Europa League Semi-Finals

The Europa League semi-finals were played on Thursday night. And what a night that was.

Two Premier League teams, Chelsea and Arsenal played against Eintracht Frankfurt and Valencia respectively.


Chelsea and Eintracht met again and with a one-all score from the first leg so the reunion was acted out on a level playing field.

The Germans came out pulling all the stops but it was Chelsea who had the lead by half-time, with a goal from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. This definitely put pressure on the visitors to produce a response. And they did.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek (Photo: REUTERS)
Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Photo: REUTERS)

With the score at 1-1 and the aggregate at 2-2 at full time, the two teams played for an extra 33 minutes and even then there was no headway.

The game went into penalties, with Chelsea winning 4-3.

Eden Hazard (Photo: REUTERS)
Eden Hazard (Photo: REUTERS)

Arsenal’s story however, was not so unpredictable.

They went into the second leg with a 3-1 advantage and so had the obvious upper hand over their La Liga hosts.

Valencia had a shaky start in the game and if not for the unexpected dramas and sagas in the Champions League, Arsenal could have been so sure of the final.

At half-time, the score was 1-1, but Arsenal showed how much they wanted this by beating the La Liga team 4-2, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring 3 goals and striking partner Alexandre Lacazette completing the score.

Hat-trick hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Photo: REUTERS)
Hat-trick hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Photo: REUTERS)

That left the aggregate at a whopping 3-7 and Arsenal joining their London brothers in the Europa League final.


What a time for English football, especially considering their World Cup heartbreak last year.

To have two English teams in the Champions League final and two English teams reach the Europa League finals as well, it seems like England is in full control of Europe right now.

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