Category Archives: Europa League news

Lukaku reached Ronaldo’s achievement after the Europa League final

Scoring both the opponent’s net and the home team, the criminal Lukaku is still honored with a series of records comparable to two legendary Ronaldo.

Before the final match between Inter Milan vs Sevilla, it was said Ronaldo de Lima’s record 34 goals a season. At that time, Lukaku had 33 goals. He only need to add at least 1 goal in the final. Then, the Belgian striker will officially match the legend called “Alien”. And Lukaku has done it.

As a fate, it was Lukaku who fired the first shot of the rain of goals in the final of the Europa League this year. He had a successful penalty kick in the 5 minutes. Therefore, Romelu Lukaku officially equalized the record of 34 goals in the first season of Ro “fat” (season 1997/1998).

Lukaku brought a 11m result for Inter Milan quite early before scoring an own goal

And the Belgian striker got off to a bad start, giving Inter a penalty just three minutes after rushing past Diego Carlos in a counterattack before being fouled by the Sevilla midfielder in the penalty area. On the 11m end, Lukaku calmly finished and gave Inter the lead.

This goal is Lukaku’s 34th goal for Inter Milan this season in all competitions. Thereby, he equalized Ronaldo’s record in Brazil 1997/98. In his first season with Inter, Ronaldo scored 25 goals in Serie A, three in Coppa Italia, and six in the UEFA Cup, including a goal against Lazio in the final for Inter to win the UEFA Cup.

But if Ronaldo scored only 6 goals in the European arena that season, for Lukaku this was the ninth goal of the season (7 goals in the Europa League, 2 goals in the Champions League). Besides, Lukaku also had 6 consecutive matches in the European Cup. He was the first person to do this since Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2012-2013 period.

Lukaku also reached the record of Cristiano Ronaldo

Still, with the goal on the penalty spot, Lukaku has set a record of scoring in six consecutive knockout matches. Before that, Cristiano Ronaldo was the man who held this record.

Lukaku has broken 2 records of two best strikers in two periods of football history. But overall, this is still a forgotten day for the Belgian striker. Although he scored for Inter, it was also Lukaku who closed the Italian team’s championship dream, with an ungainly home goal.

Sevilla as the legendary champion in the Europa League history

The Europa League is considered to be the ideal tournament for Sevilla to win a Cup and keep growing – what they did five times in the 2006-2016 period.

Sevilla did not win a title in 50 years until they won the UEFA Cup – the predecessor of the Europa League – in 2006. In 2007, they won the Cup again. Then in a row in 2014, 2015, 2016, Sevilla was crowned, when the tournament was called the Europa League.

Sevilla was one of Spain’s biggest football teams

Sevilla won La Liga in 1945-1946 and winning three King’s Cups 1935-1948, but they won just one more title during the 1968-1969 season. to 2000-2001, was the Spanish second division championship. When Palop arrived at Sevilla from Valencia in 2004, Sevilla was not the biggest side in the city. They wait a moment for rebirth.

The very next season, Palop became the main character again when he headed to score in the 93rd minute against Shakhtar Donesk in the 1/8 round of the UEFA Cup. In the final, Sevilla met his Spanish compatriot Espanyol in Glasgow, and the goalkeeper pushed three penalties in the penalty shootout, helping Sevilla once again crowned.

They were upstream, even before the rival city of Real Betis. in the 1/8 round of the 2013-2014 season. They beat Benfica by a penalty shootout in the final in 2014. In 2015, they beat Dinipro 3-2, then went on to do it in 2016 to beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

In the semi-final against Man Utd on August 16, goalkeeper Yassine Bounou played like a bronze. 13 years earlier, as just mentioned, Palop joined the last-minute corner and got a 2-2 equalizer at Shakhtar’s den in Ukraine.

39 different Sevilla players have attended the Europa League finals over the years

The Sevilla squad this season has only two main players since 2014, Carrico and Vitolo. Jesus Navas was a member of Sevilla in 2006 and 2007. Ever Banega is the only one left from 2016. Of the 11 main kickers before Man Utd in the semi-finals, only two were left from last season. Monchi Sports Director has built a new team this season. He bought 14, sell 15 players. A new coach also arrived, was Jose Lopetegui, who helped Sevilla transform.

MU meets Sevilla in the semi-finals of the Europa League 2019-20

Although not experienced in the Europa League arena like Sevilla, Wolves showed that they were not inferior to their opponents. Not only that, Wolves are the better team to join.

In the 13th minute, Wolves had a very good chance to open the score. Defender Sevilla fouled Adama Traore in the penalty area, Wolves were awarded a penalty. However, Raul Jimenez failed.

Raul Jimenez missed the chance to help Wolves score

After this situation, Sevilla gradually regained his posture and created a tit-for-tat with Wolves. Suso, En-Nesyri, or Lucas Ocampos all had the opportunity to intimidate goalie Rui Patricio, but all failed to beat the Portuguese goalkeeper. The first half ended 0-0.

Entering the second half, Sevilla maintained control of the ball but had difficulty in deploying an attack against Wolves’ defensive ability. Towards the end of the match, when everyone thought about the fact that the two teams had to decide to win or lose by extra time, the goal suddenly came. In the 88th minute, from a teammate’s free-kick, Lucas Ocampos hit Wolves’ head in the net, scoring the only goal of the match.

Winning the match 1-0, Sevilla won a ticket to play in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Sevilla’s opponent will be MU, the team that defeated Copenhagen also 1-0 in the previous match.

In the other match, Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed the opponent Basel with the score 4-1. The goals of the Ukraine representative were scored by Junior Moraes Mora (2 ‘), Taison (22’), Alan Patrick (75 ‘), and Dodo (88’). Meanwhile, Ricky van Wolfswinkel is Basel’s honorary scorer (90 ‘+ 2). In the semifinals, Shakhtar Donetsk will face Inter Milan, who overcame Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

Sevilla is a strong opponent

Sevilla is the team that holds the record for most Europa League championships. According to statistics, every time they reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, Sevilla wins. In La Liga last season, Sevilla also impressed when they finished fourth, behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

As scheduled, the semi-finals of the Europa League 2019-20 will take place in Germany on August 17 and 18.