Jetro Willems is fortunate that his Eintracht Frankfurt Thursday night fully took advantage of the absence of the VAR in the Europa League. ly due to a buitenspelgoal of Filip Kostic put the Germans themselves at the expense of Benfica for the semi-finals.
Former FC Groningen attacker, Kostic was about half a metre offside when he got the ball in the 37th minute in the rebound binnenwerkte, but the touch judge was in contrast to the furious players and staff of Benfica nothing. Also Willems, who at that time sat on the sofa, expecting that the flag would go up.
“I already thought the offside was,” acknowledged the 25-year-old Dutchman after the match at the Commerzbank-Arena against FOX Sports. “That I had only really when I have the opponent on the couch absolutely love saw. For us, that was a nice bonus, of course.”
Midfielder Sebastian Rode signed after a rest for the 2-0 – he shot from the edge of the penalty area and touch – and that was exactly enough for Frankfurt to the 4-2 defeat from the heenwedstrijd in Lisbon to brush away.
Eintracht Frankfurt celebrates reaching the semi-finals. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“In Europe, I have almost played everything’
Willems, who only in the second minute of the injury time an appearance could make, was relieved that it turned out well, for his team. “I was at a number of moments to get nervous. It was especially scary when she was in the final phase on the pole shots, but we are through and that is all that counts.”
That the 22-fold international in Frankfurt this season, especially with a role as a substitute have to do, do it a little. “In Europe, I have almost played everything and in most matches I am the first switch. It is now well to everywhere minutes to catch with the eye on next season.”
“The confidence among us is now very large, but that may also be after such a race,” said Wilson, who since the summer of 2017 for Frankfurt plays. “Now we’re in the semi-finals against Chelsea, who would have thought?”
The first halvefinalewedstrijd between Eintracht and Chelsea, in the quarter-finals with Slavia Prague leaving on 2 may in Germany played. The return a week later at Stamford Bridge. The other semi-final will be between Arsenal and Valencia.
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