Europa League Round of 32 First Leg Review: Part 4

Levante UD vs. Olympiacos Piraeus

Levante UD vs. Olympiacos PiraeusIn a dramatic, yet somewhat predictable match (with the way it had started), the whole city of Valencia lit up in Levante colors as the home team triumphed over their Greek visitors on Valentine’s night; that’s not to say we didn’t see a strong side in the Greeks, though! However, Levante had an answer to every question Olympiacos would ask. The two teams both had good chances, although Levante were slightly better. Statistic-wise, Levante had a total of 16 attempts, whereas Olympiacos had 10. The referee on the night, Manuel Grafe, ended up with many names in his book; Levante picked up 3 yellow cards, while Olympiacos picked up 5 and 1 red card early on into the game (29th minute). Abdoun was the only player sent off during this match.

Juan Ignacio Martinez & Michel lined up the following squads:

Levante Starting XI:

Navas, D. Navarro, Rodas, Juanfran (c), Pedro Lopez, Barkero, Iborra, Ruben Garcia, Diop, Rios, Martins

Subs: Munua, Karbelas, Lell, Juanlu Gomes, Aquafresca, Michel, and Valdo

Olympiacos Starting XI:

Megyeri, Maniatis, Contreras, Holebas, Manolas, Fejsa, Abdoun, Paulo Machado, Modesto (c), Djebbour, Vlachodimos

Subs: Carroll, Lykogiannis, Ibagaza, Siovas, Fetfatzidis, Greco, and Mitroglou

Final Score: Levante UD 3-0 Olympiacos Piraeus

Rios 9′, Barkero 40′, Martins 56′

Internazionale Milano vs. CFR 1907 Cluj

Internazionale Milano vs. CFR 1907 ClujInter Milan, with the way they played on the night, proved to their fans and to the rest of the world as a whole that they weren’t joking when they said that they could win the Europa League this season. In the very early minutes of the game, however, Cluj seemed to be the stronger side. Overall, however, the home team overpowered the Romanians and after having threatened for a long time, emerged victorious courtesy of a brace from their 10th minute substitute, Palacio. Inter Milan had a total of 12 attempts in this game, while Cluj had 7. Inter Milan had better chances on goal than Cluj did on the night. Five players went into Michael Koukoulakis’ book on the night; Inter Milan picked up 2 yellow cards while Cluj picked up 3. No players were sent off during this match.

Andrea Stramaccioni and Paulo Sergio lined up the following squads:

Inter Milan Starting XI:

Handanovic, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Alvaro Pereira, Nagatomo, Kovacic, Guarin, Cambiasso (c), Gargano, Cassano, Milito

Subs: Belec, Zanetti, Juan, Benassi, Palacio, Alvarez, and Jonathan

Cluj Starting XI:

Felgueiras, Ivo Pinto, Sepsi, Piccolo, Cadu (c), Rada, Camora, Godemeche, Muresan, Maah, Rui Pedro

Subs: Stancioiu, Diogo Valente, Celestino, Paun-Alexandru, Maftei, Hora, and Bjelanovic

Final Score: Internazionale Milano 2-0 CFR Cluj

Palacio 20′, 87′

Written by Ange Marline