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Europa League, semi-finals, second leg

Valencia 3 - Sevilla 1

Sevilla will be Spain’s representatives in this year’s Europa League final after knocking out Valencia thanks to a last minute away goal! The locals cancelled out a two goal first leg deficit with less than half an hour gone, Feghouli picking up a Vargas pass before beating Beto with a shot which took a deflection off Coke, and Jonas getting on the end of a Bernat cross to steer in a header which hit the bar and went in off the back of the keeper. The visitors had their chances as well though, in particular a shot by Reyes close to half time which Diego Alves kept out, but when Mathieu got a third following a Fede corner with twenty minutes to go it looked like the Ches were going though. Rather than go for a fourth goal against a deflated opponent though they spent the next few minutes blatantly wasting time, and in the fourth minute of time added on M’Bia headed in the all-important goal for the Andalusians after Fazio headed on Coke’s long throw-in. It was a cruel blow for the Ches after what looked like an epic turn-around, and their disappointed fans applauded the team off after the final whistle. Sevilla though are in with a chance of a third European title, quite a feat considering that they finished ninth in the league last season, and only entered the early rounds of the competition after Málaga and Rayo Vallecano were disqualified from taking part for financial reasons. Their opponents in the final in Turin will be last season’s beaten finalists Benfica, who surprisingly knocked out hosts Juventus in the other semi-final. (01.05.14)