2015-16 Uefa Europa League semi-final first legs

Full-time: Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool

Full-time: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Sevilla

  • Substitute Adrian Lopez netted deep into injury time to hand La Liga outfit a slender advantage in semi-final
  • Liverpool failed to notch an away goal, but saw a second-half shot from Roberto Firmino pushed onto the post by Sergio Asenjo
  • Cedric Bakambu also hit the woodwork for Villarreal and was denied by a fine late save from Simon Mignolet
  • Jurgen Klopp lost Philippe Coutinho due to illness at half-time but declined to utilise in-form striker Daniel Sturridge
  • Elsewhere, Sevilla remain on course for a third successive Europa League triumph after a hard-fought draw in Lviv
  • Vitolo gave Unai Emery's side an early lead, but they were soon pegged back by Marlos and Taras Stepanenko
  • The Spaniards eventually equalised from the spot through Kevin Gameiro after Vitolo was brought down by Facundo Ferreyra
Adrian Lopez
Adrian Lopez snatched a late winner for Villarreal after being unselfishly teed up by Denis Suarez AFP

That is all for this particular blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction from El Madrigal. Our live football coverage returns at the weekend with a whole host of Premier League fixtures including Arsenal vs Norwich and Leicester's potentially title-clinching trip to Manchester United.

We will also bring you that clash between Swansea and Liverpool in addition to a London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham on Monday evening.

Goodbye for now.


Sevilla were not at their best against Shakhtar and quickly found themselves trailing despite taking an early lead. That Gameiro penalty really appears to have turned the semi-final in their favour, however, and Emery's side will be increasingly confident of a third consecutive Europa League triumph.


A bitter late pill to swallow for Liverpool, who would likely have been very content indeed to return to Anfield with a 0-0 scoreline. The tie is certainly not beyond them by any means, although they are now vulnerable to an away goal. That result is likely to leave many wondering why Klopp neglected to use Sturridge or Benteke earlier.

The Reds travel to Swansea on Sunday before the second leg on Merseyside in one week's time. Villarreal, meanwhile, will hope to strengthen their grip on fourth place even further with a short trip to Valencia.



Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Sevilla


A late yellow card for Srna in Ukraine, where Shakhtar may have carelessly tossed away their chances of a first Europa League final since 2009.


Villarreal have won it in the final throes of injury time. After Moreno is caught out of possession, Toure cannot cut out a long pass. Suarez comes forward and plays the ball across for Lopez, who taps home from close range. Mignolet appeals in vain for an offside flag.

What a sucker punch for Liverpool.

Adrian Lopez


Goal: Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool (Adrian Lopez)


As the clock hits 90 minutes, Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu rather bizarrely makes a triple substitution.


Banega looks to add a third goal for Sevilla, but his effort deflects off the head of Rakitskiy and wide.

Benteke replaces Firmino for Liverpool as we enter three minutes of additional time. Four to be played in Lviv.


A crucial late save from Mignolet to thwart Bakambu after the DR Congo striker was played in by Suarez. Moreno then shows incredible pace and surges forward on the counter before firing over.


Moments after N'Zonzi is very fortunate to escape punishment after a heated clash with Stepanenko at a corner, Sevilla pull level from the penalty spot after Vitolo is brought down by a needless sliding tackle from one-time Newcastle loanee Facundo Ferreyra.

Gameiro steps up to smash home his seventh strike in eight matches. Sevilla will surely be favourites to progress now with two away goals.

Kevin Gameiro


Goal: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Sevilla (Kevin Gameiro)


How have Sevilla not equalised? Vitolo drifts beyond Rakitskiy too easily and squares it for Gameiro, but somehow Oleksandr Kucher is able to clear off the line.


Gameiro is played in again by Banega, but this time he blazes over under considerable pressure. Srna then produces a peach of a cross at the other end but Sevilla survive.


Sevilla think they have equalised in Ukraine when Kevin Gameiro turns home Vitolo's low cross from close range, only to be denied by a questionable offside flag.

An injury to Bailly leads Marcelino to use his third and final substitution. Musacchio comes on.


Excellent defending from Bailly to cut out an inviting cross but his second header almost leads to a chance. Villarreal make two changes in quick succession, bringing on Castillejo and Adrian Lopez for Jonathan and Soldado.


Ugly scenes in Lviv, where substitute Krohn-Dehli writhes in agony after his knee appeared to pop out of place. That looks very nasty indeed and he receives immediate treatment before being carted off. Coke is on in his place.


Soldado thinks that Toure should be in hot water for a perceived high boot. No booking follows and the ex-Tottenham man takes matters into his own hands by scything down Lucas.


Klopp and Marcelino exchange angry words on the touchline after a robust collision between Pina and Lucas. The referee goes over to calm things down and both managers shake hands with a smile.


Liverpool have really lacked a central attacking threat tonight, but they almost take the lead when the otherwise ineffective Firmino collects a pass from Milner and produces a dangerous low shot that is pushed onto the post by Asenjo. Close.


Krohn-Dehli has made a real impact since coming on for Sevilla and a powerful low drive forces Pyatov into a save.

In Spain, Costa receives treatment after being caught with an accidental stray arm to the face while creeping up on Lovren. Milner also stands firm to snuff out the threat of Suarez.


Costa is booked for Villarreal after a heavy sliding challenge that fells Clyne. Soldado then gives the ball away in his own half but Firmino's cross is headed away by centre-back Eric Bailly.


With almost an hour played, Sevilla boss Unai Emery makes his first change by replacing Yevhen Konoplyanka with Michael Krohn-Dehli.

He is immediately in the thick of the action and N'Zonzi heads wide.


Pyatov has not had a great deal to do tonight other than pick the ball out of the back of the net following Vitolo's early opener. On this occasion, he springs to his right to push Carrico's hopeful shot wide.