Emery: We earned our good fortune

Sevilla head coach Unai Emery has played down claims his side relied on good fortune to get past La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.

The defending champions saw their 2-1 advantage from the quarter-final first leg cancelled out by Los Leones at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Thursday as the visitors scored twice in the second half through Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia.

Kevin Gameiro levelled the aggregate scoreline for Los Rojiblancos, who went on to reach the last-four stage of the competition after beating the Basque outfit 5-4 in a penalty shootout.

Emery revealed his team had prepared for such an eventuality and insisted the Andalusians deserved to go through as they created their own luck.

"The key [on reaching the semis] is that we were ready to play until the last penalty. We discussed and prepared for it," he said after the match.

"Some may call it luck, but I call it good luck, and that has to be earned. Athletic were great opponents."

Gameiro scored the winning penalty for the hosts despite picking up an injury in extra-time, and Emery added: "We felt that if he could walk and shoot then he had to take one."

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