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Europa League final set: Defending champs Sevilla to face Dnipro in Warsaw

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The 2014-15 UEFA Europa League final is set. Sevilla, the defending Europa League champions, will face Dnipro in Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday, May 27. Coincidentally, Sevilla happen to be the last side to win Europe’s second-tier tournament, then known as the UEFA Cup, in back to back season year (2006 and 2007)

Fiorentina 0-2 (0-5 agg.) Sevilla

The defending champs put this tie to bed very early in the second leg, grabbing a 22nd-minute goal through Carlos Bacca, forcing Fiorentina to score no less than five goals in order to advance, thanks to the away-goals tiebreaker. Daniel Carrico added a second goal five minutes later, forcing Fiorentina to score no fewer than six goals to advance.

Josip Ililcic missed a penalty in the 67th minute, Fiorentina’s best chance to snatch a consolation goal, by blasting the ball over the crossbar.

Dnipro 1-0 (2-1 agg.) Napoli

Ahead of the semifinal draw, there three teams desperate to face Dnipro, the perceived “weakest” competitor remaining. Not so fast, because the Ukrainian side is heading to the final after knocking of Rafa Benitez’s Napoli.

Despite holding just 36 percent of the game’s possession, Dnipro managed to create 10 chances in the game and put an efficient seven shots on target. Napoli, who created 18 chances (6 on target) just couldn’t find a way through Dnipro’s well-organized, disciplined defense. Evgen Seleznyov, the scorer of Dnipro’s goal in the first leg, scored the second leg’s only goal, heading home from close range Yevhen Konoplyanka’s cross in the 58th minute.

La Liga and Serie A roundup: Chicharito scores twice in Real Madrid victory, Napoli downs Sampdoria

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The season’s end of club soccer in Europe is drawing to a close with many sides still inging for better standing in their league tables.

In Spain and Italy, several matches occurred on Sunday in each country’s top-flight, and some had implications in the quest for late-year excellence.

Real Madrid 4-2 Celta Vigo: Cristiano Ronaldo was on the pitch for Real Madrid and was never substituted off, but he wasn’t necessarily the focal point of Los Blancos‘ third consecutive win. It was Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who started the game and scored half of Real’s total to give him a four goals in the past four games. Hernandez’s first arrived as the consequence of some crafty interplay with young Colombian star James Rodriguez (also a scorer in this one), and the next one was a fine finish from Sergio Ramos’ assist. Toni Kroos’ long-range effort in the 16th minute leveled the score following Nolito’s game-opener. To make the score 2-2, Santi Mina netted an equalizer from his strike that rebounded off the post in the 28th minute.

[RELATED: Saturday’s roundup]

Sevilla 2-0 Rayo: Sevilla is doing their best to qualify for the Champions League next season, and this win over 11th place Rayo has ushered them closer to that goal. Defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra buried the first goal of the contest in the 16th minute when Diogo Figueiras set him up, and two minutes prior to the half, Daniel Carrico headed Denis Suarez’s cross into the net’s corner for the 2-0 advantage. Rayo pushed hard to generate some threatening offensive possession in the second half, and Gael Kakuta and Alejandro Pozuelo had endeavors that could’ve changed the game. Still, it was clear that Sevilla, now one point ahead of fifth-place Valencia and six points behind third-place Atletico Madrid, had more to fight for.

Other La Liga results from today

Malaga 1-1 Deportivo

Almeria 2-0 Eibar

 

Results from Saturday

Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

Getafe CF 0-1 Levante

Real Sociedad 0-0 Villarreal

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Elche


 

Napoli 4-2 Sampdoria: An own-goal from Napoli center back Raúl Albiol gave Sampdoria the early 12th-minute lead and stunned the home supporters at the Stadio San Paolo. But the Little Donkeys, who are vying for the best finish possible with several other squads in Serie A’s top five, turned the tide rapidly. In the 31st minute, Il Doria goalkeeper Manolo Gabbiadini regretfully let in Napoli’s opener from Manolo Gabbiadini, and three minutes later, Gabbiadini fed Gonzalo Higuaín for the 2-1 lead. Lorenzo Insigne’s goal, a late effort from Sampdoria’s Luis Muriel and a penalty-kick conversion from Higuaín wrapped up the scoring, as Napoli is currently three points away from Lazio in second place.

Parma 1-0 Palermo: Parma had braved a season of financial doubt, amid reports that the club, having transportation issues and a short supply of hot water, declared bankruptcy in March. Situated deep in the table at last place, holding 16 total points on the season, little has been expected of the Crusaders. Nonetheless, based on a 1-0 victory over mid-table Palermo, it appears the Italian bottom dwellers are not calling it quits quite yet. When Antonio Nocerino buried the penalty kick after Massimo Gobbi was hauled down in the box, Parma had grabbed the key advantage needed to walk away with a confidence boosting victory, but the outfit is fifteen points away from escaping demotion with just six games left.

Other Serie A results from today

Atalanta 2-2 Empoli

Torino 2-1 Juventus (first derby win in 20 years)

Fiorentina 1-3 Cagliari

Lazio 1-1 Chievo

Verona 3-2 Sassuolo

Genoa 3-1 Cesena

 

Results from Saturday

Udinese 2-1 Milan

Inter Milan 2-1 Roma