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After Manchester City’s show against Real Madrid in C1, it was the turn of the Europa League to deliver its verdict on the two finalists for the 2022-2023 edition. In the first meeting, Sevilla FC received Juventus to try to find the C3 final once again. In the first leg, the Sevillians conceded the draw (1-1) in the last seconds of the match. And with the removal of the away goal rule, everything had to be redone in this match. With the recent injury of Paul Pogba, Massimiliano Allegri started Adrien Rabiot, Di Maria and Moise Kean in this meeting.
A very enjoyable game
In this balanced opposition on paper, the two teams observed each other in the first minutes. At home, Sevilla tried to ignite the match and got the first chances. But each time Wojciech Szczęsny was vigilant on his line. On the other side, it was the Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou who saved his team with two decisive saves, one of which allowed Moise Kean’s shot to finish on the post. The two teams returned to the break with a logical 0-0 even if Cuadrado could clearly have been sent off after a violent intervention at the edge of the surface… which the referee did not penalize at all.
The match ignited completely on returning from the locker room. Faced with the still disappointing offensive performance of his team, Allegri decided to bring in his best striker: Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian giant, like magic, only needed two minutes to open the scoring. After having played with two defenders, he adjusted with a small dive Bounou (65th) to provisionally qualify the Old Lady. A goal that totally ignited the game. A few minutes later, it was Suso, who had also just returned for Sevilla, who equalized by sending a missile into the top corner of Szczęsny (1-1, 72nd). The Polish goalkeeper, helpless this time, saved his team from elimination in regulation time.
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José Mourinho still in the final
In the last seconds of the match, he slammed an impressive save on a powerful header from Youssef En-Nesery (90th). Enough to allow Juventus to slip into overtime. But in these 30 extra minutes, as at the end of the game, Sevilla FC continued to push to stifle their opponent. And it is logically that it ended up paying off thanks to… Erik Lamela. The former Tottenham placed a powerful header after a good cross from Bryan Gil (95th). An advantage that the Spanish team managed to keep despite the exclusion of Acuna (116th). Sevilla eliminates Juve and finds a new C3 final. As per usual.
In the other meeting, Roma, who had a valuable advantage after their home victory in the first leg against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0), did not crack in this return match. José Mourinho’s men delivered a solid performance against an uninspired German team. The Italians hunkered down for 90 minutes to keep their clean sheet. Proof in statistics: Bayer shot 22 times against… 1 time for Roma. And so it paid off. Bayer Leverkusen concedes a sad 0-0 and will not reach the C1 final. José Mourinho, after winning the C4 with Roma last season, will play another European Cup final, this time from C3. See you in Budapest on May 31.