Roma take narrow lead over Leverkusen in Europa semi
AS Roma have grabbed a 1-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in their Europa League semi-final first leg, thanks to 20-year-old Edoardo Bove's second-half goal.
Roma youth product Bove stabbed in the winner on the rebound in the 63rd minute at Olimpico Stadium for his first European goal.
Roma, bidding to win back-to-back European titles under coach Jose Mourinho following last season's Europa Conference League triumph, travel to Leverkusen next week for the return leg.
The winners will face Juventus or Sevilla, who drew 1-1 in their first leg on Thursday, in the final in Budapest on May 31.
It all started according to plan for Xabi Alonso's Leverkusen, who have not made a European final since their 2002 appearance in the Champions League showpiece.
In a lively start they came close twice, with Robert Andrich's shot saved after 40 seconds and Florian Wirtz wasting a golden chance when he fired wide.
The hosts, missing several players through injury and with Paulo Dybala and Georginio Wijnaldum not fully fit yet and on the bench, responded with Roger Ibanez' powerful header which Hradecky palmed wide with a superb reflex save.
They broke the deadlock just past the hour when Bove started a move and stabbed in on the rebound after Hradecky had saved Tammy Abraham's shot.
The visitors almost bagged an unexpected equaliser towards the end of a scrappy second half but Jeremie Frimpong's 87th-minute shot was blocked on the line.
In Turin, Federico Gatti scored with a header seven minutes into added time to earn Juventus a 1-1 home draw against Sevilla.
Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri scored early in the first half with a tidy finish from close range and Sevilla could have extended their lead before the break.
Toothless Juventus recorded their first shot on target in the 65th minute but were able to find the equaliser in the last play of the game when defender Gatti headed home from close range following a corner.
The teams meet again at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium next Thursday.