TOPS/FLOPS – The duo En-Nesyri-Ocampos, Gatti, Bove and the poverty of Juve, find the tops / flops of Juventus-Seville (1-1) and Roma-Leverkusen (1-0).
En-Nesyri raffles everything from Qatar
The Moroccan is unrecognizable since the World Cup and as proof he struck again tonight. After 20 minutes of warm-up during which we saw him little, he distinguished himself by scoring (26th) his 16e goal in all competitions since the World Cup, which launched his match. Behind, he created several clear chances (20e and 45+2) which could have allowed his Andalusian team to take the lead. Despite everything, he remains the Sevillian scorer of the evening at the end of a meeting generally dominated by his team, but nuanced by the disappointment at the end of the match.
Federico Gatti the saviour
Entering the game in place of Leonardo Bonucci at the hour mark, Federico Gatti, who has been causing a sensation for several weeks now, has changed everything. Not just the score but the face of the semi-final between Juve and Sevilla. The 24-year-old Italian defender gave his team the unthinkable, an equalizer in the 97e minute to put pressure on Sanchez Pizjuan next Thursday where Sevilla will find their home crowd against eye-catching Juve. On a final corner granted by Mr. Siebert when we had exceeded the 6 minutes of additional time granted, Gatti was on the fallout of a ball deflected twice. First by Danilo then by Paul Pogba before propelling the ball into the back of the net to make the tifosi bianconeri exult.
Edoardo Bove youth at the service of the collective
This name may not mean anything to you, but on the side of AS Roma his name resonates more and more. The young Italian midfielder scored the only goal in the other semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen. Already a Serie A scorer several weeks ago against Udinese, the 20-year-old scored his 2e goal of the season in all competitions. But if he was established by José Mourinho in a semi-final of the Europa League, it is not by chance. Very comfortable technically, the middle of one meter seventy-nine brings a rare profile within the workforce of Roma. His game intelligence, his altruism and above all his sense of placement are very pleasing to the Portuguese technician. The proof on his goal, when he offered a striking situation to Tammy Abraham who ran into Hradecky before closing the deal himself, well positioned.
Lucas Ocampos, a short but intense performance
The former OM player only played 35 minutes and yet his contribution was total. Full of desire as usual, the Argentinian constantly brought danger into the area of Szczesny who had a lot of work mainly in the first period. Ocampos almost opened the scoring before doubling the bet even without success. Still, he is the decisive passer on Yousef En-Nesyri’s opener with a perfectly well-positioned cross for the Moroccan.
Dusan Vlahovic non-existent
The Serbian striker was very upbeat when he gave way to Arkadiusz Milik in the 60e minute. However, he absolutely had no influence on the meeting and was the illustration of the poverty of the game offered by the Old Lady. Apart from the double chance in the first half (19e et 20e) before the opener of En-Nesyri, on which he was each time offside, we did not see the former Fiorentina. Bought 100 million euros by Juve, he is the one who is supposed to take the club into another dimension and yet he only revealed the offensive limits of his team.
The game offered by Juventus
If the game proposed by Massimiliano Allegri’s team is not “ sexy “, it would still be a question of not being familiar with excess. The Bianconeri are the kings of boredom in Serie A, even if they manage to win a lot of games, often in the final minutes. It was still the case tonight with a goal in the 97e minute in a scenario that we all more or less saw coming. Completely strolled by Sevilla in the first period, Juventini looked more like a hen who had just found a knife, with the ball. Like lost, amorphous, unable to create much. Sevilla had decided to leave the game to them and yet apart from a breakthrough by 19-year-old England youngster Samuel Iling Jr (who came on the break) nothing before Gatti’s goal stirred the crowds.
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