The first Italian football team, Juventus, qualified for the round of 16 in the European League, after its great victory, 3-0, at its French host, Nantes, on Thursday, in the second leg of the first knockout round in the European Championship.
The two teams tied 1-1 in the first-leg match that took place between them in the Italian city of Turin last Thursday, with Juventus winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Veteran Argentine star Angel Di Maria opened the scoring early for Juventus in the fifth minute, before the suffering of Nantes, who played with ten players, doubled after his player Nicholas Balois was sent off at the 18th minute.
Di Maria added Juventus’ second goal in the 20th minute from a penalty kick, before also scoring the third goal in the 78th minute, setting himself up as the undisputed champion of the match.
Portuguese Sporting Lisbon also reached the round of 16, following its great “4-0” victory over its Danish host, Mätjeland.
The Portuguese team was able to compensate for its disappointing 1-1 draw at home with its opponent in the first leg last week, to qualify for the next round with merit.
Sebastian Coates opened the scoring for Sporting Lisbon at the 21st minute, while Mitjeland had to play with ten players after his player Paulo Victor da Silva was fired at the 38th minute for receiving the second warning.
Sporting took advantage of the numerical shortage in the ranks of its competitor, to add Pedro Gonçalves the second and third goals for the Portuguese team at the 50th and 77th minutes, respectively.
The fourth goal came through friendly fire, after Stefan Gartenmann, a Mittelland player, scored a reverse goal in his team’s goal at the 85th minute.
Spain’s Seville also qualified for the round of 16, despite losing “0-2” to its Dutch host Eindhoven, benefiting from its “3-0” victory in the first leg, which took place at its stadium last Thursday.
The goals of the match came in the second half by Luke de Jong and Fabio Silva in the 77th and 90th minutes, respectively.
Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen joined the qualifiers for the round of 16 as well, after winning “5-3” on penalties over its French host, Monaco.
And the original time ended with Leverkusen advancing 3-2 over Monaco, which is the same result that the French team won over its German counterpart in the first leg, which took place in Germany.
The two teams resorted to playing an extra time of half an hour, divided equally into two halves, but the result remained the same, to finally decide the penalty shootout, which eventually smiled at Leverkusen.
The match was characterized by excitement from the first minutes, as Leverkusen advanced through Florian Vertz at the 13th minute, but Wissam Ben Yedder awarded Monaco a draw at the 19th minute from a penalty kick.
Leverkusen returned to the lead again, after Ezequiel Palacios and Amin Adly scored the second and third goals at the 21st and 58th minutes, respectively, while Brill Embolo scored the second goal for Monaco at the 84th minute.
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