Italy’s UEFA index was close to exploding. After Inter’s qualification for the Champions League final on Tuesday, two other Italian clubs were on the verge of punching their ticket to a European Cup final on Thursday. Only one took the plunge. AS Roma got a draw (0-0) in Leverkusen, which allows the Louve club to qualify following their victory in the first leg (1-0). Juventus is eliminated.
Roma qualify by suffering
José Mourinho and his family will go to Budapest on May 31 with a view to lifting a sixth European trophy for the “Special One”, a second in two seasons, too, after the victory in the Europa League Conference last season (1 -0 against Feyenoord). They will also have in mind a qualification for the next Champions League, the lot of the winners of the C3. The goal of young Italian Edoardo Bove (20) in the first leg was enough for the Romans to reach the final.
However, the return meeting was a long suffering for them. The Germans dominated generously, shooting on goal 23 times and on target 6 times. Roma only tried their luck once. As often, Mourinho’s team left the ball to their opponent and regrouped in defense. A strategy that is still bearing fruit for the Portuguese.
Sevilla FC towards a seventh final
In the second semi-final, Juventus opened the scoring against the run of play (65th) thanks to incoming Dusan Vlahovic. Calculator, Juventus then braced themselves in defense. Something not to face a Sevilla FC of the great evenings, twirling, like the Spanish winger Bryan Gil. Suso therefore crucified Szczesny with a heavy strike (71st) to bring his people up. After 90 minutes the result was the same as in the first leg between Sevilla and Turin (1-1).
So we had to add 30 minutes to make the decision. As in the first leg, throughout the meeting, Sevilla dominated. Szczesny had to deploy on many occasions, gratifying the public with very pretty parades. The turning point of the match could have been this penalty not whistled by Danny Makkelie, the Dutch referee, when Cuardado tackled Oliver Torres at the entrance to the penalty area with a lot of commitment, just before half-time.
Sevilla FC continued their momentum in overtime, pushed by a Sanchez-Pizjuán stadium in fusion. He showed his familiarity with the demands of this competition and was quick to take the lead thanks to Erik Lamela with a header (95th) on a serve from Bryan Gil. This victory will allow the Andalusians to play in their seventh Europa League final. They never lost a single one. The Romans have been warned.
At the same time, in the Europa League Conference, West Ham won at Alkmaar (1-0, 2-1 first leg victory) and will play in Prague on June 7 against Fiorentina, who snatched their qualification after additional time in extra time (120th + 9) against FC Basel (3-1, 1-2 loss in the first leg).
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