Fenerbahce exit Europa Conference League after loss to Olympiacos on penalties

Irfan Can Kahveci of Fenerbahce (obscured) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Quarter-final second leg match between Fenerbahçe and Olympiacos FC at on April 18, 2024 in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Turkish club Fenerbahce was eliminated from the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday by Greek opponents Olympiacos after a heartbreaking 3-2 penalty shootout.

Turkish midfielder Irfan Can Kahveci scored the opener for Fenerbahce in the box in the 12th minute of the last eight match held in Istanbul after Sebastian Szymanski found him.

Home team Fenerbahce led the first half at Ulker Stadium.

Fenerbahce forward Michy Batshuayi scored in the 82nd minute, but the Belgian player's goal was disallowed after a VAR check, as he was offside.

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The sides leveled at 3-3 on aggregate, so the match went to extra time and then the penalty shootout.

Olympiacos defender Andreas Ntoi was sent off after a foul on Fenerbahce winger Cengiz Under near the end of extra time.

After a 3-3 on aggregate, the penalties decided the winning team.

Olympiacos' Ayoub El Kaabi, Andre Horta and Giorgos Masouras scored. Youssef El-Arabi and Rodinei missed their penalties.

Olympiacos goalkeeper Kostas Tzolakis put in a heroic performance, saving three penalties.

Batshuayi and Alexander Djiku scored for Fenerbahce during the penalty shootout.

But Fenerbahce trio Dusan Tadic, Cengiz Under and Leonardo Bonucci each missed their penalties to let Olympiacos reserve their place in the semifinals.

Olympiacos will next play against England's Aston Villa.

In addition, Italy's Fiorentina and Belgium's Club Brugge qualified for the semis.

Aston Villa won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate France's Lille. Fiorentina beat Czech opponents Viktoria Plzen 2-0 after extra time.

Club Brugge beat PAOK 2-0 in Greece.

The two-legged Europa Conference League semifinals will begin on May 2.

The 2024 final will be played at Athens' AEK Arena on May 29.

Semifinal stage

Aston Villa - Olympiacos

Fiorentina - Club Brugge

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