Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 19th 2015 Contents of European experience. Zenit coach Andre
Villas-Boas won the Europa League with
FC Porto in 2011 and has also managed
Chelsea and Tottenham in UEFA compe-
tition, while Giampiero Ventura is in his
first campaign in Europe --- at the age of
Defending champion Sevilla will be look-
ing to carry its Spanish league momentum
into the match with Villarreal after beating
Elche 3-0 on Sunday.
Sevilla, which has a 3-1 advantage from
the first leg against Villarreal, is fifth in the
Spanish league, one place above Villarreal.
Sevilla has won 10 and lost none of the
14 league games it has played at the Ramon
Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium this season.
"When you re winning games you can
correct any errors you make in your game
with more willingness and confidence,"
said Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca, who has
scored 40 goals for the team since joining
in 2013. "It is important to make yourself
strong at home, where you make others
The second leg between Dynamo Kiev
and Everton will be played in front of a
restricted crowd after the Ukrainian club
was punished for crowd trouble at the
Olympic Stadium in a previous round.
Part of the stadium in Kiev will be closed
for the match, which Everton goes into
with a 2-1 lead.
Everton has had a difficult season, but
is showing signs of improvement after fol-
lowing up the first-leg win over Dynamo
by beating Newcastle 3-0 in the Premier
League to move clear of relegation trou-
ble.Dynamo is at the top of the Ukrainian
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 19, 2015
MILAN---At least one Italian team will reach the
Europa League quarterfinals today, with Roma
hosting Fiorentina and looking for a distraction
from its domestic woes.
Roma had started the year battling with Juventus
for the Serie A title but has fallen 14 points behind
the defending champions after losing to Sampdoria
A crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw in Florence in
the Europa League gives Roma a slender advantage
in the second leg, but Fiorentina has already defeated
Roma in a knockout competition in the capital this
season --- 2-0 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
Inter Milan, Torino and Napoli are the other Italian
teams in the competition, with the latter the only
Serie A team to win its first leg --- 3-1 over Dynamo
Here are some things to know about Thursday s
matches in the Europa League:
Andre Schuerrle arrived in Wolfsburg as a World
Cup winner and the most expensive signing in the
club s history at an estimated 32 million euros ($34
million). So far, he s been largely a flop.
The German forward had a promising start with
two assists in his first match after leaving Chelsea,
but since then, his form has been dipping.
Schuerrle was pulled at halftime in the 3-1 win
over Inter in the home leg, with Wolfsburg s game
improving after his departure.
Many are recalling the difficult time Kevin de
Bruyne had after arriving in Wolfsburg, also from
Chelsea. Now, he is one of the league s most valuable
players, with nine goals and 17 assists.
WILL INEXPERIENCE TELL?
Although Torino s victory over Athletic Bilbao in
the last round made people sit up and take note, it
won t be easy for the Italian team to go any further
after losing to Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in the first
leg.Torino is unbeaten in 10 European home games
but Zenit has won all three of its Europa League
matches without conceding since moving into the
competition from the Champions League.
The coaches on each side have very different levels
NWSL for World Cup
ELMA---Abby Wambach is taking the season off
from playing in the National Women s Soccer
League to focus solely on representing the United
States in the World Cup this summer.
Wambach made the announcement in a release
issued yesterday by her NWSL team, the Western
New York Flash.
"At this stage of my career, I know what I need
to prepare mentally and physically for this summer,"
the 2012 FIFA Women s World Player of the Year
said. "My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup
back to the U.S."
Wambach, who made her international debut in
2001, will turn 35 on June 2, six days before the U.S.
opens the World Cup against Australia at Winnipeg,
Manitoba. She is coming off an injury-troubled year,
during which she broke her orbital bone, sustained
a concussion and was also sidelined by a sprained
Wambach is a six-time US Soccer Female Athlete
of the Year, and is a two-time Olympic gold-medal
winner. She holds the women s international career
scoring record with 178 goals.
The only thing missing from her resume is a World
Cup title. The US has not won the tournament since
claiming its second championship in 1999. The
Americans came close at Germany in 2011 before
losing the title game to Japan.
Wambach has 17 goals and seven assists in 29
career games with the Flash.
Roma hoping to save season with Europa League title
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