for throwing the ball away and then jostling with Mustafi as Arsenal tried to take a free-kick.

79Mins

Substitute Correa gets in a cross but Chambers heads clear. Arsenal need a goal but the game is being played in their half at the moment.

80Mins

Xhaka crosses for Ramsey but he’s dispossessed by Partey.

81Mins

Costa has a go from just outside the box but it’s straight at Ospina.

82Mins

Costa is now down with cramp and the ball has been put into touch.

83Mins

Costa makes way for Fernando Torres, who receives a huge ovation from the home fans.

85Mins

Koke and Griezmann exchange passes in the box but it comes to nothing.

86Mins

Arsenal break, Monreal finds space on the left but his cross is shocking. A waste of a chance.

86Mins

Four minutes of normal time remaining and Arsenal don’t look like finding a way through here.

87Mins

Griezmann wins a corner. Arsenal pinned into their own third in these closing stages. Frustrating for the Gunners.

88Mins

Chance! Torres has a great chance but Ospina saves.

89Mins

Lacazette and Welbeck swap passes but it’s quickly cleared on the edge of the box.

90Mins

Ramsey crosses from the left but it’s hacked away by Gimenez.

90Mins

Three additional minutes to be played.

90Mins

Another chance for Monreal to cross but again he makes a mess of it.

90Mins

Disappointment for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal as Atletico deservedly advance to the Europa League final.

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