Europa League 2022/23 Quarter-finals 1st leg results
Manchester United held to a draw by Sevilla, while AS Roma suffers a disappointing loss in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals in the 2022/23 season, taking place in the early morning of April 14th.
Manchester United 2-2 Sevilla
MU welcomed Sevilla at home in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. Coach Ten Hag continued to start Sabitzer in the starting lineup and kept Eriksen on the bench. In the 14th minute, Bruno Fernandes played a through pass to Sabitzer who took a precise shot. The ball deflected off Marcao’s leg, changing direction and leaving goalkeeper Bounou helpless as it went into the net.
Six minutes later, Sabitzer broke the offside trap again, receiving a pass from Martial and unleashing an accurate shot to double the lead. With an early advantage, MU dominated the game and created numerous chances. However, they failed to capitalize on any more opportunities, which was disappointing.
In the second half, Coach Ten Hag made several changes to conserve his team’s energy. The game seemed to be uneventful until surprising and complicated developments occurred in the last 10 minutes. In the 84th minute, Malacia’s careless defending allowed Navas to get the ball. The ball deflected off Malacia’s leg, changing direction and catching De Gea off guard.
Just 1 minute later, Lisandro Martinez unexpectedly suffered an injury without any contact with other players. MU was reduced to 10 players on the field as they had already used up all their substitutions. In the 90+2 minute, En Nesyri rose high and headed the ball inside the penalty area. The ball hit Maguire’s head, changing direction again and leaving De Gea helpless once more. In the end, the two teams drew 2-2, and MU lost their advantage after the first leg.
Feyenoord 1-0 Roma
Playing as guests on the field of the Dutch team, AS Roma had an advantage when they were awarded a penalty in the 43rd minute. However, Pellegrini failed to capitalize on the opportunity as his shot hit the post.
In the second half, Roma still maintained control of the game. But Feyenoord’s efforts paid off with a goal.
In the 53rd minute, Wieffer produced a quality shot from outside the 16.50m box after Idrissi’s cross from the left wing. Goalkeeper Patricio tried his best but couldn’t save Roma from conceding, making it 1-0 for Feyenoord.
However, in the following minutes, Roma rallied and had continuous attempts at goal, but their forwards had an unlucky day. With a 1-0 away defeat, Roma still has 90 minutes ahead in the second leg at home at the Olimpico Stadium on April 21st.
Juventus 1-0 Sporting
Despite playing at home, Juventus found themselves on the back foot against Sporting. In the first 45 minutes, it was the visitors who impressed, with Sporting registering 6 shots, half of which were on target. On the other hand, Juventus struggled to create chances, managing only 1 shot on target.
In the second half, the game was more evenly balanced and tightly contested. The home team struggled to break through Sporting’s solid defense. However, in the most difficult moment, Juventus found the breakthrough from a simple attacking setup.
Starting from a cross towards the far post, forward Dusan Vlahovic rose high and headed the ball beyond the reach of Sporting’s goalkeeper. Defender Sebastian Coates cleared the ball off the goal line, but Federico Gatti was in the right place at the right time to tap in the ball from close range, breaking the deadlock.
Trailing by a goal, Sporting pushed forward with all their might. They had over 60% of ball possession and exerted strong pressure on Juventus, but unfortunately, they couldn’t find the equalizer. In the end, Juventus held on to a 1-0 victory, gaining a slight advantage for the second leg.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Union SG
Right from the start, Bayer Leverkusen took control of the game. However, it was Union SG, the visiting team, who scored the opening goal through Victor Okoh Boniface in the 51st minute.
Trailing behind, the home team pushed forward in search of an equalizer. It wasn’t until the 82nd minute that Bayer Leverkusen found the equalizer through a long-range shot from outside the box by Florian Wirtz.
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