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Athletico, Sporting take steps towards final


Athletico, Sporting take steps towards final


The final 15 minutes in both Europa League semi-finals caught fire as Athletico Madrid surged against Valencia to beat their higher-placed Liga rivals 4-2, despite leaking an injury-time second goal.

Falcao’s double included a goal that will live long in the memory.

Sporting Lisbon sprung their trap on Athletico Bilbao, coming from a goal behind to win 2-1.

Overturning that is not an impossible task as the Portuguese have to travel to the Basque country for the second leg. However their level of belief is high and that now makes 11 European games unbeaten at home.

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