Wolverhampton and Basel are the latest teams to qualify for the Europa League Quarterfinals after eliminating Olympiacos and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively tonight. On Tuesday, August 11, the English will face Sevilla in Duisburg, while the Swiss will face Shakhtar Donetsk in Gelsenkirchen. The day before on Monday, August 10, the Manchester United-FC Copenhagen qualifiers will be played in Cologne and Inter. Bayer Leverkusen in Dusseldorf.
An error that gives way to the penalty and decides the tie
The Wolverhampton of Nuno Espirito Santo, Espanyol’s executioner in the 1/32 final was confirmed; as Sevilla’s rival after defeating Olympiacos 1-0 at the Molineux Stadium after the 1-1 registered in the first leg in Piraeus. The Mexican Raul Jimenez decided the tie by transforming a penalty in the 8th minute. It was an unfortunate move by the Greek rearguard since, after a committed transfer; the French goalkeeper Bobby Allain failed to control with his foot; and pushed behind a Daniel Podence who had taken possession of the ball. Curiously the Portuguese extreme.
The early goal presaged an easy qualification for Wolves but Olympiacos surprised with their reaction in the first half. Guided by veteran Mathieu Valbuena (35 years old); he took control of the game, pressed well and had chances to tie. The goalkeeper Rui Patricio avoided it first with a save after a hard shot adjusted to the post by a Konstantinos Tsimikas who lavished a great attack on the left-wing (19 ‘).
VAR cancels Olympiacos tie
Half an hour later, the VAR canceled Olympiacos 1-1 by a millimeter offside by Youssef El Arabi as he kicked off a long pass from Omar Ellabdelaoui before delaying from the baseline for Mohamed Mady Camara to score.
After the break, Wolves momentarily recovered their pulse and was able to sentence the tie in a Podence break-in culminating with a shot from the edge of the area that Allain took over the crossbar (61 ‘). But Olympiacos returned to the charge in the final half-hour and made a Wolves suffer until the final whistle, which made the game very long and left doubts. His best chance was a header from Ahmed Hassan Koka; who could not adjust to the post allowing Rui Patricio to shine in a display of reflexes.
Basel tops Eintracht
At St. Jakob-Park, Basel did not suffer to finish a 1-0 tie that left them almost doomed with their 3-0 first-leg win in Frankfurt. Despite Eintracht dominating the game, their forwards hardly created any chances for the staunch Swiss defense. In fact, the German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp had to intervene more in the first half.
After the break, both teams had opportunities, especially Filip Kostic for Eintracht; but in the 88th minute, Basel scored the victory with a goal from Fabian Frei; who after combining with Silvan Widmer, beat Trapp in the heads-up.