Bayer Leverkusen advanced to the semifinals of the Europa League, with a significant contribution from Czech forward Adam Hložek, who assisted Mitchell Bakker’s goal and then scored his team’s final goal.
Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 with Royale Union in the opening match of the Europa League quarter-finals, with the Belgian side scoring first and Florian Wirtz equalising for the home side in the 82nd minute. If the German side wanted to advance, they had to win.
And they made an excellent start in the rematch. Moussa Diaby scored in the second minute, with Hložek the last player to touch down for the visitors. But he would not be credited with an assist.
But the second goal did. The former Sparta Prague player received the ball from Diaby on the edge of the box, the defenders managed to come back, but Hložek’s beautiful centre found his teammate Mitchel Bakker free.
The Dutch full-back, who plays quite tall, didn’t hesitate himself in front of the goalkeeper and sent Leverkusen into a two-goal lead. But that wasn’t all!
After an hour of play, Jeremie Frimpong increased the lead to 3:0 after a goalkeeping error and the game was over. Shortly afterwards, Casper Terho reduced the deficit for the home side, but Bayer took back the three-goal lead.
This time it was Hložek who got to the rebound and had no problem hitting the open net. Leverkusen won 4-1 and advanced to the semi-finals of the Europa League. The assist and goal are in the article on the second page.
Source: Europa League, Twitter
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