The Europa League has reached its semi-final stage, and there is a lot of excitement around the remaining teams. Roma and Bayer Leverkusen are two of the teams that have made it this far, and they faced off against each other in the first leg of the semi-final.

The first leg took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and it was a closely contested match. Roma managed to come out on top, but only by a slim margin. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the Italian side, but there is still everything to play for in the second leg.

The match got off to a slow start, with both teams feeling each other out in the opening stages. However, Roma was the first to create a real chance, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan testing the Leverkusen goalkeeper with a long-range shot. Leverkusen responded with a chance of their own, but Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was equal to it.

The game’s first goal came in the 21st minute, and it was a moment of brilliance from Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini. The midfielder picked up the ball just outside the Leverkusen box, and he danced his way past two defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Roma Chris Smalling handled the ball in the box

Leverkusen responded well to going behind, and they pushed forward in search of an equalizer. Their pressure paid off in the 31st minute when they won a penalty after Roma’s Chris Smalling handled the ball in the box. Leverkusen’s star man, Lucas Alario, stepped up to take the penalty, and he made no mistake, firing the ball past Mirante to level the scores.

The rest of the first half was a tight affair, with both teams creating chances but failing to take them. The second half started in the same way, with both teams looking for a way to break the deadlock.

Roma managed to find the breakthrough in the 60th minute, and it was another moment of individual brilliance that made the difference. This time it was Mkhitaryan who provided the magic, as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box before curling a beautiful shot into the top corner of the net.

Leverkusen tried to respond once again, but Roma’s defense held firm, and they were able to see out the remainder of the game to secure the victory. It was a hard-fought win for Roma, and they will be pleased to have a slender lead heading into the second leg.

The second leg of the semi-final promises to be just as exciting as the first, with Leverkusen looking to overturn the deficit and Roma looking to secure their place in the final. Both teams have the quality to win the tie, and it will come down to who performs better on the day.

Roma will be buoyed by their home advantage, as they will be playing in front of their own fans at the Stadio Olimpico. The Italian side has been in good form in the Europa League this season, and they will be looking to continue that form in the second leg.

Leverkusen, on the other hand, will be looking to make the most of their opportunities in front of goal. The German side has a talented attacking lineup, and they will be looking to get on the scoresheet early in the second leg.

Overall, the first leg of the Europa League semi-final between Roma and Leverkusen was a closely contested match, with Roma coming out on top by a slim margin. However, there is still everything to play for in the second leg, and it promises to be a thrilling encounter. Both teams will be giving their all to secure their place in the final, and it will be fascinating to see who comes out