Last Thursday, eight teams clashed in the first quarterfinal match of the Europa League. Let's remember how it was. And then try, starting from quotations , the official bookmakersto predict the result of the return of meetings that will be held soon.
Arsenal – Napoli
At Emirates stadium the Gunners confidently dealt with the Neapolitans. Did the wards Carlo Ancelotti, Ramsey hammered a goal already in the fourteenth minute? Unlikely. And in the middle of the first half of Oporto beat Ruiz and beautifully gathered round projectile. Coulibaly only tweaked it in the net Mereta. 2:0.
In the second half, Arsenal and Napoli all pinned to the penalty area guests. Only a miracle Aubameyang and his teams have been able to increase produced in the last half advantage.
Villarreal – Valencia
Nothing surprising. Valencia is coming home with an impressive victory. But it was given to "Bats" is not so simple. Yes, Hades put the visitors in front in the sixth minute. But after half an hour Cazorla equalized from the penalty spot. And the game continued on a collision course until the extra time. Despite the significant superiority of the visitors, to score the second goal they failed to the ninety-first minute. And then a miracle – a goal of Vassa. And behind him, and knockout for the hosts from Gedera. 1:3. Expected Valencia goes home with the victory.
Benfica – Eintracht Frankfurt
The most interesting match of the first quarter-final LE. Already in the nineteenth minute of Ndika managed to get a straight red. And the guests were in the minority. After his foul, Feliz confidently converted the spot-kick. But the Germans just don't get it. Rebić and Jović was able to tie the score in the fortieth minute. But after just a few moments Feliz again brought "Aboutlow" forward.
After the break, Benfica only extended their lead, thanks to goals from Dias and the young Felix, who has managed to make a hat-trick. Although Paciencia slightly spoiled the Portuguese feast at the seventy-second minute. The match ended with the score 4:2.
Slavia P – Chelsea
Hardly anyone could seriously think that the Czechs oppose something to the British. Probably also pondered and Maurizio Sarri, when planning to assemble such a lineup. There is no doubt that Spanish coach of Londoners wanted to save the strength to fight for the TOP 4 in the EPL. And it almost cost him his humiliating failure to LE.
Slavia competently defended and did not let anything supernatural at his gate. Largely only thanks to the play of Willian, who could personally differ several times, Alonso opened the scoring in the eighty-sixth minute. 0:1. I hope that at Stamford bridge we can expect a completely different game.
What is the result?
Not so obvious in the second leg of the quarterfinal matches LE. Slavia can still pose a problem to the Chelsea, even in London. Dortmund at full strength will definitely fight the Portuguese. Napoli and Arsenal just have to show decent football. While Villarreal and Valencia? Of course, some of the Spanish clubs in the semi-finals.