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Liverpool to take on Villarreal in Europa League semi-final clash

Published 15/04/2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will hope to get his side past Villarreal in the semi-final
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will hope to get his side past Villarreal in the semi-final

Liverpool will face Villarreal in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Reds produced a stunning comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield with a stoppage-time goal from Dejan Lovren which secured a place in Friday's draw.

The other semi-final will see holders Sevilla, who are chasing a third successive Europa League title, take on Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

The ties will be played on April 28 and May 5, with Liverpool set to host the second leg.

The final is at St Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland, on May 18, when the winners can claim a place in the Champions League for next season.

Liverpool and Villarreal have never met in Europe.

The Spaniards progressed to the semi-finals following a 6-3 aggregate win over Sparta Prague.

Sevilla overcame Athletic Bilbao on penalties to stay on course to become the first side to win the Europa League three times in a row, while Shakhtar secured their place in the semi-finals by beating Braga of Portugal 6-1 over two legs.

April 15, 2016 -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Europa League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Four time champions Sevilla face a tough trip to take on 2009 winners Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool, who staged a remarkable comeback over Dortmund in the quarter-finals, face Villarreal. The first matches begin on April 28. Graphic shows Europa League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.
April 15, 2016 -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Europa League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Four time champions Sevilla face a tough trip to take on 2009 winners Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool, who staged a remarkable comeback over Dortmund in the quarter-finals, face Villarreal. The first matches begin on April 28. Graphic shows Europa League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.

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