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Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk to qualify for Europa League final

Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk and will meet Liverpool in the final of the Europa League on 18 May in Basel.

Kevin Gameiro.
Miguel Angel MorenattiAP

Pure passion. Sevilla qualified for their fifth European final on Thursday, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on the night, to go through 5-3 on aggregate, in an incredible atmosphere at the Sánchez Pizjuán on yet another magical European night. 

Some strange power has linked Sevilla with the Europa League, formerly the Uefa Cup and for now they show no signs of being separated.

With this evening's win the Andalusians remain on course for a third consecutive Europa League title. The hero was Kevin Gameiro who struck twice to down Shakhtar. After his second goal he paid tribute to Sevilla player Krohn-Dehli who was injured in the first leg. Sevilla will now meet Liverpool in the final in Basel.  

Paying tribute to Krohn-Dehli
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Paying tribute to Krohn-DehliJosé Manuel VidalEFE

Sevilla have won the competition four times in the last 10 years and can secure their place in next season's Champions League with victory over Jurgen Klopp's men in Switzerland on May 18.

Already holding the cushion of two away goals from the first leg last week, Gameiro gave Sevilla the perfect start when he fired into the far corner after just nine minutes.

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo briefly gave the Ukrainians hope when he levelled on the night with a calm finish a minute before half-time.

However, Sevilla quickly reasserted their stranglehold on the tie with a fine team goal finished off by Gameiro two minutes into the second-half for his 28th goal of the season.

Gameiro makes it 2-1.
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Brazilian right-back Mariano handed Sevilla a two-goal advantage they never looked like relinquishing when he smashed home a stunning third just before the hour mark from outside the box.

Sevilla cruised comfortably to the final whistle and their ticket to another final. And the fans sang: Sevilla, Sevilla, Sevilla...!


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