Atletico Madrid is through to the Europa League final, and Arsenal’s hopes of winning the cup in order to clinch a Champions League spot next season have vanished. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Emirates a week ago, it was a Diego Costa goal late in the first half that sent the Spanish team through with a 1-0 victory.
In a match that saw both teams with plenty of opportunities to score, Costa took his great chance off a fine ball from Antoine Griezmann just before the break.
A deserved win for Diego Simeone’s team, as the manager watched the match from the stands due to suspension. But for Arsenal, it’s a defeat that really hurts, ending their goal of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
It will be a new era at Arsenal next season with Arsene Wenger stepping down, and the team is currently on track to qualify for next season’s Europa League.
Atletico Madrid will face either Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg in the final. As of the final whistle between Atletico and Arsenal, the other semifinal was headed to extra time.