Jose Mourinho is one step away from going into another European Cup final after AS Roma defeated Bayern Leverkusen in the Europa League semi-finals.
Edoardo Bove’s second-half goal was enough to give AS Roma a victory in Italy in front of their fans.
Jose Mourinho sent out his team with a better defensive strategy against a more possession-oriented team coached by Xabi Alonso.
How AS Roma defeated Bayern Leverkusen in the Europa League Semi Finals
Bayern Leverkusen tried to score very early in the first half with Florian Wirtz playing the ball wide from outside the box. It was a shot off target and the AS Roma defenders do not seem to be concern about it.
In the 19th minute, AS Roma’s Bryan Cristante missed a sitter from six yards in the box. He should have scored that but was really disappointed for missing.
There was a little bit of delay in the first half due to Bayern Leverkusen’s Odilon Kossounou going down after suffering an injury from a dangerous tackle.
With so many spaces given by the AS Roma midfielder, Bayern Leverkusen had an attempt in the extra minute of the first half. Bayern Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba hit the ball from outside, but it went wide.
AS Roma started well in the second and almost had a goal, but Zeki Çelik’s shot went wide.
AS Roma striker Tammy Abraham saw his shot get saved by the excellent Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Hradecky in the 62nd minute.
Edoardo Bove gave Jose Mourinho a big smile on his face after breaking the dreadlock with a beautiful left-footed strike into the bottom corner, with the rival club’s goalkeeper having no chance of stopping the ball.
Bayern Leverkusen came close to equalizing with a beautiful header from Piero Hincapié, which went wide.
Even after the goal, AS Roma kept Bayern Leverkusen in their own half, and it was difficult for them to come out. AS Roma midfielder Andrea Belotti had his own attempt saved by the opponent’s goalkeeper.
The goal scorer, Edoardo Bove, had another chance to score another goal, but his shot went too high in the 67th minute.
Tammy Abraham, who was impressive in the match, had his shot saved by Bayern Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.
After the first goal, Mourihno kept encouraging his team to attack the German side. The team came close to doubling their lead after AS Zeki Elik’s shot failed to hit the target.
What Next for AS Roma and
Jose Mourinho will continue his search for Champions League football ahead of next season as he and his team face Bologna on May 14, 2023.
AS Roma are currently in 7th place, and they need to start winning the remaining matches.
Bayern Leverkusen will travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to play against VfB Stuttgart on May 14, 2023. It is expected to be an easy win for the Xabi Alonso side due to Stuttgart’s position on the Bundesliga table.