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Milan is close to relegation and Bayer continues to break records. Powerful day in the European competition!

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 13:54:25

The first quarterfinals were played in the Europa League and the Conference League. Two Russian legionnaires participated in them: Alexey Miranchuk from Atalanta and Magomed Ozdoev from PAOK. The main events of these matches are in our review.

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Miranchuk started the game at Anfield on the bench. In the first half, Liverpool had the ball 70% of the time, but Jurgen Klopp’s team lacked scoring chances. Although once the locals were very close to scoring when the ball, after a shot by Elliott, hit the crossbar, bounced off the post and flew onto the field. But Atalanta took advantage of its opportunity. The Bergamascos came out of the pressure well on the right wing and Scamacca, after passing to the center of the area, fired a great shot to the wing.

Klopp demanded his team add fire, but what did Scamacca do that night? After the hour mark, the striker, who had not developed in England, scored a double. The scoring attack again came from the right flank and Konate created depth instead of offside. This cost Liverpool the goal they conceded. Klopp’s team was not like himself, Scamacca could have scored a hat-trick. Then Salah still scored, but from offside, but Pasalic avoided the offside when a turnover in the center of the field led to Atalanta’s counterattack and the third goal. Only when the score was 3:0 in favor of his team, Gian Piero Gasperini replaced Miranchuk. The Russian, entering the field in the 89th minute, only managed to touch the ball twice. However, he was involved in the sensational victory at Anfield.

Bayer took the ball from the first minutes, put West Ham in the third and began to attack, combining with a large group of players, as they like and know how. The score at half time was 18:1! It is true that none of the five shots on goal scored a goal for Xabi Alonso’s team.

West Ham held on until the 83rd minute and in the end everything was decided by a set piece. Bayer not only extended its unbeaten streak since the beginning of the season to 42 matches (this is a record for the Leverkusen club and for all German teams in general), but also won with a good score in a two-match confrontation. Xabi Alonso’s men scored their two goals from corner kicks. Hoffman had a good rebound and Boniface played well in the air: he finished with a precise header.

Daniele De Rossi’s team opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a corner kick. Dybala masterfully executed the set piece, sending the ball to the right place, and for some reason Milan’s defenders abandoned Mancini. The defender scored with a header. It is true that Roma’s corner seemed to have been won thanks to a referee error: during the attack the Romans were not penalized for offside.

This goal was the only one of the match at San Siro. In the second half, Milan failed to come back, despite having taken 25 shots against Roma during the match (only five on goal). De Rossi continues his successful streak leading the Romans; So far, the appointment of him in place of José Mourinho has been fully justified.

In the first half, Marseille did not have a single shot on goal against Benfica, and the hosts only needed two shots on goal to score. After attacking in the center, Rafa Silva put the ball in the net. The former Spartacist Gigot and the rest of the French defenders played this episode without success.

After the break, Benfica scored the second goal thanks to a quick four-on-three attack. David Neres, who did not join Zenit in the summer, passed the goal to Di María. But midway through the second half, Marseille finally showed signs of life. The team was taken out by its scorer Aubameyang: the forward, taking advantage of an error by Antonio Silva, realized the one-on-one.

Conference League quarterfinal results

The match between Viktoria Plzen and Fiorentina turned out to be the most boring of the day. Miroslav Koubek and Vincenzo Italiano’s teams scored just 0.49 goals between them in terms of xG. The violets took the ball and had it 73% of the time, however, of ten of their shots, only two were on goal. The locals were limited to only three hits and one hit. A goal would have woken up Viktoria Plzen against Fiorentina, but it was apparently postponed until the second leg in Florence. Although the Czechs would probably immediately accept the penalty shoot-out.

From what happened during the hour of the match between Olympiacos and Fenerbahce, one could conclude that the Istanbul team went out onto the field again to protest something. Fortounis scored a quick goal in the 8th minute, Jovetic made it 2:0 after half an hour of play and at the end of the hour the Greeks won big: Chiquinho scored the third goal against the Turks. However, Fenerbahçe, with former army player Bekao and former Dynamo player Szymanski in the lineup, was able to return to the game thanks to a penalty and maintain intrigue for the second leg. Tadic converted the penalty and then Kahveci scored off a pass from Szymanski.

Aston Villa scored a goal relatively early, making good use of a set piece. McGinn took the corner well and Watkins headed just as well. After that, Lille pressed and had more possession of the ball, and the home team did not feel very comfortable in a game like that.

However, early in the second half, Aston Villa surprised the Lille defense again by making a mistake on a set piece. The home team played a corner and then followed up with a pass to McGinn in the semicircle. For some reason, the defenders left the dangerous zone free and the Scot scored with a cold blow.

But the British did not maintain a comfortable lead before the trip to France. In this match, all the goals were scored from set pieces! Cabella, a former Krasnodar midfielder, scored a corner pass to Diakite.

Ozdoev appeared in PAOK’s starting eleven. Already in the 6th minute, the Russian legionnaire and his teammates from the Greek team watched with sadness as the ball entered the goal of their Croatian goalkeeper Kotarski. A precise shot by Norwegian midfielder Vetlesen was the only shot on goal between the two teams before the break.

Ozdoev played 72 minutes and was substituted when the score was 1:0. The Russian’s statistics: 26 touches of the ball, 79% accurate passes, one dribble, three tackles and four of five fights won. Already without Ozdoev, PAOK scored a penalty in their own goal: Kotarski arrived late to the ball and committed a foul. However, the Croatian himself corrected himself by stopping Thiago’s 11-meter shot.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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