Sevilla on course to defend Europa League title

Sevilla reached their third consecutive Europa league final after ovecoming Shakthar Donetsk 5-3 on aggegarte at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

  • Sevilla 3-1 Shakthar Donestk
  • Gamiero opens scoring
  • Eduardo levels matters
  • The Frenchman grabs his brace
  • Mariano gives Sevilla two goal advantage

Match summary

Sevilla remain on course to defend their Europa League title as they brushed aside Shakthar Donestk 5-3 on aggregate to set up a date with Liverpool in their third consecutive final.

A Kevin Gamiero brace and a Mariano screamer was enough to make sure former Arsenal forward Eduardo Da Silva's goal was merely a consolation on the evening.

Full report

After their 2-2 first-leg result Sevilla knew they had a tricky encounter ahead of them in their aim to reach their third consecutive Europa League final but French forward Kevin Gamiero starred on the evening for Unai Emery's side.

The former PSG's man's early goal settled the home supports' nerves as he pounced on a howler from the Shakthar defence to coolly slot the ball past Pyatov.

As Sevilla dominated for the better part of the first-half, Hirnyky silenced the home support on the stroke of half-time as Marlos, who terrorised Los Rojiblancos in the first-leg, was in the midst of the action again when he turned supplier for Eduardo da Silva.

After a marauding solo run he slipped the ball in for the former Arsenal striker to slot home his 10th goal in his last 15 games for the away side.

But within two minutes of the restart, the Europa League holders regained the advantage as the diminutive Gameiro struck to put Sevilla back in the lead.

Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak's throughball was weighted to perfection before the French international rounded Pyatov to grab his seventh of the Europa League campaign – much to the delight of Unai Emery on the sidelines.

He nearly struck his third with an acrobatic bicycle going just wide but defender Mariano made sure they didn't live to rue the miss as his first goal for the club proved to be one for the history books.

Advancing from fullback he hit a wonderful swerving strike from outside the box with the outside of his foot that left Pyatov with no chance.

Sevilla were well on top of things as the Brazilian made it 5-3 on aggregate but Eduardo nearly pulled his side back into the game with a swift counter as he head a pinpoint Darijo Srna cross just wide of the post.

The last 20 minutes was an end-to-end affair, with Mircea Lucescu's men firmly chasing the game but Sevilla held on to record their 12th win in 13 home Europa League games and mark Emery's 100th European game as a coach in fine style with a place in the final alongside Premier League side Liverpool.

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