Jose Mourinho's AS Roma maintained their quest for European glory as they advanced to the final of the Europa Conference League, following a goalless draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.
The 1-0 aggregate victory showcased Roma's defensive prowess under the "Special One" who knows how to hold an advantage over their opposition, frustrating the home side's relentless attacks throughout the match.
As the increasingly frustrated Leverkusen side bombarded their goal in search of an equalizer, Roma held their ground, showcasing their resilience and determination.
The visitors endured a nail-biting eight minutes of added time, surviving the late surge from Leverkusen.
With their ticket to the final secured, Europa Conference League holder, Roma will face the kings of the Europa League, Sevilla in the Budapest final, scheduled for late May.
Entering the match with a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg, courtesy of a second-half goal by Rome-born midfielder Edoardo Bove, Roma approached the second leg with caution, relying on Mourinho's renowned defensive tactics.
As the clock ticked down, Roma resorted to stalling tactics, further infuriating the home fans.
The mounting frustration resulted in a tense climax to the match, with eight minutes of added time being awarded.
When the final whistle blew, an elated Mourinho made a beeline for the travelling Roma fans, celebrating their hard-fought victory.
For Roma, the triumph not only offers them a chance to claim their maiden Europa Conference League title but also presents an opportunity to secure a place in next year's prestigious Champions League competition.
While Bayer Leverkusen under the guidance of coach Xabi Alonso steered the team from the relegation spots to a European semifinal since taking charge late last year, the club looks forward to a bright future at the BayArena.
Alonso has declared his commitment to leading Leverkusen into the next season.