Atletico Madrid vs. Hannover 96: 5 Things Learned in Europa League Quarterfinal

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Atletico Madrid vs. Hannover 96: 5 Things Learned in Europa League Quarterfinal
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In what was a great advert for Europa League football, Atletico Madrid took a big step towards the semifinals with a 2-1 home win over Hannover 96 in the quarterfinal first leg.

Radamel Falcao opened the scoring in the ninth minute at the Vicente Calderón—flicking a header in past Ron-Robert Zieler from a Gabi free-kick—before Mame Biram Diouf equalised shortly before halftime, meeting Lars Stindl's excellent pinpoint cross to tuck the ball past Thibaut Courtois, the young keeper on loan from Chelsea.

The game looked destined for a draw, but substitute Eduardo Salvio had other plans when his superb long-range effort curled into the top corner, giving Diego Simeone's side a precious lead to take into the return leg in Germany.

It was an exciting, fast paced match full of tension, drama and rash challenges, and whilst there were a lot of fans dressed as blue plastic seats, the atmosphere was nonetheless electric.

Here are five things we learned from the match in Spain.

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