Sevilla has once again managed to get through to the final of the Europa League. The Spanish club settled with Juventus after extra time: 2-1.
Europa League specialist does it again
Juventus managed to pull a 1-1 draw out of the fire in the first leg in the final phase. A big windfall for the return on Spanish soil. At the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Massimiliano Allegri’s formation had several chances to open the scoring, but goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved on a bet by Federico Gatti and Moise Kean hit the post. Ángel Di Maria and Adrien Rabiot also left promising situations unused.
Sevilla also had some serious chances for a virtual final place. Lucas Ocampos had the best chance, but the Argentinian (ex-Ajax) saw goalkeeper Wojciech save Szczesny. The Pole was lucky that the ball did not cross the goal line in its entirety, as it turned out after studying the images. As a result, the glasses position remained on the scoreboard for more than sixty minutes this evening.
A goal in regular time was inevitable. In the 65th minute, the goal fell in favor of Italy, with Dusan Vlahovic as the celebrated man. Six minutes after his effective bounce, however, Sevilla already made it 1-1. The Spaniard left Szczesny without a chance with a beautiful shot into the top corner and thus dragged extra time out of the fire, although it also had chances to advance to the final within ninety minutes.
Europa League specialist Sevilla managed to take the lead in the fifth minute of extra time. Erik Lamela headed the Spanish formation to 2-1 and that proved to be enough to reach the final. Referee Danny Makkelie gave a second yellow card to Sevilla player Marcus Acuña in the final phase for wasting time.
Scoring progression: 0-1 (65′) D. Vlahovic, 1-1 (71′) Suso, 2-1 (95′) E. Lamela
AS Roma finishes the job
AS Roma is preparing for the second European final in a row. After last season’s Conference League final (1-0 win over Feyenoord), the Europa League final was reached on Thursday evening. A 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen was enough after the 1-0 win at Stadio Olimpico.
The game image will not have surprised many people. Roma withdrew and let Leverkusen, with players like Mitchel Bakker and Jeremie Frimpong, make the game. That led to great opportunities in the first half, but goalkeeper Rui Patrício kept his goal clean. In addition, the Portuguese was lucky that Moussa Diaby hit the crossbar on behalf of the Bundesliga formation.
Leverkusen kept chasing the opening goal in the second half and with it extra time. The Roma defense was put to the test, but managed to survive the storm and so trainer José Mourinho can once again prepare for a European final. For Georginio Wijnaldum, a nice dessert of this football season beckons.
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