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Roma 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen: capital club earn important first leg win

AS Roma's Italian midfielder Edoardo Bove (L) celebrates with AS Roma's British forward Tammy Abraham (R) after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match between AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on May 11, 2023. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
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calendar date11 May 19:00
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Roma control their Europa League destiny ahead of next week’s return leg in Germany. 

The Giallorossi earned a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen this evening in the Italian capital, putting them less than 90 minutes away from advancing to the final in Budapest later this month.

A goal midway through the second half from midfielder Edoardo Bove broke the deadlock and earned Jose Mourinho’s a vital victory despite being shorthanded due to injuries.

The goal came after a scoreless first half in which goalscoring chances were at a premium. Xabi Alonso’s men were initially on the front foot and created some interesting attacking actions early on. 

Roma eventually grew into the game and nearly found a goal through a header from Roger Ibanez but the Brazilian was denied. 

The action picked up dramatically after the break and the hosts were eventually rewarded.

Bove scored with a pinpoint shot after Lukas Hradecky’s save from a Tammy Abraham shot fell into his path. Without hesitation, Bove calmly fired the ball past the Finnish international to give the Giallorossi a 1-0 lead.

The visitors nearly leveled the tie just fifteen minutes but Roma were saved by an incredible goal line clearance from Bryan Cristante off a Jeremie Frimpong attempt.

The Italian international, who was forced to feature as a central defender due to the team’s bevy of injuries, made a miraculous stop after Rui Patricio and Roger Ibanez collided in the area, leaving their goal wide open.

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