The first leg of the Europa League semi-finals were held on Thursday.
Sporting Lisbon with Emiliano INSUA in the starting line-up played against Marcelo BIELSA's Athletic Bilbao in Portugal. BILBAO took the lead until the 76th minute where Emiliano INSUA scored a headed goal which would make Roberto AYALA proud! With the score tied at 1-1, Lisbon scored 4 minutes later as they defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1.
Diego SIMEONE's Atletico Madrid put one foot into the final as they defeated Valencia 4-2. SALVIO came on as a substitute for Atletico while COSTA played the full match for Valencia and PIATTI came on as a substitute.