Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Levante UD
Having had a disappointing game in Spain, Olympiacos were desperate to try and get back on track as they played in front of their fans. As if having to score three goals to level things wasn’t enough, Olympiacos also had to prevent a strong Levante team from getting an away goal. Unfortunately for them, however, Levante were not quite done scoring; as it only took them 9 minutes to add to their tally! Olympiacos’ hill had now turned into a mountain and with the way their opponents were playing, the Europa League journey was over for them.
Statistic-wise, the home side had more attempts and better chances in this game. Levante, however, didn’t waste any the few chances they had. Had they not hit the woodwork once, they would have scored from all their attempts on target. They seemed satisfied by their result, though, and why not?!
A total of 8 yellow cards were issued between the two teams, and the visitors only picked 2 of them. No players were sent off during this match.
Michel and Juan Ignacio Martinez lined up the following squads:
Olympiacos Starting XI:
Carroll, Maniatis (c), Contreras, Lykogiannis, Paulo Machado, Fejsa, Siovas, Mitroglou, Greco, Djebbour, Vlachodimos
Subs:Megyeri, Manolas, Diakite, Pino, Fetfatzidis, Ibagaza, and Holebas
Levante Starting XI:
Navas, D. Navarro, Rodas, Juanfran, Ballesteros (c), Barkero, Iborra, Ruben Garcia, Michel, Rios, Martins
Subs: Munua, Karabelas, Pedro Lopez, Juanlu Gomez, Acquafresca, Dudka, and Valdo
Final Score: Olympiacos Piraeus 0-1 Levante UD* (Agg: 0-4)
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Olympiacos, Levante will face Rubin Kazan in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game at home and the second leg away.
CFR 1907 Cluj vs. Internazionale Milano
The first leg of this match having gone to their favor, the Italians went to Cluj with a comfortable lead and on a mission to mainly get as many away goals as possible to add to their tally. They managed to accomplish this mission very easily, as Cluj, even playing at home, played almost the same way they had in the first leg, with a few mistakes in defense. They were hungrier for goals at a certain point in time, however, and had more attempts overall. They almost got something to start them off after hitting the woodwork once, but it just wasn’t their night. Inter’s goals just kept coming (with Guarin being the main architect) as the whole city of Cluj-Napoca watched in despair.
Referee on the night, Pawel Gil, issued a total of 3 yellow cards between the two teams. He also issued a red card towards the end, and this went to Cluj’s Camora on the 80th minute. He was the only player to be sent off during this match.
Paulo Sergio and Andrea Stramaccioni lined up the following squads:
Cluj Starting XI:
Mario Felgueiras, Ivo Pinto, Sepsi, Piccolo, Cadu (c), Godemeche, Rui Pedro, Muresan, Maah, Rada
Subs: Stancioiu, Maftei, Celestino, Bjelanovic, Kapetanos, Hora, and Diogo Valente
Inter Starting XI:
Handanovic, Zanetti (c), Ranocchia, Alvaro Pereira, Juan, Guarin, Cambiasso, Mateo Kovacic, Palacio, Alvarez, Cassano
Subs: Belec, Chicu, Gargano, Terrani, Pasa, Benassi, and Mbaye
Final Score: CFR 1907 Cluj 0-3 Internazionale Milano* (Agg: 0-5)
Guarin 22′, 45’+2, Benassi 89′
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Cluj, Internazionale will face Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game away and the second leg at home.
Written by Ange Marline