• Sevilla v Fiorentina, Napoli v Dnipro
  • Semi-final games to played on 7 May and 14 May
  • Final to be held on 27 May in Warsaw
  • Live coverage of the Champions League semi-final draw available here
Europa League

The prospects of an all-Italian final remain a real possibility in the Europa League. We get back down to business in 13 days time for the first legs in 7 May.

You can follow IBTimes UK's live draw of the Champions League semi-final right here. After that, it will be goodbye to Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino for another season.


So, there we have it. Holders Sevilla will meet Fiorentina in their semi-final clash, with the first leg taking place at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on 7 May.

Napoli meanwhile take on semi-final debutants FC Dnipro, hosting the first leg at the Stadio San Paolo on the same date. Both return fixtures will take place on the following Thursday on 14 May.






And we are ready to start...


The incentive of qualification for the Champions League will be welcomed by all four teams vying for success in this competition. Holders Sevilla remain in the race for automatic qualification, but risk being squeezed out by Valencia, who currently occupy the coveted fourth spot with a two point advantage over the Andalucians.

It's a similar story for Napoli. With only Italy's top three qualifying for Europe's premier tournament, Lazio and Roma occupy second and third spot on equal points behind runaway leaders Juventus. Rafa Benitez's side must close a point gap of five points to crash the party.

Fiorentina's chances of doing that are all but gone. They currently lie nine points off Champions League qualification and at the moment, are not even in contention for Europa League qualification.

Dnipro meanwhile sit third in the Ukrainian top flight, good enough for qualification for this competition again next season.


Sevilla remain on course to defend their European crown. Should they do that, they will become the first team to have lifted the trophy on four occasions. A 2-2 draw away to Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit kept that dream alive last night as they secured a 4-3 aggregate win over the Russian giants.

Fiorentina meanwhile were made to work in their first leg draw away to Dynamo Kiev, but a dominant performance against the Ukrainian outfit back in Florence saw them take their place in the final four, courtesy of goals form Mario Gomez and Juan Manuel Vargas to secure a 3-1 victory on aggregate.

Italy's representation in European competition remains as strong as it has been in years with Napoli joining the party. Rafa Benitez's side surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw with Wolfsburg in Naples on Thursday night, but a 4-1 thrashing in the first leg ensured their progression.

And Yevhen Shakhov's winner eight minutes from time broke the stalemate against Club Brugge ensured FC Dnipro's chances of causing an upset stay alive.


With a place in next year's Champions League on offer for the winner, the Europa League is serious business this term. While those sides from the Premier League fell at early stages, Fiorentina, Napoli, Sevilla and Dnipro have looked upon this competition as a real way to secure a place amongst Europe's elite next term. Three more wins will get them there.