UEFA Europa League Round of 16 week review (2)
Ok, without further introduction, let’s review the matches of UEFA Europa League round of 16.
Slavia Prague 4-3 Sevilla (6-5 aggregate)
First leg: Sevilla 2-2 Slavia Prague
Let me say this was the most interesting match this round and competition could offer. Without a doubt. I remember saying last week’s article that, Sevilla’s qualification would be difficult cause they suck on away grounds. Well, this statement is no less funny when I think about the difference between these two teams, but alas, it was based on Sevilla’s awful form lately. However, I didn’t think Slavia could be push this far and Sevilla fall this bad. Czech teams do have a habit of obtaining occasional performances in Europa League, but I always thought of Viktoria Plzen and Sparta Prague whenever that happened. Slavia was just the team that’s only ever once been in the Champions League group stages and then battled relegation for the years to come. Ironically, they met Sevilla back then. A 0-3 at home and a 2-4 at Seville. A revenge after 12 years.
Now, for the match itself, it was crazy. Slavia opened the score through Ngadeu in the 14th minute. Ben Yedder equalised in the 44th minute, through a penalty conceded after Kolar made a foul on Quincy Promes, thus the match was 1-1 at half break. One minute after the kick off, Jesus Navas made a foul on Jan Boril and it was Slavia’s turn to receive a penalty. Tomas Soucek converted it right, making it 2-1. 8 minutes later, Sevilla equalised again, through El Haddadi. After a couple of wasted chances from both sides, the match ended 2-2, thus going on extra-time. In the 98th minute, Sevilla took the lead for the first time in this game, as Franco Vazquez scored for 2-3. From that point on, everyone thought it was over. Four minutes later, Van Buren equalised (3-3) but Sevilla still qualified at that score due to the away goals rule. Slavia continued pressing for another goal and, when no one was hoping anymore, Traore scored the winner in the very last minute.
You gotta love football. One team can go from eliminating Manchester United from being eliminated by Slavia Prague in a matter of a single goddamn year. Cheers for Slavia!
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Inter Milan (1-0 aggregate)
One would like to call it a surprise, but honestly, nothing Inter Milan ever does in European football is surprising. Honestly, when thinking how beautiful was the choreography the fans made for the club’s 120th birthday, I, personally, would have qualified Frankfurt to the quarter-finals back then and there. That moment was above everything that happened on the pitch in both legs.
The only goal of the match was scored in the 5th minute by Luka Jovic.