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

ACF Fiorentina v FC Sevilla - UEFA Europa League: Semi Final

ACF Fiorentina v FC Sevilla - UEFA Europa League: Semi Final

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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.

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