Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP 00:12, May 19, 2023Sevilla FC qualified Thursday for the final of the Europa League by beating Juventus Turin at home (2-1 after extra time). The Spanish club will face the Italians of AS Roma in the final. The opposition will take place on 31st May next in Budapest.
Thanks to a providential goal from the Argentine Erik Lamela in extra time, Sevilla FC, specialist in the competition, defeated Juventus Turin 2-1 after the draw of the first leg (1-1), and qualified for the final of the Europa League where it will face AS Roma, who fell to Bayer Leverkusen after an insipid draw (0-0), Thursday, a week after his narrow 1-0 win in Italy.
Europa League Final:
FC Sevilla-AS Roma
May 31, 2023 in Budapest
Unleashed from the start, Sevilla FC dominated Juve throughout the first half, but conceded the first goal by Dusan Vlahovic in the 65th, before Suso equalized in the wake of a superb strike from the left (71st). And in extra time, it was the Argentinian Lamela who regained the lead at the penalty point a center served by Bryan Gil (95th) to propel the Andalusian club, record holder of the number of titles in C3, to a seventh final in seven participations.
The love story continues between the little sister of the European Cups and the red and white club. Sevilla FC were close to relegation to La Liga just two months ago, and now find themselves playing a continental final against "Special One" Jose Mourinho's AS Roma.
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Seventh final for Mourinho
A year after a title in the Europa League Conference (C4) against Feyenoord Rotterdam, Jose Mourinho offered himself a new European final with AS Roma, this time at the top level in the Europa League (C3), eliminating Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night. The Romans had won the first leg 1-0 on a goal by the child of the Giallorosso club, Edoardo Bove, and resisted the pressing of Xabi Alonso's men, being very solid to snatch the draw (0-0), with a five-man defense, reinforced by the Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic.