- A goal from the Portuguese midfielder decided the duel between the Italians and the Dutch in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Conference League
Roma took the first step to get through the round and reach the Conference League quarterfinals. José Mourinho’s team outscored Vitesse (0-1) and will have to finish the job at the Roman Olympics. Despite a first half in which the ‘giallorossi’ were able to derail, Sergio Oliveira scored the winning goal that gave the Italians a slight advantage.
The first half complied with the maxim in football that the team that forgives ends up paying. In this case it was Vitesse who suffered, as they went into the break at a disadvantage despite their excellent game.
The Dutch team was clearly superior to Roma during the first act, however they did not know how to convert their clear chances and finished lower on the scoreboard.
On the last play of the first half, Oliveira scored a loose ball after a corner kick. Vitesse did not know how to clear properly and the Portuguese nailed his shot into the top corner.
Earlier, the Dutch were even able to thrash Roma, although none of their chances materialized. Neither was the clearest, by Openg, who inexplicably shot wide at an empty goal, and the one that did was because Grbic shot clearly offside. Soccer whims.
Mourinho knew that despite the 0-1 he had to shake up his team and brought in Karsdorp, Cristante and El Shaarawy, who gave the ‘giallorossi’ more robustness. He had a couple of chances to extend his lead, but instead he had to suffer to secure victory. At the post, he achieved his goal despite the expulsion of Oliveira, who will miss the second leg.
Feyenoord puts the direct
The Dutch team thrashed Partizan Belgrade at home (2-5) and gets one foot in the quarterfinals. Feyenoord had to come from behind twice, as the Serbs went ahead with a goal from Natcho and then another from Jovic. Toornstra made the tie at one and then Dessers a 2-2 that gave wings to the visitors. Geertuida, Sinisterra and again Toornstra rounded off the Dutch victory.
The Slavia does not give option
In Prague, Slavia also put the round of 16 tie on track by beating Austrian LASK 4-1. A double by Sor in half an hour began to decide the match. Balic cut back in the second half, but in the final stretch Olayinka and Traoré increased the Czech team’s income.
The PAOK, for the minimum
A solitary goal from Kurtic gave PAOK the victory (1-0) in an even duel against Gent.