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Arsene Wenger's last chance at silverware put in peril by mistakes that define Arsenal

Ten-man Atletico withstood a first-half onslaught from Arsenal and grabbed a precious away goal, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's late equalizer.
Ten-man Atletico withstood a first-half onslaught from Arsenal and grabbed a precious away goal, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's late equaliser.
The FC crew lambaste Arsenal's wastefulness in front of goal and "amateur" defending to relinquish control of their semifinal tie to Atletico.
Danny Welbeck rues the opportunities Arsenal missed in the first half, but tries to put a positive spin on the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Atletico.

LONDON -- So close, and yet so far away. If any game could sum up the latter years of Arsene Wenger's reign as Arsenal's manager, the night they dominated Atletico Madrid but ended up with a draw is surely the perfect example of precisely what has been wrong at the club for the best part of a decade.

First, the positive spin. Arsenal will travel to Madrid next Thursday for the Europa League semifinal second leg in the Wanda Metropolitano with hopes still alive of a place in the final after a...

Arsenal's Europa League hopes take hit, as 10-man Atletico punish their wastefulness

Ten-man Atletico withstood a first-half onslaught from Arsenal and grabbed a precious away goal, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's late equalizer.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone was sent to the stands for his reactions directed towards the referee following Sime Vrsaljko's sending off.
The FC crew lambaste Arsenal's wastefulness in front of goal and "amateur" defending to relinquish control of their semifinal tie to Atletico.
Danny Welbeck rues the opportunities Arsenal missed in the first half, but tries to put a positive spin on the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Atletico.
Ten-man Atletico withstood a first-half onslaught from Arsenal and grabbed a precious away goal, courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's late equaliser.

LONDON -- Three thoughts from the Emirates on Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal.

1. Griezmann punishes wasteful Arsenal at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger's hopes of ending his reign as Arsenal manager by winning the Europa League have been left in the balance after Antoine Griezmann earned a semifinal first-leg draw for 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates.

Atleti, reduced to 10 men after just 10 minutes following two bookable offences by Sime...

 By Nick Ames

Real Madrid know-how shows Bayern Munich have lost their edge

Craig Burley wonders if clinching the Bundesliga title so early led to Bayern's uneven performance in the first leg against Real Madrid.
Substitute Marco Asensio's second-half strike proved decisive as Real Madrid held on at the Allianz Arena for a big win.
Substitute Marco Asensio's second-half strike proved decisive as Real Madrid held on at the Allianz Arena for a big win.
Substitute Marco Asensio's second-half strike proved decisive as Real Madrid held on at the Allianz Arena for a big win.
Assuming Real Madrid get past Bayern Munich, the ESPN FC pundits don't favour them against Liverpool, their likely opponent.

MUNICH -- In an interview earlier this week, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he has never brought himself to watch again the 2013 Champions League final. An all-German affair, played before a rapturous Wembley crowd, ended with Arjen Robben's winner dampening the exuberance of Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, who could hardly have done more in attempting to upset the odds.

Bayern, though, that distillation of cockiness and knowhow, found a way to win yet again that night and outgoing manager...

 By Nick Ames

Real Madrid put one foot in Champions League final as Bayern Munich rue missed chances

Substitute Marco Asensio's second-half strike proved decisive as Real Madrid held on at the Allianz Arena for a big win.
Substitute Marco Asensio's second-half strike proved decisive as Real Madrid held on at the Allianz Arena for a big win.
Assuming Real Madrid get past Bayern Munich, the ESPN FC pundits don't favour them against Liverpool, their likely opponent.
Craig Burley wonders if clinching the Bundesliga title so early led to Bayern's uneven performance in the first leg against Real Madrid.
Reactions from Zinedine Zidane and Jupp Heynckes after Real Madrid edged Bayern Munich 2-1 in their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday. 

MUNICH -- Three quick thoughts from Real Madrid's 2-1 win Wednesday over Bayern Munich in their Champions League semifinal first leg at the Allianz Stadium.

1. Madrid put one foot in Champions League final

Real Madrid have one foot in yet another Champions League final, although they might wonder how. Superb finishes from Marcelo and Marco Asensio overhauled the advantage Joshua Kimmich had given Bayern Munich, who missed a host of chances, and Jupp Heynckes' side have it all to do if they...

Liverpool goal threat will see off Roma and can beat Bayern or Madrid

Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two.
Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two.
Steve Nicol explains why he feels deflated after Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Relive Mohamed Salah's two first half goals from every angle as Liverpool took a commanding 5-2 lead in their Champions League tie with Roma.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees the positives from his side's first leg against Roma, even though they gave up two goals in the second half.
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were left frustrated with the two goals conceded, despite beating Roma 5-2 at Anfield.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the the mind of Eusebio Di Francesco to explain the Roma head coach's tactics against Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Nobody knows better than Liverpool that a three-goal lead is not always a guarantee of success in the Champions League.

They will never forget the "Miracle of Istanbul" at Anfield -- that night in May 2005 when Rafael Benitez's team overturned a 3-0 half-time deficit against AC Milan to win the club's fifth European Cup on penalties -- but there have been more recent reminders that such an advantage is not enough to be certain at the highest level of European competition.

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Liverpool dazzle but give Roma small chance in CL semifinal second leg

Liverpool's inability to close out matches comes back to haunt them as Roma score two late goals and rescue a glimmer of hope heading into leg two.
Steve Nicol explains why he feels deflated after Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into the the mind of Eusebio Di Francesco to explain the Roma head coach's tactics against Liverpool.
Fans at a bar in Cairo, Egypt erupt after local hero Mohamed Salah scores the opener for Liverpool against Roma.
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were left frustrated with the two goals conceded, despite beating Roma 5-2 at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees the positives from his side's first leg against Roma, even though they gave up two goals in the second half.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts from Anfield as Liverpool raced to a 5-0 lead vs. Roma only to let in two late goals in their Champions League semifinal, first leg.

1. Liverpool could face anxious night in Roma after late slump

Liverpool need to avoid a three-goal defeat in Rome next Wednesday to reach the Champions League final, but Jurgen Klopp's team should have already booked their place in Kiev after building a 5-0 lead before conceding two late goals against Roma.

Having scored...