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Bayer Leverkusen vs. AS Roma

Written by on May 9, 2024

By Ultan Corcoran@UltanCorcoran

With kick-off just under an hour away, both clubs have officially released their starting teams for tonight’s UEFA Europa League semifinal second-leg at the BayArena.

Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso has made a total of 6 changes to his side who dished out a 5-1 drubbing of Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday. 

The Spaniard rotated heavily last weekend with one eye on closing out this Europa League semi-final tie which Die Werkself lead 2-0 after their first-leg success. Matej Kovár resumes European duties between the posts, while Jonathan Tah and Piero Hincapié fill into the back three. 

Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong start in their typical wing-back roles, while the in-form Adam Hložek keeps his place behind Amine Adli who leads the line. Florian Wirtz starts on the bench.

Meanwhile, AS Roma’s Champions League aspirations for next season took a blow on Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Juventus. The Italian giants have slipped to 6th place behind Atalanta who have a game in hand.

Daniele De Rossi has opted for 4 alterations ahead of tonight’s trip to North Rhine-Westphalia, while the talismanic presence of Paulo Dybala takes his place on the bench after sustaining a knock at the weekend. 

The Argentine forward is replaced by Leverkusen’s loanee striker Sardar Azmoun who starts alongside Stephan El Shaarawy. Ex-Leipzig man Angeliño starts at left-back, while Leonardo Spinazzola switches to his less favoured position on the right flank. Former Eintracht Frankfurt centre-half Evan N’Dicka starts ahead of Chris Smalling.

See the official lineups for Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma below:

Bayer Leverkusen (3-4-2-1): Kovár – Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapié – Frimpong, Palacios, Xhaka, Grimaldo – Hofmann, Hložek – Adli. 

AS Roma (4-3-3): Svilar – Spinazzola, N’Dicka, Mancini, Angeliño – Paredes, Cristante, Pellegrini – Azmoun, Lukaku, El Shaarawy.

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