Thursday, August 6, 2020 at
FC Basel and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the last two clubs to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Europa League. After a 0-3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg, the Swiss were almost certain of the next round and won 1-0 at home on Thursday evening. Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympiacos, which turned out to be enough to convert after an earlier 1-1 draw.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Olympiacos 1-0
Wolverhampton provided the first goal danger after two minutes and was soon given the golden opportunity to open the score: in the sixteen-meter area, Olympiacos goalkeeper Bobby Allain got involved in a battle for the ball with Daniel Podence, after which the former was pushed into the and referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the penalty spot. Raúl Jiménez shot coolly from eleven meters into the right corner: 1-0. He kept his faultless status from eleven yards, with eight penalties used in as many attempts for Wolverhampton.
After fifteen minutes, Jiménez’s second goal was rejected due to an alleged foul by Romain Sass that preceded the goal. On the other side, after a intervention by the VAR and a relatively long check, a hit by Mady Camara was canceled because Youssef El-Arabi appeared to be offside in the build-up. In the second half the game swung up and down. There were opportunities on both sides; neither team had any clear superiority. In the end, the score didn’t change despite countless threatening moments, allowing Wolverhampton to prepare for a meeting with Sevilla on Tuesday.
FC Basel – Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0
The elimination of Adi Hütter’s team in Europe comes as no surprise: the first game in mid-March, in-house, was lost 0-3. Eintracht Frankfurt failed to brush these figures away in St. Jakob Park. Although the visitors, with Bas Dost in the base, worked hard, they rarely passed the compact defense of FC Basel. Just before half time Dost headed just over. The Swiss even had the best chances of an opening goal in the first 45 minutes, but Kevin Trapp did not cooperate.
After the break, Eintracht emphatically searched for a goal and FC Basel sometimes had a difficult time. Despite all efforts and possibilities: two minutes before the end, Fabian Frei was able to go straight through the defense to find the goal, play around Trapp and take care of the 1-0. Jonathan de Guzman, who had an expiring contract, was no longer at Hütter’s disposal. At FC Basel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jasper van der Werff came in as substitute in the 66th minute. Basel takes on Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarterfinals.