It’s arrived later than expected, but we finally have our four semi-finalists for the 2019/20 Europa League.
Here’s what happened on Tuesday evening …
Wolves 0-1 Sevilla
Scorers: Ocampos 88′
Sevilla secured their semi-final place in dramatic late circumstances after beating Wolves 1-0 in Duisburg.
After an even start, Adama Traoré embarked on another trademark solo run which subsequently forced Liverpool-linked defender Diego Carlos to bring him down inside the box.
Raul Jiménez stepped up and saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Bono – his first ever miss from 12 yards in a competitive fixture.
After the break, Joan Jordán looked certain to put Sevilla ahead but brilliant defending from Leander Dendoncker ensured only a corner was conceded instead of a goal.
Éver Banega then had a close-range free kick saved by Rui Patrício but clear cut chances were at a premium.
But with extra time looming, Lucas Ocampos capped an impressive performance with a clinical glancing header, leaving Patrício with no chance and Wolves with broken hearts.
Shakhtar 4-1 Basel
Scorers: Moraes 2′, Taison 22′, Alan Patrick 74′, Dodô 88′; Van Wolfswinkel 92′
It was a comfortable evening for Shakhtar Donetsk as they breezed past Basel in Gelsenkirchen.
The Ukrainian side were ahead after just two minutes when Junior Moraes headed in Marlos’ corner with goalkeeper Dorde Nikolić stranded.
Taison then doubled their lead with a fortuitous left-footed finish, but the move that preceded it displayed some stunning one-touch, counter attacking play.
Basel improved after the break and went close through Arthur Cabral, whose finish was poor after rounding veteran stopper Andriy Pyatov.
But Shakhtar put the game beyond doubt after Alan Patrick slammed home from the penalty spot, with Dodô adding a fourth late on.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel added a consolation in injury time to restore some pride for FCB.
What comes next?
- Sevilla v Manchester United (16 August)
- Inter v Shakhtar (17 August)
The Europa League final will take place on August 21.