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Atletico in Europa League quarters

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Moscow, March 16: Spanish football giants Atletico Madrid secured their berth in the Europa League quarter-fils by rolling over Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 with a double tally from Ferndo Torres in a match that the Rojiblancos domited from beginning to end.

The Spanish side, one of the big favourites to win the tourment, refused to get distracted by the cold weather or the snow and gave the Russians a royal beating on Thursday, reports Efe.

Angel Correa began Atletico's goal count in the 16th minute, but Maciej Rybus responded four minutes later with Lokomotiv's only goal in the game.

Saul Ñiguez opened the second half by breaking the tie in the 47th minute before Torres scored his two goals -- coming on a pelty in the 65th minute and the second in the 70th minute -- and then Antoine Griezmann sealed the victory with the fifth goal five minutes before regulation time.

True to his style, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said his team took the match very seriously, despite the fact that they had blanked the Russians in the first leg at home (3-0).

The only bad news for the Madrid team was the injury of Filipe Luis, who had to leave the pitch on a stretcher after hurting himself while making a goal-saving tackle. IANS

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