After conceding a late equalizer in their UEFA Europa League semifinal with Dnipro, Napoli coach Rafael Benitez was not pleased.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Partenopei conceded a controversial late goal to Dnipro, sparking outrage from their president, who claimed that the Europa League is "worthless."
He had not even played top flight Spanish football this time two years ago, but playing in an unfamiliar role Vidal fired his side to the brink of a European final.
Rafael Benitez's men are undone by a controversial equalizer from substitute from Yevhen Seleznyov, giving the Ukrainian side the advantage heading home for the return leg.
Sevilla will take a 3-0 lead over Fiorentina into the second leg, while visiting Dnipro managed to draw Napoli.
The reigning champions have one foot in the Europa League final thanks to a devastating display inspired by wing wizards Vitolo and Aleix Vidal, the latter scoring twice.
Yevhen Seleznyov's equalizer stunned Napoli fans into silence as Dnipro claimed a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal.
Sevilla has one foot in another UEFA Europa League final after a 3-0 semifinal first-leg win over Fiorentina.
The home side are formidable opposition at the Sanchez Pizjuan - can Vincenzo Montella's side come away with a result?
Rafa Benitez's men play host in the first leg of this Europa League semi-final - follow the action live!
The Spanish club have won the competition three times - in 2006, 2007 and 2014 - and could become the only team to claim a quartet of titles by going all the way this season
The 31-year-old didn't get off the bench for Argentina at the World Cup but could end a 50-year wait for his country's goalkeepers in European competition, writes Brian Oliver.
The Fiorentina boss has quickly carved out a reputation for himself as one of the continent's top young coaches, writes Kris Voakes.
The 19-year-old Ukrainian has played a prominent role in his side's run to the Europa League semifinals and is now ready to take on Napoli for a place in Warsaw.
The Rojiblancos midfielder is well aware of the threat posed by Fiorentina as the two sides prepare to meet in Thursday's semifinal in Andalusia.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Defending champion Sevilla is relishing its UEFA Europa League semifinal with Fiorentina, according to Timothee Kolodziejczak.
There will be a sizable gulf in European experience when Dnipro makes the trip to Napoli in the UEFA Europa League this week.
Monday, May 4, 2015
The Real Madrid attacker netted a hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday to extend his lead over the Barcelona forward to two goals
Friday, April 24, 2015
Dnipro will be the underdog in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, but Napoli's manager is not taking the club lightly.
The Stadio San Paolo side will meet Ukrainian opposition in the semifinals, while the holder takes on Vincenzo Montella's outfit.