Dnipro to face Sevilla in UEFA Europa League final
Thursday, May 14, 2015
First-time finalists FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will face holders and three-time winners Sevilla FC in the 2015 UEFA Europa League final in Warsaw on 27 May.
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First-time finalists FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will face holders and three-time winners Sevilla FC in the 2015 UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday 27 May at the National Stadium Warsaw.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTH MATCHES
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-0 SSC Napoli (agg: 1-2)
Yevhen Seleznyov's 58th-minute header saw off Napoli in a rain-drenched Kyiv as Dnipro registered a remarkable success to reach a historic final. Denys Boyko was outstanding again in the Dnipro goal as the hosts held out against mounting Napoli pressure, meaning Dnipro's first piece of silverware since lifting the Soviet Cup in 1989 is 90 minutes away.
ACF Fiorentina 0-2 Sevilla FC (agg: 0-5)
Sevilla, of course, were already halfway to Poland after a 3-0 first-leg triumph but there was no let-up from Unai Emery's charges as they completed a record semi-final win. Carlos Bacca and Daniel Carriço struck in the space of six first-half minutes to turn a difficult task into an impossible one for Vincenzo Montella's men, with a second-half penalty miss completing a dispiriting night for the Tuscans.
• European final pedigree – Dnipro: W0 L0, Sevilla: W3 L0
• Sevilla are bidding to become the first team to land the trophy four times. They are currently alongside Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano and Liverpool FC on three victories.
• Sevilla's Unai Emery is seeking to become only the fifth coach to claim the trophy twice or more after Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus in 1977 and 1993, Internazionale in 1991), Luis Molowny (Real Madrid CF in 1985, 1986), Juande Ramos (Sevilla in 2006, 2007) and Rafael Benítez (Valencia CF in 2004, Chelsea FC in 2013)
• This will be Dnipro's first UEFA competition final: they had never advanced beyond the quarter-finals before this season.
• These sides have never before met in UEFA competition.
• Dnipro's record v Spanish clubs: P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A1
• Sevilla's record v Ukrainian clubs: P4 W3 D1 L0 F9 A5
• This season's records – Dnipro: W6 D4 L4 F13 A10, Sevilla: W10 D3 L1 F26 A12
• Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak could play the final in his home country.
• Ramos was coach of the Sevilla side that picked up the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007 and later spent four years at the Dnipro helm before making way for Myron Markevych in 2014.
• Italian teams have won the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League nine times, more than any other nation, though there have been no successes since Parma FC's conquest in 1998/99. Spain are catching up fast, with eight victories to date – six in the last 11 years. FC Shakhtar Donetsk are the sole Ukrainian side to be awarded the trophy, in its last incarnation as the UEFA Cup in 2009.
• Dnipro are considered, for administrative purposes, the home team in the final.