Prague, Czech Republic – Slavia Prague defeated five-time Europa League champions Sevilla 4-3 in extra-time to reach its first quarter-final in nineteen years after a dramatic night at the Eden Arena.
The other qualified teams include some of Europe’s biggest names such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Villarreal, Valencia and Benfica. The draw will take place later today at 1pm.
Sevilla came twice from behind in normal time to take the game to extra-time before Vázquez’s goal seemingly put the tie beyond Slavia’s reach. But the Czech team’s spirit didn’t break and a goal from Dutch striker Mick van Buren made it 3-3 with less than twenty minutes remaining.
Desperatly needing a fourth goal, the Červenobílí pushed on until on-loan Traoré scrambled in the 119th-minute winner that sent the Eden Arena into raptures.
“What a turn-over! This is simply unbelieveable! The stadium is in seventh heaven!” cried out UEFA match commentator Ondrej Zlamal.
The quarter-finals will take place on April 11 and 18, and we can’t wait.
Slavia Prague last reached the quarter-finals of what was then called the UEFA Cup in 2000 but lost 4-2 on aggregate to English side Leeds United. The last Czech team to reach that stage of the competition were Slavia Prague’s bitter rivals Sparta Prague in 2016, who lost to Spanish team Villarreal.