Europa League 2022/23 Semi-final 1st leg results
Check out the latest results of the Europa League football with the two semi-final matches featuring Italian representatives Juventus and AS Roma.
Juventus 1-1 Sevilla
The match at the Allianz Stadium was evenly contested, with Juventus controlling 60% of the ball and taking 11 shots, two of which hit the target, compared to Sevilla’s 13 shots, five of which were on target. Both teams created several chances and scored a goal in each half.
However, Juventus started poorly and allowed their opponents to take the initiative. In the 26th minute, Sevilla took the lead with a well-executed counter-attack that ended with En-Nesyri scoring the only goal of the first half.
In the second half, Juventus improved and put Sevilla under intense pressure, particularly in the closing minutes of the game. They managed to equalize in the dying moments of the match when Gatti scored from close range after the ball had hit Danilo and Pogba’s heads from a corner kick on the left flank.
Gatti became one of the five Italian defenders to score in a European Cup semi-final, following in the footsteps of Sergio Porrini, Antonio Cabrini, Antonello Cuccureddu, and Giancarlo Bercellino.
After the match, coach Max Allegri praised his team’s good start but acknowledged that they were caught off guard, did not retreat in time, and left gaps for Sevilla to counter-attack and score first. The Italian coach was also proud of his players’ fighting spirit, which helped them secure a deserved draw in the end.
According to Football Italy, Pogba played well after coming on as a substitute for Angel Di Maria in the 70th minute. He made several impressive passes and runs before assisting Gatti’s goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
When asked about this assessment, Allegri praised Pogba’s ability to perform well under pressure, push the ball into the opposition’s half, and promised to give the French midfielder more playing time if he maintains his peak physical condition.
AS Roma 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Facing Bayer Leverkusen, although AS Roma was rated higher and had the advantage of playing at home, they encountered numerous difficulties against the scientific style of the German representative. The capital team had more ball possession but failed to create any notable opportunities, resulting in a 0-0 draw at halftime.
In the second half, AS Roma made efforts to launch more attacks in order to gain an advantage. Eventually, their determination paid off. In the 62nd minute, Eduardo Bove scored a clean goal, putting the home team in the lead.
At 20 years and 360 days old, Bove is the youngest Roma player to score a goal in a European Cup semi-final. Bove started playing for the Boreale Donorione club before joining the Roma youth team in 2012. In November 2020, he extended his contract until 2024 and was frequently promoted to the first team by Mourinho last season.
For the remaining time, the team led by Jose Mourinho played slowly to preserve their lead. And they succeeded with a minimal victory, creating an advantage before the rematch in Germany.
After the match, Mourinho praised Bove as a polite, intelligent, and professional player, who performed like a 30-year-old. The Portuguese coach said that his pupil had improved his emotional control after being given playing time in the last two seasons. “That’s my job, to help players mature, but I also know that to become such a good person, Bove truly has to have a great family behind him,” he expressed.
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