Sevilla edge Wolves to reach Europa League semis, Shakhtar progress

Record five-time Europa League winners Sevilla booked their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

Record five-time Europa League winners Sevilla booked their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

Lucas Ocampos headed home for Sevilla in the 88th minute to set up a clash with Manchester United on Sunday, with Raul Jimenez earlier missing a penalty for Wolves in a tight last-eight match.

Shakhtar will face Inter Milan in the other semi-final on Monday after the Ukrainian side thrashed Basel 4-1.

Junior Moraes, Taison, Alan Patrick and Dodo got the goals for a rampant Shakhtar, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel pulling one back late on.

Wolves started well on a warm night in Duisburg, with flying winger Adama Traore felled clumsily by Diego Carlos in the box, but Jimenez wasted the spot-kick.

The Mexican forward, Wolves’ top scorer this season, stuttered in his run up but Sevilla goalkeeper Bono did not commit and easily parried a soft and central effort.

The English side, in their first European quarter-final since the 1971-72 Uefa Cup, faded a little towards the end of the first half and Ocampos curled an effort narrowly wide of the far post.

The second half was a tight affair and with the game heading to extra-time a moment of quality from Ever Banega made the difference.

The Argentine playmaker curled a cross into the area after a short corner and Ocampos flicked his header towards the far post, beyond Rui Patricio and into the net.

“We came up against a good side who are really tight at the back,” said Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

“They were well set up and it was so tough to cause them any sort of harm, so when the goal arrived we felt that kind of relief just lift off us.

“I’ve been practicing saving penalties, especially with Ocampos, who takes penalties in a similar way [to Jimenez].

“I know Raul from our time together at Atletico Madrid so I knew a little bit how he tends to take them. But you always need luck, too.”

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who finished seventh in the Premier League as part of a long 383-day campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic, will not play European football next season.

“Frustration, [conceding] in the last minute is something that happened many times, we needed concentration on the set piece,” said the Wolves coach.

“We came this far and now it’s over. They made us run and we put in a lot of effort to try and control it, the players gave everything and the legs and the brain don’t work so well [by the end].

“We must be proud of ourselves, admitting we made some mistakes this season which we have to rectify to play at a high level. We must work harder on small details so we become stronger in these situations.”

Shakhtar started strongly in Gelsenkirchen and were quickly into the lead against their Swiss opponents.

Junior headed home for the Ukrainians in the second minute after Basel goalkeeper Dorde Nikolic came for a corner and missed.

Taison doubled their lead in the 22nd minute with a deflected effort and Marlos almost made it three with a long-range effort which struck the post.

Arthur Cabral lobbed an effort narrowly wide for Basel but Alan netted the third from the penalty spot at the other end after Taison was fouled.

Dodo added a brilliant fourth with a low drive after a charge forward from the back, before van Wolfswinkel grabbed a consolation tap-in in stoppage time.

“I’m feeling amazing because we have worked hard and we trust we can reach the final,” said Junior.

“If you want to test yourself, you have to play against teams at this high level.”

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