Tuesday and Wednesday are the days of the Champions League, Thursday belongs to the European League and Conference League. That’s basically how things are going this season. But before the Europa League round of 16 goes to the competition organizer UEFA is now surprised by the matches. In addition to FC Porto and Olympique Lyonnais, Betis Sevilla and Eintracht Frankfurt are already playing on Wednesday evening (6.45 pm / both. RTL +). But why is this?
Europa League on Wednesday instead of Thursday – that’s behind UEFA’s decision
In the case of Frankfurt, it is clear: in addition to rival Betis Sevilla, there are also record winners and domestic competitors FC Sevilla in the competition. As unranked teams, both must play a home game first. Since it would be nearly impossible, for logistical reasons, to play two matches simultaneously within a few hours in one city, UEFA decided to push the Betis match forward by a day.
The same fate befell the runners-up Portuguese FC Porto. Since the suburb of Braga, which is about 50 kilometers away, also has a home match (against AS Monaco), the Porto match against Lyon has also been presented. Thereafter, the return leg of the week will take place as usual on Thursday at the usual kick-off times of 6.45pm and 9pm.
Driven by a recent 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Eintracht’s entourage confidently made their way to Andalusia. A difficult task awaits the Hessians there. Because Betis Sevilla is having a strong season in the Spanish League and is currently in fifth place. In addition, the traditional club founded in 1907 reached the cup final. “Betis are a very good team with very good footballers,” Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner warned. At the same time, the Austrian also confirmed the goal of the Hessians. “With all the respect we have, the only thing that matters is moving forward. We want to lay the groundwork for that.” This time on Wednesday…
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