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Marseille and RB Salzburg made great comebacks against RB Leipzig and Lazio

Taking inspiration from Uefa Champions League quarterfinals second-leg, Europa League’s underdogs were also on come back run. We witness great comebacks for Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg against RB Leipzig and Lazio respectively, whereas CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon marginally felt short of making comeback.

Marseille made a great comeback from 1-0 down from first-leg against RB Leipzig to outplaying them in the second-leg winning 5-3 aggregate. It was Leipzig who also goes on the scoresheet in second-leg first through Bruma’s goal in the second minute, but Marseille simply outrun them at home afterward.

French side get momentum when Stefan Ilsanker scored an own goal and Bouna Sarr scored to get them on the level. Florian Thauvin added Marseille’s third to give them an aggregate advantage. But, Leipzig didn’t sit back, after the half-time they were back on the scoresheet. Jean-Kevin Augustin scored Leipzig’s second to give them an away goal advantage but former West Ham’s fame Dimitri Payet and Hiroki Sakai made the impossible possible late in the game. Marseille’s spectators go crazy as they reach the semifinals of Europa League defeating a team who defeated Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich a few weeks ago in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Europa League comebacks, Marseille outsmart Leipzig, Salzburg's miracle

If Marseille did something superficial, RB Salzburg did a miracle. They scored three times within four minutes as they eliminated Lazio who had the 4-2 advantage from the first-leg. Salzburg book their place in semifinals with 6-5 aggregate result.

It was the most dramatic comeback in football history. Lazio were leading 4-2 from first-leg and they added their fifth as Ciro Immobile scored the first of the night for away team in second half. Salzburg needed three goals to outsmart the Italian’s mammoth lead, but they did make it possible. Munnas Dabur, Amadou Haidara, Hwang Hee-chan and Stefan Lanier all scored in quick succession to eliminate Lazio.

CSKA Moscow were on a great run as well at home as they took the 2-0 lead. They only needed one more goal to make it to the semis on away goal, but they suffered a late setback when Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey added late drama to earn a 2-2 draw. From getting close to eliminating Gunners, Moscow goes on to lose 6-3 aggregate.

Sporting Lisbon also gave some glimpse of a comeback as they took the lead from Fredy Montero’s header, but they fell short of scoring again against La Liga’s best defence. Atletico despite suffering 1-0 defeat in Lisbon, marched ahead winning the tie 2-1 from their first-leg 2-0 result.

Atletico Madrid and Arsenal were favourite in the tournament but after Marseille and RB Salzburg’s dramatic comeback, it will be insulting to rule them out. One thing is pretty clear from last night results, if Uefa Champions League can entertain in later stages, Europa League can also entertain us with their results. Europe’s elite and Europe’s second tier, both have tremendously entertained the football fans around the world this week.


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