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      UEL & UECL quarter-final round-up

      2024/04/18 23:45

      The quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Europa Conference League concluded this evening with some dramatic, fascinating and entertaining ties in both competitions.

      With Bayern Munich facing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund taking on Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in a couple of weeks, this is how the UEL and UECL semis have taken shape after this evening’s action…


      Atalanta 0-1 Liverpool [3-1]

      Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Benfica [2-2] (AET 1-0 PENS 4-2)

      Roma 2-1 Milan [3-1]

      West Ham United 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen [1-3]

      Despite Mohamed Salah giving Liverpool a much-needed early lead from the penalty spot in Bergamo, Atalanta comfortably saw off the Reds after their 3-0 demolition at Anfield last week. They will take on Marseille in the semi-finals after the Ligue 1 side edged past Benfica on penalties at Stade Velodrome thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 11th goal of the UEFA Europa League season levelling things up on aggregate in normal time. 

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      In the other side of the draw, West Ham were dominant in the first half against the new Bundesliga winners Bayer Leverkusen but the Germans scored late on to keep their unbeaten record intact and progress into the final four. Roma, despite going down to ten men in the first-half, had a 2-0 lead on the night and a 3-0 aggregate lead over Milan at half-time of the second-leg in their all-Italian tie with the Rossoneri and eventually eased through with a 2-1 win on the night. 

      Semi-final draw:

      Atalanta vs Olympique de Marseille

      Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen


      Fenerbahce 1-0 Olympiakos [3-3] (AET 1-0 PENS 2-3)

      Fiorentina 0-0 Viktoria Plzen [0-0] (AET 2-0)

      Lille 2-1 Aston Villa [3-3] (AET 2-1 PENS 3-4)

      PAOK Salonika 0-2 Club Brugge [0-3]

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      After a thriller last week, Fenerbahce and Olympiakos were taken to extra-time with Fener edging it 1-0 on the night. Olympiakos, though, with last season’s UEFA Europa League winning coach Jose Luis Mendilibar at the helm, overcame the Turks on penalties in Istanbul. Aston Villa will be their semi-final opponents after Unai Emery’s men also needed penalties with Emiliano Martinez up to his old tricks in the shootout in Lille after Lille had won 2-1 on the night.

      Last season’s runners’ up in this competition Fiorentina underwhelmed once again and were taken to extra-time by Viktoria Plzen after 180 goalless minutes but I Viola eventually overcame their Czech opponents by two goals to nil in the extra 30. Club Brugge pulled off a very impressive 2-0 defeat of PAOK in Thessaloniki to win 3-0 on aggregate and setup a semi-final tie with Fiorentina in a couple of weeks. 

      Semi-final draw:

      Fenerbahce vs Aston Villa

      Fiorentina vs Club Brugge


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      2024-04-19 00h55m by banderson1976
      What a night of football! Exciting and dramatic ties in both the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. Congrats to Atalanta, Marseille, Roma, and Bayer Leverkusen for securing their spots in the semis. Tough luck for Liverpool though, better luck next time. Can't wait for the semis to begin!
      2024-04-19 00h18m by eyoungs8
      Wow, what a night for Europa League fans! Atalanta really showed their strength against Liverpool and deservedly secured their spot in the semis. But let's not forget the incredible performance from Marseille, who fought hard to overcome Benfica in a thrilling penalty shootout. And what about Roma's impressive win over Milan Can't wait to see what these teams bring in the next round.


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