Atletico in Europa League quarters with 5-1 win over Lokomotiv

Is this the toughest Europa League ever?

Atletico Madrid thrash Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 at the RZD Arena to complete a comprehensive 8-1 aggregate victory in their Europa League last-16 tie with the Russian outfit.

Saul Niguez restored the visitors' lead on the night less than two minutes into the second half, with former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres adding two further goals, the first of which came from the penalty spot. Lokomotiv clawed back an equaliser 10 minutes later, thanks to a thunderous 30-yard effort from Maciej Rybus. Following a short corner on the right, the ball was played into Rybus 30 yards out, the Polish worldwide took a touch before thundering a strike past the unsighted Werner.

A shoot-on-sight policy remained at both ends, with Manuel Fernandes sending an attempt just beyond Werner's crossbar before Anton Kochenkov tipped Juanfran's 36th-minute drive onto the top of his crossbar and parried to safety from Thomas Partey.

Aleksandr Golovin struck six minutes before halftime to cancel out Lyon's one-goal advantage from the first leg in Moscow.

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However, the impressive result was marred by an injury to Filipe Luis when the defender was stretchered off in the second half after making a fine last-ditch challenge.

Maxwel Cornet equalized in the 58th minute but CSKA scored twice in five minutes through Ahmed Musa and Pontus Wernbloom to advance on the away goals rule after the game ended 3-3 on aggregate.

Torres converted the penalty and slotted home his second 20 minutes from time, profiting from Correa's deft footwork and excellent throughball.

It was that man Correa who laid on the assist, turning his man with a exquisite "sombrero" touch before Griezmann applied the finish with a cutesy lob... They will take some stopping in this competition.

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