Europa League: Barcelona in the quarter-finals and West Ham oust the specialized Sevilla

Paris: Barcelona have overcome the turmoil of Turkish fans and booked their ticket to the quarter-finals of the European Football League “European League”, with a 2-1 win over Galatasaray in Thursday’s final price return match. Zero after extension. Barcelona and Galatasaray drew goalless last week in Catalonia, paving the way for a fiery match in the second leg, which the visitors established in their favor with goals from Pedri (37) and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (49), after the Brazilian Marcao opened the scoring for the owners of the land (28). This match represented Barcelona’s last preparation before the upcoming Clasico against rivals Real Madrid, league leaders, on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu, although his hopes of competing for the local title seem slim. Barcelona continued their impressive results with manager Xavi Hernandez and kept his record unbeaten for the eleventh consecutive game in all competitions, knowing that he has not lost in the last 12 league games, which allowed him to move up to third place after a difficult start that overthrew the Dutch manager Ronald Koeman and brought back the son of the club within its walls. Barcelona have been eliminated in this season from the first round of the Champions League for the first time since the 2000-2001 season, and the Europa League remains his only hope for this season’s title or even qualification for the main continental competition as the competition for seats intensifies qualified in the Spanish league. “A turning point – said Xavi after the victory – We played a game with a lot of personality. It was good to fight in a stadium like this and against an excellent team. “” They knew how to defend themselves against us, but we were patient. I am very happy for the players. This is a turning point for our project ”. Xavi faced his compatriot Dominic Torrent, coach of Galatasaray, who was part of the Barcelona coaching staff from 2007 to 2012 with coach Pep Guardiola in the golden period for the club Catalan when Xavi was a player. In a very noisy atmosphere in the “Nef” stadium, Galatasaray opened the scoring when the Romanian Alexandro Chikaldao took the ball from a corner kick thrown by Marcao and followed him with a low header, evading the control of Ferran Torres (28), to celebrate his football and break through the corner flag, forcing him to replace him with another. The club Catalan responded with a beautiful goal for Pedri, winner of the Golden Boy Award as Europe’s best player under 21, when Torres passed him the ball in area and it seemed that he would have pulled it quickly before escaping the first defender who with an intervention tried to keep him away and then jumped over the second before taking him calmly in net (37). The team, crowned five-time Champions League champion, soon doubled at the start of the second half, when Spanish goalkeeper Ignaki Peña blocked Busquets’ shot for the first time, to prepare Pedri, who kicks from close range. this time passing the goalkeeper in front of the goal (49). The only setback for Barcelona was the injury of American right-back Serginio Dest to the hamstring of the left thigh and he went out in the 56th minute, threatening his participation in the Clasico, knowing that the Brazilian veteran Dani Alves, who is not registered to compete in Europa League, should occupy this position against Real. Yarmolenko overthrows Sevilla In London, Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko, whose country is invaded by Russia, scored the second goal in West Ham’s 2-0 win over Sevilla, holder of the record by number of titles in the competition (6), at the 112th minute. Sevilla won 1-0 in Andalusia, Moroccan Mounir El Haddady scored, but West Ham had another word in the English capital after Czech Tomasc Socic headed in the 39th minute, leaving the result unchanged and the two sides resorted to extension . In the second overtime, Spaniard Pablo Fornals hit a powerful ball that was blocked by Moroccan goalkeeper Yassin Bono to prepare Yarmolenko, who followed him in net. Sevilla have won four titles over the past decade in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020, adding them to 2006 and 2007, but questyear will be denied the final in home against Ramon Sanchez Bisjuan on May 18th. Eintracht Frankfurt, in Germany reached the next round in dramatic way, with a 1-1 draw against his Spanish host, Real Betis, in injury time of the second overtime, when the match was going to penalties, which Argentine opponent Guido Rodrigues scored by mistake in your own network. Frankfurt had won 2-1 in Spain, but Betis has imposed the extension in Germany after scoring the draw in the last minute of regulation time with Borja Iglesias (90), to respond in bitter way similar to Frankfurt. And she qualified for the quarter-finals in Braga, in Portugal, after 1-1 in home to French Monaco, after beating them 2-0 in the first leg, and Italian Atalanta, who renewed their 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Germany after beating 3-2 last week, and Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers despite a 2-1 defeat to Serbian Red Star after winning in home 3-0 first leg. Germany’s Leipzig crossed without playing after the exclusion of his opponent, Spartak Moscow, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place on Friday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, in Switzerland, while the quarter-finals will be held on 7 and 14 April, the semi-finals on 28 April and 5 May and the final on 18 May. (AFP)