Updates: 14.04.2022 23:45
Prague – Czech football players Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal helped West Ham in retaliation for the quarter-finals of the European League to win 3-0 in Lyon, and after a 1: 1 draw from the opening duel, they celebrate advancing to the semifinals. In it, they will face Frankfurt, which surprisingly won 3: 2 on the Barcelona field and eliminated the favorite of the competition.
The second semi-final pair consists of another German team Leipzig and Scottish Rangers. After winning 1: 1 from last week, Leipzig won 2: 0 in Bergamo today. The Rangers reversed the development of the double match and dealt with Braga at home 3: 1 after extra time. The semifinal matches are scheduled for April 28 and May 5.
Lyon was able to get into the lead quickly, but Toko Ekambi shot only a stick. Shortly before the break, West Ham struck from his great corner kick discipline, with stopper Dawson gaining ground. In the 44th minute, he increased Rice and finished the crushing ten-minute, albeit with an interrupted break, in the 48th minute from the break Bowen. The English national team scored in both matches.
Souček and Coufal played the whole match, midfielder Alex Král remained on the bench. The “Hammers” are in the semifinals of the European Cup for the first time since 1976.
After a 1: 1 home draw, Frankfurt led in Barcelona from the fourth minute, when he turned Kostič into a penalty kick. The Serbian national team had fingers in the second goal, after his pass he led the ball to Borre’s shot and increased the lead with an exhibition shot.
The Catalans were not helped by the early rally, and after 15 matches, their series of invincibility ended. In the 67th minute, the hero of the match Kostič insured the surprising progress, although the home team still corrected the score in the setting. Busquets gave Barcelona little hope and closed the match in the eleventh minute of the set time with Depay’s penalty kick. Eintracht is among the top four in the European League again after three years.
Germany will have double representation in the next phase. Christopher Nkunku scored both Leipzig goals, confirming his position as the team’s most productive player. The 24-year-old French national team has a balance of 30 goals and 18 assists in all competitions this season. In Bergamo, he first established himself up close after Laimer’s return pass in the 18th minute and finally added a fuse from the penalty kick, which he himself won.
The “Red Bulls” reached the semifinals of the European Cup for the second time in the club’s short history. In the 2019/20 season, they were even among the top four teams in the Champions League.
The Rangers were the only ones in retaliation at home, who erased the shortfall from the opening duel in the second minute, when Tavernier prevailed. The captain of the team was awarded a penalty after 44 minutes of play.
Even weak, Braga sent the match into overtime thanks to Carma, but in the 101st minute Roofe decided. Medeiros was soon eliminated and the Portuguese team of nine players could no longer dramatize the end of the match.
Results of retaliatory quarterfinals of the European Football League
Bergamo – Lipsko 0: 2 (0: 1)
Goals: 18th and 87th from pen. Nkunku. The first match 1: 1, Leipzig advanced.
FC Barcelona – Eintracht Frankfurt 2: 3 (0: 2)
Goals: 90. + 1 Busquets, 90. + 11 Depay with pen. – 4. z pen. and 67. Kostic, 36. Borre. RC: 90. + 11 N’Dicka (Frankfurt). The first match 1: 1, Frankfurt advanced.
Lyon – West Ham United 0:3 (0:2)
Goals: 38. Dawson, 44. Rice, 48. Bowen. First match 1: 1, West Ham advanced.
Glasgow Rangers – Braga 3: 1 after extra time (2: 1, 2: 0)
Goals: 2nd and 44th from pen. Tavernier, 101. Roofe – 83. Carmo. ČK: 42. Tormena, 105. Medeiros (both Braga). First match 0: 1, Rangers advanced.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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