AS Roma secured a crucial 1-0 home victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg, courtesy of a goal from 20-year-old Edoardo Bove.
The match remained goalless in the first half, with both teams displaying determination and tactical prowess.
However, it was in the 63rd minute that Roma's young talent, Bove, made his mark.
After a powerful shot from Tammy Abraham was saved by Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, Bove demonstrated his poacher instincts by pouncing on the rebound and stabbing the ball into the net to give Roma the lead.
As the game progressed, Leverkusen fought back valiantly and came close to equalizing in the latter stages of the match.
However, their hopes were dashed when Jeremie Frimpong's shot in the 87th minute was blocked on the goal line, preserving Roma's slender advantage.
Under the guidance of esteemed coach Jose Mourinho, Roma is aiming to achieve back-to-back European titles, following their triumph in the Europa Conference League last season.
The team will now travel to Leverkusen for the second leg, knowing that their narrow lead must be defended against a determined opponent.
The winner of the Roma vs. Leverkusen tie will advance to the Europa League final, where they will face either Juventus or Sevilla.