Sad point: Roma lost to Sevilla in 1/8 finals of the Europa League

YEREVAN, August 6 – Sputnik. Italian “Rum” has lost to the Spanish “Seville” in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League with the score 0:2.

Given that in the final part of the playoffs will be only one match (due to coronavirus), “Roma” has not passed the quarter-finals.

Roma, already losing to Sevilla in speed and pressure, was forced to play without Chris Smalling replacing, not inferior opponents nor that but in a different. But because of two yellow cards, the Englishman was forced to miss this game and the centre for the protection of the Romans “hung”. Here Paulo Fonseca sent of Roger ibañez, but he was powerless against the barrage of counterattacks Sevilla.


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Roma midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan during a football match 1/8 finals of UEFA Europa League between Sevilla and Roma (6 August 2020). Duisburg, Germany

At first, after a corner, the crossbar struck the Frenchman Jules Kunda, and in a few minutes ibáñez did not have time to break for a counterattack, Sergio Regelianum. Receiving the ball, he struck so quickly that Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez didn’t manage to take a position on the goal line.

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About Sevilla scored a second goal in the 43rd minute, the Moroccan al-Nasir scored after a fine break through the Argentine of as Monaco, which proved to be one of the best in the match. In another sharp counter attack, he managed to cross the protection of the Roma, and Ibanez again missed the end of the attack in midfield.

Sevilla outplayed Roma at speed, not only in running, but in gear. In contrast, defensive Midfielders Roma spent a lot of time at the beginning of the attacks. As a result, the ball did not reach to the center of the attack – neither Dzeko nor Mkhitaryan. Not reached the penalty area and crosses Spinazzola left. Only once Jacko has managed to overcome the defenders and received a strong pass from the midfield. But speed – not its strongest party: to the ball he just doesn’t have time.


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Roma midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan and midfielder Sevilla Suso during a football match 1/8 finals of UEFA Europa League between Sevilla and Roma (6 August 2020). Duisburg, Germany

One more time a good pass from Cristante got Bruno Peres, but spent too much time handling the ball.

To beat rivals in the martial arts could only Nikolo Zaniolo, but he was not able to create dangerous moments.

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In addition, Sevilla dry and hard played defense, and in such a situation, “Roma” is also not feel very comfortable. Once in the penalty brought down Dzeko in the penalty area – Zaniolo. But both times, the first defenders kicked the ball and then fell on another’s feet. So the judge gave neither a penalty nor a free kick.

Early in the second half, the players Roma have managed to create several dangerous moments. First Mkhitaryan, shifted slightly to the left, struck from the penalty line dangerous kick: the ball went about two feet from the rod.


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Pause because of the heat during a football match 1/8 finals of UEFA Europa League between Sevilla and Roma (6 August 2020). Duisburg, Germany

Then, almost the only time during the game, Roma have spent high-speed attack with one touch. Mitran, ran into the penalty area and passed to Pellegrini (who came instead of Zaniolo), and the one on Dzeko. The Bosnian struck, without wasting time.

If such attacks were more, maybe the game would have been a little straightening. But by the middle of the second half, “Seville” and it blocked the way for the Romans.

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The end game was held in the attacks, “Seville”, which became more and more dangerous. First goal was scored by Jules Kunda, which is only slightly turned out. Then from a free-kick in the crossbar struck the Argentine ever Banega. At the end of the game the goalkeeper “Rums” Pau Lopez had to repel several dangerous attacks, whereas attack Roma were suppressed not on the outskirts of the penalty, and in the middle of the field.

In one of the last episodes of the match lost patience Gianluca Mancini, hit the opponent. Twenty seconds before the final whistle in the 80th minute of added time, it was removed from the field.


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Referee Bjorn Kuipers shows the red card during a football match 1/8 finals of UEFA Europa League between Sevilla and Roma (6 August 2020). Duisburg, Germany

Under such unhappy ending “Rum” leaves League of Europe and begins to prepare for next season.

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