Watch.. Leverkusen and Atalanta qualify for the Europa League final at the expense of Roma and Marseille | sports


Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Atalanta of Italy set a date in the final of the European Football League after the former tied with Roma of Italy 2-2, and Atalanta beat Marseille of France 3-1 in the second leg of the semi-finals of the tournament.

Leverkusen qualified for the Europa League final with a 2-2 draw at home against Roma – today, Thursday – and benefited from a 4-2 win on aggregate, as it won the first leg at Roma Stadium 2-0.

Coach Xabi Alonso’s team maintained its unbeaten record in 49 matches in all competitions.

Leandro Paredes opened the scoring for Roma two minutes before the end of regular time in the first half from a penalty kick after a foul by Jonathan Tah on Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun.

Paredes returned to score again and double the score for Roma in the 66th minute from another penalty kick awarded by the referee after returning to the VAR technology due to a handball on Leverkusen player Adam Hlucek.

Leverkusen reduced the gap in the 82nd minute by taking advantage of an own goal after a cross pass from a corner kick that hit Roma defender Gianluca Manchi in the face and went into his team’s net.

In the last minute of stoppage time, substitute Josip Stanisic fired a shot from inside the penalty area to equalize for Leverkusen.

Leverkusen won its only European title ever when it lifted the European Cup in 1988, and will compete for its second title at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on May 22 when it faces Atalanta, which eliminated Marseille.

Atalanta wins 3-0 over Marseille

In the other semi-final second leg, Atalanta scored a goal in the first half and two goals in the second to win 3-0 over its French guest, Marseille, and qualify for the final of the tournament.

Atalanta beat Marseille 4-1 on aggregate, after the two teams tied 1-1 in the first leg in France.

Ademola Lookman, Matteo Ruggeri and Bilal Toure took turns scoring the hat-trick for the Italian team in the match.

Lookman, the Atlanta winger, opened the scoring half an hour after the start of the match with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area after receiving the ball in the middle of the field and advancing to evade the French team’s defenders before shooting the ball.

Ruggeri increased the hosts’ lead by scoring the second goal 7 minutes after the end of the break with a powerful shot that reached the upper left corner of Marseille’s goal, before Toure added the third goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Atalanta midfielder Charles de Catellier missed the opportunity to open the score eight minutes after the starting whistle, after he fired a powerful shot that hit the post. He also missed two good scoring opportunities, the most dangerous of which was in the 36th minute after the brilliance of the French team’s goalkeeper, Pau Lopez.

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