Friday, April 24, 2015

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Napoli have been handed arguably the easiest draw in the Europa League semi-finals but the coach insists their opponents have proven themselves as a tough outfit

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The Stadio San Paolo side will meet Ukrainian opposition in the semi-finals, while the holders take on Vincenzo Montella's outfit

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The Brazil forward scored a brilliant goal but could not guide his side to the semi-finals, with Carlos Bacca earning a place after scoring one of Sevilla's crucial goals

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The Zenit forward curled in a shot from a good 40 yards but it was not enough to keep his team in the competition, as Kevin Gameiro's late effort put Sevilla through

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The Dutch forward was given a second yellow card against Fiorentina for simulation but the former striker insists there was contact in the challenge

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The Zenit coach was deeply displeased at the way the Europa League holders were able to take the lead from the spot but praised their efforts to respond

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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A short free kick from the Israel international led to the Belgians' exit - and the coach was quick to hit out at the forward's thinking

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The Germans' 2-2 draw at Napoli was not enough to make amends for last week's 4-1 defeat on home soil as they crashed out of the Europa League

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The forward, who played his part as Rafa Benitez's men held Wolfsburg to a 2-2 draw to reach the last four, wants an all-Italian showpiece in Warsaw

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The German striker scored the opening goal on Thursday as Fiorentina reached their first European semi-finals since 2007-08 at the expense of the Ukrainian visitors

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COMMENT: The Europa League holders were on the brink of elimination against Zenit, but somehow found a way to progress as their love affair with the tournament continued

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Fiorentina beat Dynamo Kiev and Napoli easily protected their aggregate lead by drawing 2-2 with Wolfsburg but there was plenty of drama to be found in Ukraine and Russia

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The Italian side secured their place in the Europa League semi-finals thanks to Mario Gomez and Juan Vargas after Jeremain Lens' first-half dismissal for the visitors

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COMMENT: The German scored the crucial opener in Fiorentina's 2-0 Europa League win over Dynamo Kiev - but only three minutes after the visitors' Dutch forward had been sent off

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Yevhen Shakhov's dramatic late winner secured the Ukrainian outfit's first ever semi-final appearance in European competition, ending the Belgian side's hopes for the treble