Sports writing, Feb 23 (EFE) .- Teams such as Naples, Bayer Leverkusen, Leicester and PSV Eindhoven have left pending for the return, at the expense of a reaction or a comeback, the classification for the round of 16 of the Europa League.
The first round of the round of 32 paved the way for Manchester United, Roma, Shakhtar, Villarreal, Tottenham, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb or Rangers, who achieved firm, forceful scores. The situation is on track for Club Brugge, Milan, Hoffenheim and Arsenal.
Leicester left their progression in the hands of King Power Stadium. PSV entrusted their survival to Phillips Stadium and Leverkusen to the Bay Arena. The Diego Armando Maradona stadium, however, requires a brawl, a comeback to the heroic one to amend the 2-0 defeat in Granada.
Granada is one of the sensations of the competition. Diego Martínez’s painting, debutant in Europe, aims to extend its history. He won at Nuevo Los Cármenes (2-0) and with that guarantee he goes to Italy to prolong his European dream and place himself among the top sixteen in the competition. The Neapolitan box, focused on reaching one of the top four places in Serie A, faces a difficult situation.
Leicester reaped a difficult score against Slavia in Prague. The English representative, who dominated the Premier weeks ago, where he enjoys a brilliant role, drew goalless in the first leg. He must win at King Power on Thursday but runs the risk of conceding a goal that complicates his aspirations.
Bayer Leverkusen and PSV Eindhoven intend to make up for the losses they conceded in the first leg, although having scored eases the task. The German team, fifth in the Bundesliga, lost to Young Boys in Bern (4-3). He is one goal from the pass. PSV left Piraeus defeated against Olympiacos (4-2), they need two goals in the Netherlands to progress.
Air of process have the return games for Manchester United, Roma, Shakhtar, Tottenham, Villarreal, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb or Rangers.
United thrashed away, although Turin, Real Sociedad, resigned to its European goodbye after the 0-4 conceded. And Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham faces London’s commitment with some calm after beating the Austrian Wolfsberger 1-4 in the first leg.
Roma also see the round of 16 after attacking Braga in Portugal (0-2), the same score that the Ukrainian Shakhtar achieved in Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Villarreal against Salzburg. Unai Emery’s side, who was able to get a bigger win against the superiority shown, has one foot in the next round.
Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb and Rangers also won at home and are close to the eighth although with lower income than the others. The Dutch champions beat Lille (1-2) in France, which is confident of transferring their good work in Ligue 1 to Europe. Christophe Galtier’s side did not give up despite the setback in the first leg.
Dinamo Zagreb beat Krasnodar (2-3) in Russia and the duel is also uneven. Just like Steven Gerrard’s Rangers who came out victorious from Antwerp (3-4). Milan, Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Club Brugge stuck to the status of favorites, reaped good scores in the first game but need to close the duels to progress in the draw.
Arsenal drew against Benfica at home (1-1) and intends to prop up the pass at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Athens where it will have to move to act as a venue affected by the conditions of transfer between countries derived from the pandemic.
The situation of Mikel Arteta’s team is similar to that of Milan, who missed the victory in Belgrade against Red Star at the last moment (2-2) and must sentence. The same panorama has Hoffenheim, who left Norway with a level (3-3) that is favorable but not definitive.