The Tottenham duo led Sevilla to the final. Brian Hill (22) and Eric Lamela (31) are the main characters.
Sevilla won 1-1 against Juventus for 90 minutes in the 2022-23 season European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) semi-final second leg home game held at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, Spain on the 19th (Korean time). couldn’t
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, both teams went into overtime. Sevilla broke the tight game in the 5th minute of extra time. Those who jointly scored were Hill and Lamela from Tottenham. Lamela, who was inside the penalty box, headed Hill’s cross from the left side, and the ball was sucked into the corner of the goal.
It was the moment when Sevilla, dubbed the ‘King of Europa’, confirmed their passage to the UEL final once again. Sevilla is the most successful UEL team. He has lifted the UEL trophy a total of six times and has won four times in the 2010s alone.
Hill and Lamela, who led the challenge for the seventh title, are from Tottenham. Coincidentally, there is a story intertwined between the two.
Lamela transferred from Tottenham to Sevilla in July 2021. At the time, Tottenham’s left side was played by Son Heung-min as the main player. Tottenham brought Hill instead of Son Heung-min and Lamela, who are the same age as him, to prepare for the future.
Coincidentally, the two were traded opponents. Tottenham concluded a ‘swap deal’ to hold Hill by putting cash on Lamela. Hill, who belonged to Sevilla at the time, played an active role as a loan student in Leganes and Eibar. Competition was difficult in Seville.
Hill, who joined Tottenham, was not guaranteed playing time. It is because his competitor was Son Heung-min. Tottenham tried to develop Hill and use it as a future main resource, but he wanted to play. After going on loan to Valencia once, Hill once again tried to jump to the starting lineup at Tottenham, but he was not happy. In the end, last January, he returned to his ‘parent’ Seville as a renter.
In other words, the two who failed to surpass Son Heung-min at Tottenham led Seville to the final. However, several players who have left Tottenham have tasted the championship. It is noteworthy whether the two will also rise to the top of the UEL.
Sevilla’s opponent is AS, led by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho’s Roma lifted the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy last season. This season, we challenge to win the European competition for the second year in a row. Coincidentally, Mourinho’s former team is also Tottenham.