In the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, the winners of the group stage face the teams that have passed the knockout stages. The European League returns on Thursday with the second leg of the Round of 16. We are evaluating issues.
Crvina Zvezda – Rangers (First leg: 0-3)
There’s a whiff of nostalgia for Rangers’ 2022 journey reminiscent of the 2008 UEFA Cup campaign when Scotland reached the final, but no one in the camp got carried away after the first leg. It would be easy to dismiss the assertion of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the Rangers manager, as false humility “It was a very difficult match”But this ruling may have been fairer than the result. The Serbian side saw three goals disallowed at Ibrox, so hope is not lost, but they must find a way to neutralize Rangers’ free-kick threat.
Monaco – Braga (0-2)
With the tournament’s top scorer Galeano leaving Braga for Porto in January, Monaco could have felt confident going into this confrontation had they managed to keep Ricardo Horta cool in the first leg. They did, but the Portuguese team found a solution. Abel Ruiz and Vitor Oliveira scored the net for Carlos Carvalhal’s men, while central defender Fabiano made a superb cross for the second goal. Can Monaco recover after scoring just seven goals in so many matches in the tournament this year?
Leverkusen – Atalanta (2-3)
“Scoring that second goal was very important,” Gerardo Siwan said of Moussa Diaby’s efforts that limited Leverkusen’s losses in Italy last week. The German team will need more than rest on their own court and although they can rejoice in their efficiency, Werkself only had two shots on target in the first leg. Atalanta dominated for long periods, and Luis Morel’s double underlined the offensive threat the Italian team still poses. If Leverkusen overcommitted, visitors would make them pay.
Galatasaray – Barcelona (0-0)
Last week, Galatasaray provided some European light to combat the domestic gloom that has gripped the club, sticking to the game plan and scoring their opponents. Can they repeat this feat in front of their supporters? It is unlikely that Barcelona will make the same mistakes twice, and the return of Sergio Busquets and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the formation could allow the Catalans to return to the level they reached against Napoli in the last round. If they succeed, it will be difficult to control them.
Lyon – Porto (1-0)
In France, it would be different., Porto coach Sergio Conceicao promised, who will resort to new legs to find offensive momentum? Ottavio’s suspension means there will be at least one change, with Tony Martinez expected to return to his role as a substitute. Galeano, who was the European League’s top scorer, was also very instrumental when he played in the first leg, and the benches contributed to three of the four goals he scored against Tondela on Sunday.
West Ham – Seville (0-1)
Sevilla’s position as a wise old owl and West Ham’s position as an inexperienced newcomer to this competition were personified by two outstanding players in the first leg. In the person of Jesus Navas, 36, the Spanish team showed calm and serenity. In the opposing ranks, Declan Rice, 23, embodied the spirit and determination of hammers. There wasn’t much to choose between teams or individuals that night, but only one of them – the Europa League master or the trainee – could make it to the quarter-finals.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Real Betis (2-1).
The game is open “He should know that,” Betis goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said after the first leg. Bravo saved a series of high-quality saves in the second half, making three saves for Raphael Boré, including from a penalty kick, to keep Betis in the race. According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, this means “extra life” For Manuel Pellegrini’s men, but do they still have enough energy to seize their chance?