Duisburg – Today, Tuesday, the other two participants in the semi-final of the Europa League tournament in North Rhine-Westphalia will be determined.
The Bundesliga is just watching. Bayer Leverkusen failed in the quarter-final the day before against Inter Milan. Previously, VfL Wolfsburg (against Schachtjor Donezk) and Eintracht Frankfurt (against FC Basel) had said goodbye for the past 16 weeks.
Inter, meanwhile, can look forward to the semi-finals against the winner of the Donetsk-Basel game. United face Wolverhampton Wanderers or Sevilla FC. The semi-finals will be played on August 16 and 17 in Cologne and Düsseldorf.
SCHACHTJOR DONEZK – FC BASEL (9 p.m.) in Gelsenkirchen
The starting position: The champions of the Ukrainian Premier League are considered very strong and have many Brazilians. VfL Wolfsburg didn’t stand a chance in the 3-0 draw in the second round match in Kiev. The Basle, coached by former Bundesliga coach Marcel Koller, are a little surprise in the quarter-finals, are only seen as promising underdogs in the duel with Donetsk. At least the Eintracht Frankfurt squad ruled out the competition a round earlier.
The stars: former Schalke Yevgeny Konopljanka, striker Junior Moraes, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, and the Maison winger are to be considered in Schachtjor. There are no big stars among the Swiss. Taulant Xhaka and Fabian Frei set the pace in the defensive midfield.
What the trainers say:
Marcel Koller (FC Basel): “They are an excellent team with technically fast individual players. It will be a very big game. But we will have our opportunities in one game. A lot is possible with extra time and penalties.”
Luís Castro (Shakhtar Donetsk): “We have enough quality to play in all the stadiums in the world against all the teams in the world. Of course, sometimes we don’t win, but we always do our best. I’m happy when we do. meet our fans and the Joy of the club We will always stay true to our style.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS – FC SEVILLA (9 p.m.) in Duisburg
The starting position: together with Atlético Madrid, Sevilla FC hold the Europa League record and are also favorites against the English. The fourth placed last season in the Spanish Primera División won the competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Sevilla beat AS Roma in the round of 16, Wolverhampton reached the round of the best eight teams against Olympiacos Piraeus.
The stars: With 14 league goals Argentina’s Lucas Ocampos made a major contribution to fourth place and Champions League qualification in Seville, and 2010 Spanish world champion Jesús Navas is an important pillar of the team. For Wolves, Mexican Raúl Jiménez was the Premier League’s top scorer with 17 goals. The two 2016 Portuguese European Champions, Rui Patrício (goalkeeper) and João Moutinho (midfielder), also have extensive international experience.
What the trainers say:
Nuno Espírito Santo (Wolverhampton Wanderers): “It’s been a long journey for us which started three years ago in the championship (editor’s note: English second division). I can’t wait for tomorrow and to play a good match. “
“Sevilla are a very good team, tough opponents. It will be a big challenge for us.”
Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla FC): “Wolves have excellent footballers, they have played the same way for a long time, they are very stable.”
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