LIVE - Europa League semifinals: Liverpool vs. Villarreal, Sevilla vs. Shakhtar
This is it, Liverpool.
Trailing 1-0 from their Europa League semifinal first leg against Villarreal in Spain last week, Jurgen Klopp’s boys must overturn that deficit in the second leg on Thursday to reach the final in Basel on May 18.
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Adrian Lopez’s late goal is the difference but Liverpool still believe they are in a strong position to reach their first European final since 2007 when they lost in the UEFA Champions League final to AC Milan. As we saw in the stunning quarterfinal second leg win over Borussia Dortmund, with the Anfield crowd behind them anything is possible. Don’t forget, if Liverpool wins the Europa League then they will reach the Champions League next season, something they can’t do via their league position.
In the other semifinal on Thursday, Sevilla bring Shakhtar Donetsk to Spain with the tie level at 2-2 after the first leg in Lviv saw Kevin Gameiro score a late penalty kick for the La Liga side.
Sevilla is the two-time reigning Europa League champions and have won the competition four times in the last 10 years. With two away goals in their back pocket they will fancy their chances of advancing to the final for a third-straight season but Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar have overcome extreme adversity this season as they’ve played their entire campaign away from their home city and stadium due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Click on the link above to follow both games live from 3:05 p.m. ET, while we will have reaction and analysis from both games.