Europa League: Benfica beat the Germans 4-2. Sarri wins against Slavia Prague, wins Valencia at Villarreal
Three goals in a Europa League quarter-final at 19 is not easily forgotten. Joao Felix knows it well, the Portuguese baby prodigy in tears after his third personal goal against Eintracht Frankfurt: he is the face of the night, his Benfica win by 4-2 is the result of the evening. The scoreboard of the quarters, in addition to the defeat of Napoli against Arsenal, is completed with two away wins: Chelsea goes to Prague, Valencia’s shot at Villarreal.
BENFICA-EINTRACHT 4-2 – Eintracht defeat (in ten) by Benfica. Evan Ndicka stretches Gedson Fernandes face to face against Trapp, guests remain in ten and Joao Felix does not fail from eleven meters. Despite the numerical superiority, the Portuguese do not sink. And in the 40th minute, like a flash, the German gol arrives: Rebic recovers the ball and instead of kicking serves the usual Jovic, who has only to push into the net. The 1 to 1, however, lasts only three minutes: Benfica comes back again to win with Felix, a great goal from outside. The first half ended with two goal-balls for the 3-1 and a goal canceled at the Eintracht for Da Costa’s passive offside on Kostic’s shot. Benfica pushes at the start of recovery and closes the accounts: at 50° Joao Felix, do hat-trick . The Germans at the 72nd minute a soft header from Paciencia shortens the gap: the qualification remains open.
SLAVIA PRAGA-CHELSEA 0-1 – Marcos Alonso gives Sarri a heavy victory in the Czech Republic. Outside David Luiz, Kantè, Hazard and Higuain, the former Napoli coach presents a brand new Chelsea. The first half is complicated for the Blues, who initially suffer from the intensity of the Slavia: the only attemp by Chelsea is signed Willian, who at 25 minutes unloads a powerful right which is printed on the crossbar. But the Chelsea approach changes with the return from the locker room: excellent chances for Willian and Rudiger close to the hour of play. Sarri risk Hazard and Kantè, but the Slavia proof is good: great right-footer of Traorè on the counterattack, Kepa responds present. Marcos Alonso takes the lead in Chelsea: Willian’s cross, the Spaniard’s winning header at 86 ‘ and gol.
VILLARREAL-VALENCIA 1-3 – Valencia is rampant and the qualification is near. In the first 5 minutes, Valencia forward with a penalty: Parejo is hypnotized by Fernandez, but Guedes do goal. On 36 ‘ another penalty but for the Villareal. Santi Cazorla shows up from the spot and makes no mistake: 1-1. In the recovery comes the coup of Valencia: Wass finds the 2-1 with a left-handed under the intersection (90 ‘), three minutes later in counterattack Guedes exploits the assist of Cheryshev and fixes the score on the 3-1.
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