Duisburg / Gelsenkirchen – Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevilla FC of Spain have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League tournament in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Donetsk, who won against VfL Wolfsburg in the round of 16, won 4-1 (2-0) against FC Basel on Tuesday night in Gelsenkirchen. Sevilla beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (0-0) just 40 kilometers from Duisburg. Schachtjor will face Leverkusen winner Inter Milan in the semi-final on Monday in Düsseldorf. Record-winner Sevilla will play against Manchester United in Cologne on Sunday.
Donetsk quickly took the lead thanks to Júnior Moraes (2nd), Taison (22nd), Alan Patrick (75th / foul penalty) and Dodô (88th) following suit. FC Basel, who had ruled out Eintracht Frankfurt from the competition, disappointed especially offensively. Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s move (90. + 2) did not change anything. In Duisburg, Lucas Ocampos (88th) found himself late for Sevilla. Among Wolves, Raúl Jiménez failed on a penalty against Sevillian goalkeeper Yassine Bounou (13th).
“We should have made better decisions, but that’s the game,” Wolves coach Nuno Espírito Santo said. “We have to recover now. The boys need a break. It’s not a long break. It’s almost like a stop-and-go.”
Donetsk started in Gelsenkirchen with six Brazilians and was clearly superior from the start. Júnior Moraes’ header from a corner shortly after kick-off boosted self-confidence – and the Baselers coached by former Bundesliga coach Marcel Koller (VfL Bochum and 1. FC Köln) in distress. After Taison’s goal, Júnior Moraes could have increased, but he missed Basel goalkeeper Djordje Nikolic (30th). Marcos Antonio only hit the crossbar (40th).
Half an hour before the end, Basel became a little more active, but still unable to bring the professionals skillfully in defense of Donetsk in a decisive position. Shakhtar limited himself to a few counterattacks. The whistle for a penalty decided the match, Yannick Marchand had previously committed a fault on Taison. Dodô established the final score
In Duisburg, the two teams looked very early for the way forward. In an early phase engaged and led offensively, Wolves had a great chance to take the lead with the penalty, but Bounou thwarted it. Previously, Adama Traoré was the victim of a foul in the penalty area by Diego Carlos. The act of saving the goalkeeper appeared to boost players at the Spanish club, who, along with Atlético Madrid, are the record Europa League winners.
Sevilla took a distinct overweight in midfield, dominated the game, but only had a few really clear chances to score. Youssef En-Nesyri with just one action (62nd) and Jules Koundé (66th) with their heads still had the best opportunities, veteran Éver Banega also failed on a nice free kick from Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patrício (77th).
Everything pointed to extra time, but Sevilla’s top scorers could be counted on from the previous Primera División season: after a cross from half-field, Ocampos was heading for the Andalusian victory.
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