Around The World: Sevilla Visit Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s Roma Host Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen
Juventus’ Samuel Iling-Junior celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo, Italy, Sunday May 7, 2023. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)
Italian giants Juventus will play host to Spanish side Sevilla, while Leverkusen travel to Rome in the UEL. London-based West Ham take on Dutch AZ Alkmaar while Fiorentina gear up to welcome Swiss-based FC Basel in the Europa Conference League
UEFA Europa League
Italian powerhouse Juventus faces six-time champion Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals in Torino.
Juventus is seeking a first European title since winning the Champions League in 1996. Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the quarterfinals.
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Sevilla are the record holders in terms of Europa League trophies with six titles to their name, and will be a difficult team to beat in the second tier contest of the continental tournament.
Sevilla’s domestic league season hasn’t been up to their expectation as they are reeling at position 11 in Spain and will hope to win the Europa League yet again as a show of merit in their yearly report.
Roma hosts Bayer Leverkusen in the other semifinal of the second-tier European competition. José Mourinho is looking for back-to-back European titles with Roma.
Leverkusen has been on the rise under coach Xabi Alonso, who played for Mourinho at Real Madrid, even though the German team’s 14-game unbeaten run was snapped by Cologne in a 2-1 loss last week.
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UEFA Europa Conference League
Premier League club West Ham hosts Dutch team AZ Alkmaar in the semifinals of the third-tier Europa Conference League.
The Hammers beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday to move away from the relegation zone and can now fully focus on trying to advance to what would be their third European final.
High-scoring Fiorentina hosts Basel in the other last-four game. The return legs are next week.
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