It was another crazy, crazy week in the UEFA Europa League. Rangers defeated Braga in extra time. Christopher Nkunku scored a brace to lead RB Leipzig past Atalanta, cementing the revival of the club under Domenico Tedesco. West Ham produced a performance for the ages, smashing Lyon 3-0 in France.
The semi-finals are set! 🤩
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— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 14, 2022
However, the biggest talking point has been Frankfurt dumping out Barcelona at the Spotify Camp Nou. Though the Catalans scored twice late on, the controversy about how so many away fans were inside the stadium rumbles on.
Nevertheless, the stage is set for the semi-final later this month. FootTheBall has got you covered regarding all you need to know as the Europa League enters its penultimate stage.
When is it taking place?
The semi-finals of the Europa League will take place on April 28. Both the fixtures will kick off at the same time (7 pm/UK time). The second leg will be held on May 6 at the same time.
Which teams are playing?
The two ties are:
RB Leipzig vs Rangers (first leg)
West Ham United vs Eintracht Frankfurt (first leg)
All four teams would not have been considered strong contenders for the Europa League trophy when the competition began. Moreover, all of these teams have gone through turmoil this season. It is incredibly hard to pick a favorite right now but these matchups have thrown up several intriguing storylines.
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The subplots to watch out for
Needless to say, the fact that there are so many unpredictable teams, the themes of the ties will be unique. Therefore, it makes sense to analyze each team in detail and what can be expected from them.
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