Surprise Europa League wins for Arsenal, Salzburg
MILAN, Italy (AP):
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Arsenal goal as his new club rebounded from a run of four successive losses with a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League last 16 yesterday.
There was another surprise in Germany, where two goals from Valon Berisha led Salzburg to a 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund.
Atletico Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow, while CSKA Moscow was beaten 1-0 in Russia by Lyon.
A minute's silence was observed at every match in honour of Davide Astori, the Italy and Fiorentina player who died last week at the age of 31.
In a tussle of two heavyweights with proud histories, Arsenal went ahead after 15 minutes when Mkhitaryan, signed from Manchester United in January, saw his right-foot shot deflect into the net off Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci.
Mkhitaryan also hit the crossbar towards the end of the first half.
Bonucci almost leveled for Milan two minutes before the interval when he rose in the penalty area to head a corner narrowly wide.
Mesut Ozil then laid on the second goal in first-half stoppage time for Aaron Ramsey, who went round goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to give his team a healthy advantage to take into the second leg next Thursday.
Yesterday's UEFA Europa League results:
AC Milan 0 - 2 Arsenal
Atletico Madrid 3 - 0 Lokomotiv Moscow
Borussia Dortmund 1 - 2 Salzburg
CSKA Moscow 0 - 1 Lyon
Lazio 2 - 2 Dynamo Kyiv
Marseille 3 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 - 1 Zenit St Petersburg
Sporting CP 2 - 0 Viktoria Plzen