Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Europa League Crunch Time!

It's crunch time in the Europa League, chaps. This evening, they'll sort out the finalists who will meet up in Warsaw on Wednesday, May 27. I'm all in for Sevilla who are my last, best hope for the PPP title. Fortunately, the current holders put Fiorentina to the sword at home, which means they go into the away leg 0-3 up. Barring a disaster in Florence, my boys should make it. Meanwhile, in the other tie, Dinipro scored an impressive 1-1 draw away to a powerful Napoli side. I would love to see the Eastern Europeans manage their home leg, as they would seem the easier match-up for Sevilla in the final. Join me from 2:45pm EST onward for all the Thursday afternoon EL action!

41 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team line-ups for this afternoon's clash:

Fiorentina - Neto, Alonso, Basa, Gonzalo, Savic, Valero, Pizarro, Fernandez, Salah, Ilicic, Joaquin. Subs: Tatarus, Badelj, Aquilani, Pasqual, Bernardo, Lazzari, Gomez.

Sevilla - Sergio, Coke, Carrico, Kolodzin, Tremouli, Mbia, Krychov, Vidal, Banega, Vitolo, Bacca. Subs: Beto, Navarro, Figueiras, Gameiro, REyes, Iborra, Suarez.

2:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. It's between you and Strose. If Sevilla win the EL then you win the shield in the battle of I-90.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - how's your week going? I've got the coverage from Fox Soccer 2 Go up and running in the office here.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope you are having a better week than yours truly. It's been sort of a crappy week at work, so this is a temporary oasis . I hope all is well with you.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry to hear that, mate. I hope this match will be a tonic.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in Florence tonight.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good early pressure from Sevilla, with Bacca earning an early corner. Lovely.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance there with the ball fizzing across the goal-line. No one there to tap in. Another corner.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sevilla attack from the of, winning an early corner.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bacca's the real danger man - Sevilla are trying to kill off the tie straight away.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I'm glad that I can retire in just a few years. I'm ready.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Sevilla goal should clinch a place in the final.

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some of the early Sevilla defending has been to lax. They don't want to let the violas back in early doors.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wycombe wanderers lead Argyle 1-0 in a L2 playoff semi and 4-2 on agg. Sorry mate.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Vidal went down there in the box but got nothing. Sevilla definitely knocking on the door.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not going to be Argyle's year to go up, I'm afraid.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Sevilla clearance is sliced away for a corner.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A clumsy, but unintentional elbow.

3:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well over by Ilicic of the Violas, while Basanta is still being treated for that elbow and we're not talking pasta.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A superb reflex save by Sergio from a header off a corner to prevent the violas from scoring

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very open match - I'm loving it.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It gets worse for Argyle as Wycombe go two up and now lead 5-2 on agg. Sorry Bob.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Savic gives up another corner to Sevilla. Cracking tie.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too, but that was a close call a minute ago.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Salah and Savic are two Prem rejects that are suiting up for the violas.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY!!! I WENT TO THE LOO, BUT LOOKED AT THE REPLAY AND SEE THAT BACCA HAS GIVEN SEVILLA THE LEAD. SURELY THEY ARE IN THE FINAL

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My last class is about to start. I will see if I can be around for the second half . Cheers mate,

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I missed it too - had a colleague come by and interrupt me mid-match. Great news, though. Sevilla are on their way.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The nice thing is that you can go back and watch the highlights (goals and red cards and the sort) on this Fox Soccer 2 Go link.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! It's 0-2!!!!!

Daniel Caricco in at the back post for another scrappy one.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last chance for the Viola with this free kick. Ilicic well wide with this one. Disappointing.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's it for the first half. Sevilla are now 5-0 up on aggregate, with two away goals.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into the second half now - the pace has slackened noticeably. Sevilla realize that they've got both feet firmly planted in the final in Warsaw and Fiorentina haven't mustered much.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the other fixture tonight, Dnipro and Napoli are still at 0-0, deadlocked as they were in the first leg.

I'm off home now - cheerio!

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am glad to see that we are five up on agg, secure in the fact that our team is headed to the final in thirteen days.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand, Dnipro are headed to the final on the away goals rule.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dnipro have taken the lead vs Napoli , now leading 2-1 on agg, but Napoli still need a goal to stay in the tie as they did at kickoff.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Sevilla win 5-0 on agg and are in the final in thirteen days.

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In the other semi, Dnipro are one up and lead 2-1 on agg. They are two minutes into stoppage time with three minutes remaining.

4:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dnipro had a shot come off the upright and nearly put the tie away

4:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as Sevilla will face Dnipro in the final.

4:59 PM  

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