Union Berlin’s group opponent Feyenoord Rotterdam has a realistic chance of the final in the new European Cup competition Conference League. The former European Cup winner achieved a narrow 3: 2 (2: 2) in the semi-final first leg against Olympique Marseille. A similar starting position for the second leg in a week, Starcoach Jose Mourinho with AS Rome gained a 1: 1 (1: 0) at Leicester City.
Rotterdam played a 2-0 lead on the way to the first desired European Cup victory since the UEFA Cup triumph against Borussia Dortmund in the first round with a 2-0 lead by hit by Nigerian Cyriel Desser (18th) and the Colombian Luis Sinisterra (20.) until the break.
After compensation of the French by the Senegalese Bamba Dieng (28th) and the Brazilian veteran Gerson (40th), the hosts who had won both encounters in the group phase against Bundesliga club Union Berlin (3: 1 and 2: 1), thank you in dessers (46th) for the advantage in the second leg. Dessers met in the second section after nine seconds.
Mourinho’s team in Leicester was also able to hope for a lead in the decisive second leg. After Rome’s former tour of Lorenzo Pellegrini, the ex-Leipzig Ademola Lookman (67th) secured the British, who had been PSV Eindhoven with the German coach Roger Schmidt and Mario Götze in the quarterfinals, but still a draw.
The Conference League has its premiere as a third European Cup competition behind the Champions League and the Europa League in the current season. The final will take place on May 25th in the Albanian capital Tirana.
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Berlin had taken the only place for the Bundesliga. However, after a successful qualification for the group phase, the Köpenickers were eliminated as the third in the table of Group E behind Rotterdam and Slavia Prague.