Roma 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Advantage Jose Mourinho over Xabi Alonso in the Europa League semi-final as Edoardo Bove gives his side a slender lead to take to Germany
- Jose Mourinho’s side will take a slender lead to Germany after victory in Rome
- Edoardo Bove’s goal gave his side a deserved win over Bayer Leverkusen
- Game pitted master against the apprentice with Xabi Alonso in the other dugout
AS Roma grabbed a 1-0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen in their Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday thanks to 20-year-old Edoardo Bove’s second-half goal.
Roma youth product Bove stabbed in the winner on the rebound in the 63rd minute after Tammy Abraham’s shot was saved by Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky.
The visitors came close to an equaliser towards the end of a scrappy second half but Jeremie Frimpong’s 87th-minute shot was blocked on the line.
Roma, bidding to win back-to-back European titles under coach Jose Mourinho following last season’s Europa Conference League triumph, travel to Leverkusen next week for the return leg.
The winners will face Juventus or Sevilla in the final.
Edoardo Bove’s goal ensured Roma of a slender advantage to take to Germany in a week’s time
His goal was celebrated wildly by the fans as they are left to dream of yet more European success
Jose Mourinho is bidding to claim a second consecutive European trophy with Roma