Wolverhampton 0 Sevilla 1 & Shakhtar Donetsk 4 Basel FC 1 Review
2019-20 Europa League quarter-final reviews;
Missed penalty by Jimenez ends Wolves' European dream
Raul Jimenez's missed penalty cost Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolverhampton dearly as they crashed out of the 2019-20 Europa League quarter finals at Duisburg, Germany on Tuesday night.
Wolverhampton 0 Sevilla 1
The 13th minute of the Duisburg tie saw the powerful Adama Traore surging down the flanks from inside his own half, leaving defenders in his wake.
The only way to stop him once he was inside the box turned out to be a chop from behind by Diego Carlos and a penalty award ensued.
The normally reliable Jimenez shot to the left from the spot, a move that Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou guessed correctly and parred the ball away with Joao Moutinho failing to direct home when the ball fell loose.
The five-times Europa League winners quickly regained control after the let-off with the Wolves’ rhythm faltering.
The only effort for the English club before the interval was a looping one over the crossbar from Joao Moutinho. Sevilla were enjoying more possession but struggled to break down an organised Wolves defense.
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Ever Banega’s long-range effort landing comfortably in goalkeeper Rui Patricio's lap was the best they could muster going into half-time.
Julen Lopetegui's men hogged possession in the second half, but Wolves continued their stoic defense. On the rare occasion Ocampos got in behind them, Leander Dendoncker nipped in with a timely interception before Joan Jordan could get a shot away and preventing the Spanish side from getting a certain lead.
Jordan’s claims that Ruben Neves had handled in the box were ignored by the referee and the Sevilla midfielder was soon frustrated again as Dendoncker got back to stop him getting away with a close-range shot.
The Wolves were well and truly pinned down now with Youssef En-Nesyri attempting a strike to the near post and Jules Kounde powering a header over. Ever Banega’s free-kick was somehow prevented by Patricio from creeping in and En-Nesyri saw his header blocked as Sevilla continued with their relentless pressure.
The breakthrough finally came for the La Liga side when Banega whipped in a brilliant cross from the right and Ocampos glanced a header past Patricio with just 2 minutes of the stipulated 90 minutes left.
Sevilla's dominance was manifest from the fact that the Wolves did not manage a single shot on target in the 77 minutes following the penalty attempt in the 13th minute.
Nuno Santo's men mostly hung on for large swathes of the game with a solid defensive performance while Lopetegui's men made as many as 18 attempts on goal during that period.
It was a heartbreaking end for Nuno Santo's Wolves whose pandemic-disrupted 2019-20 season lasted 383 days and without any European football next year, they could struggle to hold on to some of their key players.
Sevilla with this win have set themselves up for a semi-final clash with Manchester United on the 16th of August in Cologne, Germany.
Goals from Brazilians power Shakhtar into semi-finals
Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk progressed to their third Europa League semifinals when they blanked Basel FC 4-1 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Tuesday. The goals all came from Brazilians who crowd the club's ranks.
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Junior Moraes set the ball rolling for Shakhtar in just the 2nd minute of play for his 26th of the season with a header off a corner kick from Marlos, another Brazilian.
Taison scored Shakhtar's 2nd on a deflected shot from inside the box to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with Marlos again providing the assist. Alan Patrick fired one home from the penalty spot after Taison drew a foul from Basel defender Yannick Marchand inside the box.
Domilson Santos aka “Dodo” completed the rout with the Ukrainian side's fourth of the night.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel scored a consolation goal for Basel coming in the 2nd minute of stoppage time.
Shakhtar will face Inter Milan in Dusseldorf on Monday, 17 August for the 2nd semi-final.
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