Juventus managed to salvage a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals thanks to Federico Gatti’s header deep into stoppage time. The Italian club’s hopes for a European trophy are once again reignited after a long drought. But they will need to win in the second leg next week for a chance to claim their first European title since the Champions League in 1996.
Sevilla, who have won the trophy six times, showed their prowess as title contenders by scoring first through Youssef En-Nesyri’s counterattack. However, their hopes were dampened after Lucas Ocampos had to be substituted due to an injury. Sevilla have never lost a semifinal in the Europa League.
Meanwhile, Roma kept their bid for back-to-back European titles alive by defeating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the first leg of their semifinal. Edoardo Bove scored the winner in the 63rd minute, netting his first European goal on a rebound with a left-foot strike after goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saved the initial attempt by Tammy Abraham.
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Leverkusen, led by former Mourinho protege Xabi Alonso, could not make use of their opportunities to draw level. Jeremie Frimpong also missed chance after Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a blunder.
West Ham comeback to win 2-1 in Conference League
West Ham’s comeback in the second half, spearheaded by Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio, resulted in a 2-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar at London Stadium. Benrahma successfully converted a penalty to cancel out the lead secured by the Dutch team, followed by Antonio’s close-range goal.
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Earlier, Tijjani Reijnders put the visitors ahead with a goal from outside the area just four minutes before halftime, which came a shocker for fans watching the game. The Hammers have been fighting for a European trophy since 1965 when they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
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Meanwhile, in Florence, Basel managed to turn the tables on Fiorentina, with Zeki Amdouni scoring in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 victory after Andy Diouf had equalised in the 71st minute. Despite Fiorentina attacking constantly from the start, Basel stood firm until Arthur Cabral scored the opening goal via a header for the hosts following a corner kick in the 25th minute.
With this, he has become the top scorer in this season’s league with seven goals.