‘Iron wall’ pro-AS Roma, Europa League final after 22 years
Leverkusen, 1-0 in the first and second games,
the last game against Sevilla on the 1st of next month
AS Roma (Italy) reached the final of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League for the first time in 22 years. Although only one shot was attempted, they won a ticket to the finals with the ‘iron wall’ defense. Roma, led by coach Jose Mourinho, drew 0-0 in an away match held at Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on the morning of the 19th (Korean time). Roma, who won 1-0 in the first leg on the 12th, won the first and second leg 1-0 on aggregate and advanced to the final. Roma advances to the final of the Europa League for the first time since the 1990-1991 season (runner-up), aiming for the first championship ever. The final will be held in Budapest, Hungary on June 1.
Roma reached the final of the European club competition for the second consecutive season. Last season, they advanced to the finals of the UEFA Europa League Conference League, which was launched for the first time, and became the first champions by reaching the top. Roma’s head coach Mourinho has advanced to the finals of European club competitions a total of five times until last season and won all of them, so Roma is looking forward to winning the trophy again this time.
Mourinho won the match against Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso with a thorough calculation. Coach Mourinho has coached player 스포츠토토Alonso from 2010 to 2013 when he was the head coach of Spain’s prestigious Real Madrid. Roma had won at home, so even if they drew away, they would advance to the final. Roma blocked the disadvantage of the away game with defense. Roma were pushed to 40-60% of possession, and were overwhelmed with 1-23 shots. However, Leverkusen’s attacks were blocked and cheered.
Sevilla (Spain), the ‘King of the Europa League’, advanced to the final by beating Juventus (Italy). Sevilla took advantage of the home advantage and won a come-from-behind victory 2-1 after extra time. Sevilla, who drew 1-1 in the first leg on the 12th, conceded a goal in the second leg, but Suso’s equalizer in the 26th minute of the second half went into extra time, and Eric Lamela’s winning goal in the first half of extra time confirmed the final. Sevilla is the most successful player in the Europa League history (6 times), and will challenge the top three years after the 2019-2020 season (winning).