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Christopher Nkunku underlined his status as one of the hottest prospects in European football as he fired RB Leipzig into the semi-finals of the Europa League with both goals in a 2-0 victory over Atalanta.

Nkunku surged forward to steer home Konrad Laimer’s cross 18 minutes into the second leg and converted a second-half penalty to send the Bundesliga side into the last four.

Leipzig survived a scare not long after the restart when referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz controversially decided not to award Atalanta a spot-kick for handball.

Christopher Nkunku scored twice - the second from a penalty - to send RB Leipzig through

Christopher Nkunku scored twice - the second from a penalty - to send RB Leipzig through

Christopher Nkunku scored twice – the second from a penalty – to send RB Leipzig through

In a rare occurrence since the introduction of VAR, Lahoz was told to check the pitchside monitor after the ball struck Dani Olmo on the arm from Ruslan Malinovskyi’s free-kick – but kept his original decision.

Leipzig, who dropped into the Europa League after failing to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, will face either Braga or Rangers in the semi-finals.  

More to follow 

Source: DailyMail Sports

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