It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the four remaining teams in the UEFA Europa League. Sevilla, Fiorentina, Napoli and Dnipro all have a mere 90 minute (perhaps 120, and penalty kicks) to make their case for a place in the 2014-15 Europa League final.
Fiorentina 0-3 Sevilla
Aleix Vidal scored a first-leg brace and Kevin Gameiro completed the rout to give the defending champions, Sevilla, a comfortable 3-0 halftime lead. Most importantly of all, the conceded no away goals in their home leg, meaning a single goal on Thursday and Fiorentina can advance with no less than five goals of their own.
Unai Emery’s side looks destined to return to the Europa League final and defend last year’s crown. The question is: with the second semifinal much closer, who will they face?
Dnipro 1-1 Napoli
Rafa Benitez’s Napoli looked set to carry over an already-disappointing 1-0 result from the first leg, when Evgen Seleznyov equalized with 10 minutes still to play, making the Italian-Ukrainian semifinal exceedingly interesting. David Lopez score Napoli’s only goal of the first leg, heading home a cross from close range.
This year’s final will be played on May 27 in Warsaw, Poland.