Europa League: Wolves, Sevilla, Basel, Leverkusen reach quarter-finals

first_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King RemakeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up TodayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Premier League side Wolves reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night alongside Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen and Basel enjoyed far more comfortable victories in the games that brought the round of 16 to a belated close. Raul Jimenez netted the only goal from the penalty spot in the ninth minute and Wolves survived a series of scares to edge Olympiakos 1-0 at Molineux for a 2-1 aggregate win in a tie that began in Athens on March 13. Leverkusen defeated visiting Rangers 1-0 to win 4-1 on aggregate while Basel beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 for a 4-0 aggregate victory. Sevilla cruised past Roma 2-0 in a one-off Europa League game played at neutral Duisburg, which will one of the host grounds when the Rhineland region of Germany hosts the last three rounds of the competition from August 10-21. At Molineux, Bobby Allain, the visitors’ Franco-Scottish goalkeeper, failed to control a back pass in the seventh minute. Daniel Podence, who scored for Olympiakos at Tottenham in September but moved to Wolves in January, darted in and stole the ball.Advertisement Reguilon surged past two defenders and into the box before sliding a low shot past Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez’s foot.Sevilla added a second on the counter-attack in the 43rd minute.Lucas Ocampos burst down the right and after Lopez failed to cut out the low cross, Youssef En Neysri finished into an empty net from close range.Sevilla, coached by former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, dominated as they stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions and kept on course to add to their record five Europa League titles.“We are a team in every sense of the word. We want to win this tournament, we want to win everything we can,” said Reguilon. Sevilla’s Sergio Reguilon celebrates his goal against Roma It was a tame end to a dramatic day for Roma.The club announced earlier Thursday that it had been bought by US billionaire Dan Friedkin for 591 million euros ($700 million).“We’ve got to accept that Sevilla were superior,” said Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.In Basel, defender Fabien Frei scored the only goal in the 88th minute as the home team won 1-0 to complete an aggregate 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.In Leverkusen, Moussa Diaby scored the only goal after 51 minutes to complete a comfortable victory for Bayer, who won 3-1 in Glasgow in March.“We had the chances to score one or two more times tonight and in the rounds to come we have to make sure that we’re more clinical,” said Leverkusen captain Lars Bender.center_img Read Also: Chelsea may incur £84m deficit after off-loading ten-name stars“But the most important thing about tonight was getting the ball rolling, avoiding injuries and re-establishing rhythm.”In the quarter-finals, Bayer will make the short trip to Dusseldorf to face Inter Milan on August 10, Basel will play Shakhtar Donetsk in Gelsenkirchen the next night.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Allain clumsily bundled his former clubmate over and Jimenez converted the penalty. The Greek champions, who had drawn at Tottenham in the Champions League and won at Arsenal in the Europa League this season, responded by dominating possession. They created a string of chances but were thwarted by good saves by Rui Patricio, a tight offside decision and their own inaccurate finishing. Wolves, who began their Europa League campaign on July 25 last year against Crusaders in the second qualifying round, will next face Sevilla at Duisburg on August 11. “A long, long season,” Jimenez said. “Now we are in the quarter-finals and we want to keep going.” Sevilla were also in Duisburg on Thursday where they took the lead against Roma after 22 minutes. Captain and right back Jesus Navas switched play with a cross-field pass to left back Sergio Reguilon that caught Roma flat-footed.last_img read more

Villa boss Dean Smith looking forward to working with new assistant John Terry

first_img no dice Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford Smith supported Villa growing up New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes John Terry joining his backroom staff will work well.Smith, who joined the Villans on a two-and-a-half-year contract from Brentford last week, is the club’s fifth permanent manager to be appointed in the last three years. MONEY The former defender started as manager at Walsall in 2009 before moving to Brentford three years ago.Smith, who played for Walsall, Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient, insisted he was not an emotional decision to come to Villa.“It means a lot, due to my allegiances as a child and my father working here for 25 years as a steward,” said the 47-year-old, who replaced the sacked Steve Bruce.“People sometimes forget I’ve been involved in professional football for 30 years and none of those have been with Aston Villa. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Terry was unable to help Villa to promotion back to the Premier League last season 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “They’re a team, Richard and John. At Walsall (with O’Kelly) we could get by and needed to just work with two, at Brentford there was scope to add one more coach.“When we came here Richard and John will be involved in everything. Team selection, training, coaching, planning. I have an open door policy and I will take advice and opinions.”Dean Smith and John Terry can lead Aston Villa to promotion THIS SEASON, talkSPORT toldSmith, whose father was a steward at Villa Park, grew up supporting the club but has never been involved with Villa during his professional career. Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News ADVICE center_img BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 4 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 “My allegiance was as a kid and I’ve always kept hold of that but this wasn’t an emotional decision. It was a rational decision, the emotion comes from the rest of the family and friends.”Sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has also joined Villa this month while new chief executive Christian Purslow arrived in August.“We now have a set-up that can build from the top down a truly excellent football club,” said Purslow.“You have to make excellent appointments to be successful and that is what we have done with getting Dean in as head coach. huge blow Terry – who played for Villa last season before announcing his retirement earlier this month – has been appointed as his assistant, along with Richard O’Kelly who follows Smith from Brentford.Former Chelsea and England skipper Terry made 36 appearances for Villa last season.Smith said: “When I was at Brentford I worked with Richard and Thomas Frank, it’s only natural you have another one on the coaching team to work with.“John has a wealth of experience, we all know he has played at the top level and has always been interested in coaching. Villa’s managing director Christian Purslow has suggested Smith will be given money to spend in January “It has been a very hectic 30 days in post but I think we are moving in the right direction.”last_img read more