After his Roma team narrowly defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal match, Jose Mourinho is one step closer to winning his sixth European championship.
When Mourinho’s Porto team defeated Celtic in the 2003 final of the UEFA Cup, it was a victory that made the Portuguese famous throughout Europe. He won the Champions League the next year, the Europa League with Manchester United in 2017, and the Champions League with Inter in 2010. He also helped Roma win the inaugural Europa Conference League last year.
Edoardo Bove, 20, scored the game’s lone goal at Stadio Olimpico halfway through the second half with a low shot from the center of the penalty area.
Now, Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen team must work hard in the second match in Germany the following week.
In other Europa League action, Juventus and Sevilla drew 1-1 in Turin.
If Juventus wins the championship, which would be their first continental prize since 1996 after losing five consecutive Champions League finals, they will undoubtedly consider Federico Gatti’s 90th-minute equalizer to be a turning point in the game. Youssef En-Nesyri gave Sevilla the lead midway through the first half.
At the London Stadium, against an AZ team that was very technically proficient, West Ham had to come from behind in the semifinals of the Europa Conference League.
Tijani Reijnders’ low shot at the near post surprised Alphonse Areola in the first half, giving AZ a well-deserved lead. However, Said Benrahma scored a penalty to tie the score, and 15 seconds later Michail Antonio finished off the comeback with a tap-in.
Even later than West Ham’s comeback, Basel defeated Fiorentina in the second semifinal of the competition. La Viola took the lead in the first half thanks to a header from Arthur Cabral. They maintained that lead until Basel got back into the game thanks to a bottom corner goal from young player Andy Diouf. The Swiss team then won it in the last seconds thanks to Zeki Amdouni.
First-leg results of the Europa Conference League semifinals
1–2 Fiorentina Basel
2-1 for West Ham
On May 18, second legs of ties in both competitions will be played.
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