Bayer Leverkusen confidently prevailed in the Round of 16 of the Europa League. Union Berlin, on the other hand, missed its first entry into the European quarter-finals.
Bayer Leverkusen have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after being struck by lightning by the unstoppable Moussa Diaby. The Rhinelanders also won the 2-0 (1-0)16 second leg at Ferencvaros Budapest on Thursday and can still dream of their second title in European football – they had won the previous competition, the UEFA Cup, in 1988.
Dream start from Diaby
Diaby (3rd) took the lead to coach Xabi Alonso’s team with the first attack, and the lightning-fast Frenchman scored not only for Ferencvaros, but also for the Hungarian audience, who prepared the team to catch up after a 2-0 loss. He asked for the first leg, and he suddenly calmed down. In the closing stages, reserve player Amine Adlı (81st) did the same. At the end of May, Leverkusen wants to return to Budapest, where the final will be played at the Ferencvaros stadium.
Berlin siege streak stops
Union Berlin’s European tour ended unfortunately at Anderlecht’s Lotto Park. At the Royale Union Saint-Gilloise of the same name, the “iron” missed the historic entry to the Europa League quarter-finals.
The Belgians were clearly superior to the tired Berliners who currently failed to win five games 3-0 (1-0). Teddy Teuma (18th minute) determined the direction of the home team with an early goal. Lazare Amani (63rd) made it all clear, Loic Lapoussin (90.4) even caused Union’s highest defeat in Europe. Substitute Janik Haberer was shown a yellow-red card for repeated foul play in the 80th minute.
draw on friday
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final draw will take place in Nyon, Switzerland this Friday, on 31 May in Budapest. The eighth round will be played on 13 and 20 April, while the semi-finals will be played on 11 and 18 May.
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