So much balance and verdicts still to be written after the first leg of the quarter-finals of Conference League. Only the Marseille shows a clear superiority in terms of the game, but does not go beyond a 2-1 that allows the Paok Thessaloniki to trust in the comeback within friendly walls. Without winners or losers the other two challenges: equal to white nets between Leicester And Psv Eindhovenwhile the comparison between Feyenoord And Slavia Prague gives a spectacular 3-3, with continuous twists.
El Kaddouri keeps the Paok running
Deprived of the injured Milik, Marseille dominated the match against Paok, but only won 2-1, a result that kept the qualification speech open. One-way first half at the Velodrome, where the French are absolute masters of the field. Marseille unlocks the game at 13 ‘with the left of the former Roma player Gerson and nearly doubled on more than one occasion, without however being able to pierce the defense of Paok. When the teams are about to return to the locker room Payet, author of the assist for the first goal, takes care of bringing the French to 2-0 with a volley from outside the area that bags at the corner of the posts.
At the Paok, a blaze at the beginning of the second half is enough to call everything into question. At 48 ′ the newly entered El Kaddouri surprises Mandanda under the crossbar. Olympique returns to press to put two goals away between themselves and the Greeks, but slams on Paschalakis who, after having foiled a punishment from Payet, is overcome with a double intervention in the 74th minute, with which he avoids the own goal and is instinctively opposes Saliba’s tap-in. In the recovery, Marseille also remain in ten, following the second yellow to Gerson who will miss the return match in Thessaloniki.
Bodo-Roma 2-1: Pellegrini is not enough, Norway still bitter for Mourinho
by Matteo Pinci
Leicester does not break through against PSV
The first leg between Leicester and PSV ends without goals. Above all thanks to a performance of great defensive application by the Dutch, who leave the initiative to the hosts, without risking too much. Leicester City Stadium, where the Foxes have not lost since January 19, is confirmed as a fort, but Brendan Rodgers’ men were confident that they would be able to make better use of the home factor. The hosts build the clearest opportunity in the 44th minute, when Barnes’s left footed by Iheanacho makes the crossbar tremble. Not even the pinwheel of the changes manages to break the balance in a challenge that in the second half offers few emotions. Decisive for access to the semifinals will be the return of Eindhoven, scheduled for next week.
Rome, Mourinho: “Plastic field, worried about Mancini’s injury. We remain favorites with Bodo”
Six goals between Feyenoord and Slavia Prague
The first match of the first leg of the quarter-finals between Feyenoord and Slavia Prague ends with a pyrotechnic 3-3. In Rotterdam the challenge, after an endless whirlwind of emotions, rewards the guests who manage to grab the same last breath, when the Dutch were already looking forward to success. To unlock the score, after just 10 minutes, he thinks about it Sinisterra carrying Feyenoord forward with a right surgeon from inside the area. The Czechs draw the score at 41 ‘with Olayinka and overturn the situation at 67’ with Sor, who supports the net from a few steps on an assist from Schranz.
The host advantage lasts just three minutes, thwarted by the paw of Senesi at the end of a scrum. The De Kuip stadium explodes in the 86th minute, when Kocku’s free-kick earned the Dutch 3-2. To send back the scream in the throat of the Feyenoord fans is the seal of the Ivorian Traoré, who at 95 ‘sets the result at 3-3.