Shakthar smashes Basel, Sevilla moves to another Europa League final

Shakthar smashes Basel, Sevilla moves to another Europa League final

We have our Europa League semifinals matches as Shakthar Donetsk and Sevilla joined Inter and Manchester United after winning over Basel and Wolves respectfully. The Ukranian side showed the greatest firepower by bombarding the Swiss in a 4:1 (2:0) win. At the same time, Sevilla outclassed the English representative and won with a sole late goal 1:0 (0:0).

The team from Donetsk start of their duel perfectly with a goal in the second minute through Junior Moraes. Just 20 minutes later Taison scored his goal and it was assisted by Marlos, same as the first. The second half saw the nominal home side score two more, first from a penalty in the 75th minute by Alan Patric, and the fourth in the 88th minute. Ricky van Wolfswinkel just eased the score in the added time.

In the other tie, Sevilla was not to be denied in a competition they practically monopolised. Although the game couldn't have a different outcome had Raul Jimenez converted the penalty his team was awarded in the 13th minute. But Sevilla's goalkeeper Bono stopped the effort of Wolves' best striker.

The punishment came late in the game - even though the English side had little to offer - as Lucas Ocampos diverted the header into the net after an Ever Banega cross.

Sevilla won the competition three times in a row between 2014 and 2016, and has two other triumphs in this century. To have the chance to do it once again, they'll have to go through 2016/2017 season winners Manchester United. While Shakthar will face Antonio Conte's Inter in a match on the 17th of August, a day after the Spanish-English match up.

Sevilla's manager Julen Lopetegui had high words of praise of his next opponents.

"We are going to play against Manchester United in the next match - they're the biggest team in the world but we're going to be prepared for them. We're focused on the next game, against a top, historic side, one of the best in the history of the sport who are in great form," said Lopetegui.


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