Liverpool reach Europa League final. Getty
  • Liverpool to meet Sevilla in Europa League final on 18 May after 3-1 aggregate win
  • Own goal from Bruno Soriano gave Reds lead during first half
  • Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana wrapped up comprehensive Anfield win
  • Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk 5-3 on aggregate to reach third consecutive final

Liverpool have booked their place in the Europa League final where they will take on Sevilla at St. Jakob Park in Basel on 18 May. The La Liga side are chasing their third consecutive success in this competition, having sealed a 5-3 aggregate victory over Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.


FULL TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal

(Liverpool win 3-1 on aggregate)


Denis Suarez is booked after a cynical trip on Moreno. Villarreal have lost their heads a bit here, they've definitely lost this tie.


Lucas is also on for the final three minutes of added time, replacing Sturridge.


Adam Lallana prods home Liverpool's third. That will be that.

Adam Lallana


A change for Liverpool, Christian Benteke comes onto replace Firmino.


Almost a fourth! Liverpool charge forward on the counter led by Sturridge who is left one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He cuts in from the left, opens his body up to curl one into the far corner but Areola sticks out a boot to make the save. Joe Allen tries to follow it up, but the angle is against him and the chance is gone.


Liverpool have their third! Firmino does brilliantly to cut up the left flank and drill a ball into Sturridge. He miss hits his effort, but Lallana is right behind him to nudge it past Areola. Just over five minutes left; Liverpool should have their place in the final.


Goal! Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (Adam Lallana, 80)


Sturridge again tries to go by himself down the right, blasting on goal from a very tight angle but it is not troubling Areola.


Sturridge sprints across to get onto a ball that looked to be intended for Coutinho on the edge of the box and whacks a poor shot on goal that sails over. Wrong choice from the striker, both Coutinho and Milner were available there.


Suarez jinks into the box and goes down under an extremely light challenge from Moreno. He looks up pleadingly to the referee for a penalty, but gets nothing.


Suarez leaps over a couple of challenges as he ventures down the right. He eventually settles for a corner, but it is cleared away by the first man.


Ooof, what a hit by Firmino. The Brazilian receives the ball on the edge of the area and with no backlift, lashes one on goal that is palmed away by Areola.


Marcelino is forced to play his final card after that red with defender Bonera coming into replace dos Santos.


Villarreal are down to 10! Victor Ruiz, shown a yellow in the first half, is late on Lallana just outside the box. He barely steps on the playmaker's toes, but the referee shows no hesitation in dishing out a second booking. Villarreal are sinking here.


RED CARD - Victor Ruiz


Marcelino makes his second change, the ineffective Soldado is replaced by the goal scorer from the first leg, Adrian Lopez.


Liverpool cause trouble on the break again with Firmino keeping the counter alive with a wonderful backheel down the left flank. He cuts the ball back to Coutinho on the edge of the box who tries to sweep it into the far corner, but it veers wide.


Sturridge puts Liverpool ahead on aggregate! Firmino slides a ball through for the England international who is being played onside by Musacchio. With all the time in the world, he can open his body up and, via a slight deflection off the goalkeeper, find the far corner.


Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (Daniel Sturridge, 62)


Milner threads a delightful ball for Lallana to race onto down the inside right channel, but Ruiz stops him in his tracks with a superb sliding challenge.


Sevilla have taken a firm step into the Europa League. They lead 3-1 on the night against Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to Mariano who has found the back of the net from range. They now lead 5-3 on aggregate.


First change of the game as we approach the hour mark, Pina will be replaced by Manu Trigueros.